BECAUSE MY FREEZER IS TOO SMALL TO ACCOMMODATE ALL THE TOMATOES I’VE HARVESTED, I’ve decided to learn a new skill: waterbath canning. And to make the job as easy as possible, I ordered the nifty canning-kit you see pictured above. Of course, I purchased an extra kit for you. Would you like a chance to win it in a random drawing?
Generations of food-preserving-enthusiasts (including my mother and her mother) have used Ball’s canning kit. The product features a 21-quart capacity enamel waterbath canner, plus these really cool doo-dads: a funnel for filling the jars; a magnetic stick for retrieving heated lids; a plastic stick for removing air-bubbles; a chrome-plated rack for lowering jars into the canner, and a rubberized tong-device for lifting jars from their hot bath.
What can you preserve with this kit? Basically, anything that’s acidic. Jams, jellies, peaches, pickles and tomatoes come to mind. (To insure that tomatoes contain enough acidity, you have to add a little citric acid — either lemon juice or “Fruit Fresh” — to their jars.)
If you don’t want this canning kit, I suspect you know someone who does. What a great gift for someone who wants to learn how to “put food by.”
To enter this random drawing, just do these 3 simple things:
1. Sign up (if you haven’t already) for my weekly email newsletter.
2. Leave a comment below. Tell me what you’ve already preserved from your garden or farmers’ market, or what you would preserve, if only you had this kit. If that’s too much trouble, just say “Hello.” In any event, leave your email address (or just a portion of it) so that I can easily verify you’ve subscribed to my newsletter.
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Enter soon! This drawing ends at 11:59 PM on Saturday, September 10, 2011. I’ll announce the winner at the end of the comments; the winner will also be contacted by email. As always, I’ll let Random.org select the winner.
I look forward to reading your comments.
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