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.)

20 Responses to “Can-It-Forward Day 2016 + Giveaway”

  1. AnnaZed says:

    What is the jam/jelly in the middle photo (plum?); it looks divine. Is it in the book? Also, how do we enter your contest?

  2. Noreen says:

    I have been wanting to try canning but I haven’t tried it yet.

  3. Robin Chesser says:

    I love doing watermelon rind pickles.

  4. Christy Lowery Wiggins says:

    I’ve only ever made jelly one time, but it was delicious. I want to try pickles, any kind will do.

  5. Wakela Runen says:

    My favorite thing to can is dill pickles. I am very picky about my pickles and can make them exactly the way I want. Last weekend we just tried making watermelon rind preserves for the first time & I am loving them as well.

  6. latanya t says:

    I like apricot jam

  7. Debra says:

    Just learning to make strawberry jam without pectin – my favorite! I want to learn how to can soups and stews.

  8. Jennifer Coleman says:

    I want to try pickles

  9. susitravl says:

    I’ve eaten a lot of watermelon this summer which brought back memories of grandma’s bright green watermelon pickles. I think I’ll make some!

  10. Karen D says:

    I like making strawberry jam. Missed this year, though 🙁

  11. Selkiemoira says:

    blueberry jam and pie filling

  12. Steph@Been There Baked That says:

    I love to can jam, all varieties!

  13. My favorite food to can is tomatoes. I love opening them up in the winter, they taste almost as good as when they’re first picked!

  14. Karen Lynch says:

    I like to can tomatoes. I make sauce, and also diced tomatoes for recipes and chili starter.

  15. Judith says:


  16. Rebecca Brewer says:

    We always had shelves full of peaches and pickles. I would like to do pizza sauce.

  17. Kristen says:

    I’d like to try canning stewed tomatoes.

  18. Amy L says:

    My favorite thing to can is applesauce. I love opening a jar anytime of the year for a sweet side dish or for baking a loaf of spicy applesauce bread.

  19. Gina M (Wild Orchid) says:

    I need to get to canning some blackberry sauce and jam. I have so many that are growing in my backyard that I would love to preserve.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  20. Anne says:

    For me, it’s all about apples! I go a little crazy when the trees around the property and the neighborhood are full of beautiful apples of who-knows-what varieties, and I can applesauce, apple butter, apple jelly, and spiced apples.
    [notheranneother {at} gmail {dot} com]