July 20, 2016

Can-It-Forward Day 2016 + Giveaway


One of my favorite food events of summer is Can-it-Forward day. I’ve had the pleasure of celebrating it for the past four years, each time showcasing some new cool Ball jars. This year their new jar is a gorgeous wide mouth jar in a beautiful shade of turquoise blue. They’d be perfect for pickles or beets or tomatoes!



This year I also get to share a great revised canning book they just released, The All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving. It is beautifully photographed with gorgeous images of preserves and all kinds of things you can cook with them. Over 200 of the recipes are new, and it is still chock full of information about all things preserving and then some.

Can-it-Forward Day | The Naptime Chef

On Friday, July 22nd, the Ball brand will host this year’s sixth annual Can-It-Forward Day! A day to celebrate the joys of fresh preserving, and encourage both new and veteran canners to preserve more, they’ve planned for a truly unique experience for 2016 with a real emphasis on “canning it forward.” This year, they’re hosting Can-It-Forward Day entirely online via Facebook Live. Throughout the day, the Ball brand and their expert ambassadors will be demoing a variety of canning recipes and in the true spirit of “canning it forward,” for every engagement received on the videos, whether it be a comment, like or share, the brand donate $1 to a local charity.

It is going to be a great day and we all hope you’ll join the fun. Here is the page where YOU can take the pledge to Can-it-Forward!

This year I am thrilled to host a giveaway for the following items courtesy of Jarden Home Brands:

  • The All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving: From the makers of the iconic Ball® jars and Ball® canning products comes the first truly comprehensive canning guide created for today’s home cooks. This modern handbook boasts more than 200 brand new recipes ranging from jams and jellies to jerkies, pickles, salsas, and more. (Retail value: $22.95)
  • Case of Collection Elite Wide Mouth Pint Jars: For the first time, the Ball® brand has introduced a line of never-before released blue colored jars. (Retail value: $8.99/case)
  • One $5 off coupon to be used on FreshPreservingStore.com

To Enter to win:

  1. Leave a comment sharing your favorite thing to preserve, or what you’d like to try for the first time.
  2. Contest runs from July 20th through August 4th. Winner will be announced in the August 5th newsletter!

p.s.: Can-it-Forward Day 2013, 2014, & 2015

Strawberry Margaritas
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  • ¼ cup tequila
  • ¼ cup Strawberry Syrup
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • ice cubes
  • lime wedges and salt for rim garnish


  1. Rim 2 chilled margarita glasses with lime juice and salt.
  2. Combine first three ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake well. Then, pour into glasses and serve immediately.

(Disclosure: I received the above products to sample for this post and was not compensated to write it. I hope you enjoy these products as much as I do.)