Eat Local National Can It Forward Day

Published on August 17th, 2013 | by Heather Carr


National Can-It-Forward Day and Giveaway

National Can It Forward Day

Today is National Can-It-Forward Day. Ball, maker of canning kits, jars, and automatic jam makers, is sponsoring the day. Ball has also been kind enough to give us some goodies for a giveaways to three lucky readers.

National Can-It-Forward Day shines a spotlight on canning at the time of year when we are looking at the enormous bounty of our gardens and farmers markets and wondering what to do with all that. Ball is putting on a live event today starting at 10 a.m. Eastern. Jam making and water bath canning demos, pickles demo, and crafts will be streamed live on their event page. At noon, Ted Allen of Food Network’s show Chopped will host a full hour of canning and cooking. The one I’m most looking forward to is called “Cocktails in Ball Jars” hosted by Mason Jar NYC Restaurant.

Hosts will be taking questions during the event. There’s also a giveaway each hour on the Can-It-Forward site.

The schedule of events is below. All times are Eastern.

10:00am-10:45am: Jam making and water bath canning demo by Jessica Piper
10:45am-11:00am: Craft Corner with Jordan DeFrank
11:00am-11:45am: Pickles Demo by Rick Fields
11:45am-12:00pm: Craft Corner with Jordan DeFrank
12:00pm-1:00pm: Special Guest Host Ted Allen canning and cooking demo
1:00pm-1:15pm: Cocktails in Ball Jars hosted by Mason Jar NYC Restaurant
1:15pm-2:00pm: Jam making and water bath canning demo by Jessica Piper (repeated)

The Giveaway

Eat Drink Better is giving away prizes to three lucky readers, courtesy of Ball.

First prize is a Ball Canning Discovery Kit and a coupon for a free case of canning jars. The Kit contains a polypropylene rack with a separate fitted lifter, three one-pint jars, and an illustrated canning instruction recipe book.

Two runners up will receive a coupon each for a free case of canning jars.

To win, just comment below and let us know your favorite food to preserve.

For additional entries, do one or more of the following. Remember to leave a separate comment for each thing, so that all of your entries get counted.

  • Leave a comment about your favorite jam or jelly.
  • Follow Eat Drink Better on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. If you already follow us, that counts, too. Just let us know in a comment.
  • Sign up for the Eat Drink Better weekly newsletter.

The contest is only open to people with continental U.S. addresses.

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Heather Carr loves food, politics, and innovative ways to make the world a better place. She counts Jacques Pepin and Speed Racer among her inspirations. You can find her on Facebook or .

  • Beth Espitia

    My favorite food to preserve is pickles.

  • Beth Espitia

    My favorite jam is strawberry.

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  • natalie

    Peaches when in season!!

  • Barbara

    This year I am canning raspberry jelly, peach raspberry jam, and May Day jam. Here in Alaska I don’t have access to all the fresh vegetables that I did when we lived in the Midwest, but at least I will save the sweetness of summer.

  • Margot C

    I love blueberry jam and with all the blueberries around this season I would love to make and can some.

  • Margot C

    I like Eat Drink Better on Facebook where I am Margot Core.

  • Margot C

    I follow Eat Drink Better on Twitter as @AnnaZed.

  • Margot C

    I follow Eat Drink Better on Pinterest where I am Margot Core.

  • Margot C

    I subscribe via email to this box: annazed10 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  • Shannon

    Elderberry syrup, mmmm!

  • amy f

    I want to learn how to can

  • Noreen

    Blueberries, as pie filling and as jam, yummy :)

  • Michelle Proper

    My favorite is peach jam! I want some now!!

  • Michelle Proper

    I follow you on facebook :)

  • Michelle Proper

    I subscribed to your email :)

  • Michelle Proper

    I follow your board on Pinterest!

  • Pamela

    Canned peaches are the best.

  • Pamela

    I follow you on Facebook.

  • Pamela

    My favorite jelly is chokecherry.

  • Pamela

    I signed up for your newsletter

  • lola

    we all love raspberry jam on homemade toast great giveaway

  • lola

    i love canning tomatoes they re so good

  • lola

    i follow you on pinterest

  • lola

    i also get yur emails they are great and give info that everyone can use sure could use the kit as we just move into our home after rving since 1999

  • Jackie McQuarter

    My favorite food to preserve is jam.

  • Elizabeth B

    This will be my first year, so I don’t have a fav, but I’d like to can strawberry jam and pickles!

  • Natasha

    I absolutely love jalapeno jelly! That’s probably my favorite!

  • Natasha

    I follow on FB!

  • Natasha

    I follow you on Twitter! @wild4wednesdays

  • Natasha

    I follow you on Pinterest! Lana756

  • Julie

    canning tomatoes thanks for the giveaway

  • Julie

    my favorite jam is grape

  • Julie

    like u on fb Julie A Scott Laws

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  • Greta Hanson

    I absolutely love tomato preserves – like jam.

  • joyce

    I would love to get back to canning again!

  • Faye Mc

    My favorite jam is mirabelle plums which is impossible to find; raspberries is my runner up and luckily there are plenty of those to be found :)

  • Stephanie

    My favorite jam I’ve made so far was an apple pie jam spiced with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. It was SO GOOD and made amazing jam thumbprint cookies that tasted like tiny apple pies!

  • Charlotte

    Blueberry no sugar, no pectin, yuuuuuuum!

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  • Charlotte

    Following on Pinterest!!

  • Mel

    Blackberry. The only one I make well every time.

  • Cat

    Prickly pear jelly!

  • Karen

    My favorite food to preserve is crushed tomatoes. I use them all winter long in delicious, warm soups and stews. Mmmm.

  • Karen

    My favorite jam is strawberry jam made from strawberries my husband and I go pick from a local farm. Yum!

  • Nicole @ 350 Preheat

    I love blackberry jam but only with seasonal, fresh Oregon blackberries! Kiwi- Lime jam is good too but there isn’t much to put it on!

  • Sophie

    I love to make apricot jam, but it’s always hard to decide whether I make a butter out of them, or just can them in halves, the way you would peaches. SO GOOD. And I’m following on Facebook . . .

  • Donnetta

    My family’s favorite jam is strawberry.

  • Donnetta

    I follow on facebook.

  • Blessie Nelson

    My favorite Jam is Mango :)

  • Blessie Nelson

    I like you on FB – Blessie Nelson

  • Blessie Nelson

    I follow you on twitter @Bless_Eliz

  • Blessie Nelson

    I follow you on pinterest – BlessEliz

  • Blessie Nelson

    I subscribed to your emails

  • Terry B

    Jalapeno is my fave, followed closely by crab apple!

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  • Desi Far

    My favorite jam is strawberry freezer jam. I mix it up in a large bowl, put it in the little plastic Ball preserving containers and then pop them in the freezer. It is so easy, saves money, is healthier for me and tastes so good.

  • Heather Carr

    Thanks for everyone’s entries! I’ll announce the winners on Monday!

  • Penny

    My newest favorite find in Jam Recipes has become an addiction of making, eating and perfecting! Peach Jam is wonderful all on its own, but with the addition of Candied Ginger as the enhancement ingredient it only gets better. Candied Ginger Peach Jam is so incredibly delicious!

  • Penny

    I also started following Eat Drink Better on Pinterest!

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