Canning, Freezing & More Preserving

Celebrating a Summer of Fresh Preserving with Newell Brands, makers of Ball® Fresh Preserving Products

Celebrating a summer of fresh preserving with Ball Canning

This post is in partnership with Newell Brands, makers of Ball® Fresh Preserving Products. All thoughts and words are my own.

If you followed my Instagram and Instagram Stories last week, you may have noticed a few posts from Indiana… Muncie, Indiana, to be exact!

Touring the Ball Canning factory in Muncie, Indiana

Taking a tour of the factory, where 38,000 pallets of jars await shipping!

I was invited on a whirlwind “immersion trip” to learn more about the history of the company, tour the jar factory, and film a live canning demo in the their test kitchen — all to kick off the 7th Annual Can-It Forward Day and my second year as an ambassador for the beloved brand.

Ball jars on the assembly line

New half-pint jars right off the assembly line.

You may remember our fun collaboration last summer, which culminated in a series of canning demos on Can-It Forward Day. We’re doing it again this year, only it’s more like Can-It Forward Month and we’re covering four popular canning categories (salsas, jams, pickles, and condiments) in a series of Facebook Live classes on their Facebook page. It all started last weekend with canning expert Jessica Piper and food blogger Kathryne (of Cookie and Kate) making Corn and Cherry Tomato Salsa.

Their class will replay throughout the month on Facebook, and you can look forward to more canning classes, covering every skill level from first-time canner to experienced preserver, every Wednesday at 12 noon ET:

  • August 9 – Mixed Berry Jam with Heather of Whipperberry
  • August 16 – Bread and Butter Pickled Beets and Sweet Pickled Radishes with me, Linda of Garden Betty
  • August 23 – Sriracha Ketchup and Habanero Apricot Jelly with Marisa of Food in Jars

(No worries if you miss one, you can watch all the videos on Facebook after they air.)

Blogger immersion trip at Ball Canning headquarters

From left to right: Kathryne from Cookie and Kate, Heather from Whipperberry, me, Marisa from Food in Jars, Jessica Piper, and our factory tour guide.

As you can see, we’re spreading out the canning love and keeping the vibe going all year, starting with the Summer Preserving Canning Series on the Ball Canning Facebook page. In the spirit of “canning it forward,” we’re also partnering with Feeding America to encourage fellow canners to continue the tradition of sharing and giving through home canning. For every package of these Sharing Jars sold, Newell Brands, makers of Ball® Fresh Preserving Products, will donate four meals to the cause (up to $150,000).

Stay tuned for more canning inspiration through the summer, fall, and holidays — I’m cooking up some cool ideas with them for the rest of the year!

Brought to you by Newell Brands, makers of Ball® Fresh Preserving Products, for whom I’m a paid ambassador. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Garden Betty.

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  • Karen Fergason
    August 10, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    How are you so adorable?!

  • Misti
    August 10, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Awesome! I saw a few of your photos, looked like fun!


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