August 15, 2014

I love my Ball Jars...Come win some of your own!

Last year I went wild over the special edition blue Ball jars, remember?

This year I went wild over the new green!
It's a beautiful fresh, crisp green.
Of course I bought several cases.

If you haven't been bitten by the Ball jar bug, this is your chance to win a fantastic
prize package of Special Edition Green pint jars, quart jars and 
some wonderful new products to make our lives easier in the kitchen.

Click here  to view them...I promise that you'll love them all.

I was contacted to participate and was provided with these products.
I assure you that these opinions are mine.
Is there anyone who doesn't love Ball jars?
Not in my world.

I not only use them for our every day drinking glasses, but I store so many
things in them because let's face it...they are pretty.

Do I want Magoo to have a bright yellow box on his nightstand?
No, I do not.

Since I do grow a few of my own herbs,
I'm excited about these dried herb containers with shaker tops.
Easy to store and this shaker top isn't going to fall off and ruin your dinner.
That may have happened to me.
Several times.

I'll tell you that I own two different types of herb scissors already.
This pair is so much bigger!
They also come with a blade cover that doubles as a blade cleaner for those five blades.
Safety first, people.
And I have evidently been wasting precious time in the kitchen using a single blade.
These are really great.

I haven't received the other products yet, but I am really looking forward to using them.
Last year while browsing Pinterest, I discovered that you can freeze your herbs in olive oil.
This excited me to no end, seriously.
I cook a lot.
I was loving the idea of having fresh herbs in the freezer ready to throw into my soup pot.
But what was I going to keep them in?  
Those big plastic ice trays would be knocked over in a second in this house.
I'd buy a new freezer before I cleaned up that oily mess.
Thank you clever minds at Ball.
I can rest easy knowing that these are on the way.
And they have lids!

Hello fresh Meyer Lemon, butter and thyme.

They'll be ready this winter and so will I.

So, the second reason for this post is this:

On Saturday August 16, Jarden Home Brands will host the first annual 
International Can-It-Forward Day with special guest renowned chef and 

Bravo’s Top Chef judge, Hugh Acheson! 

A day to celebrate home canning, International Can-It-Forward Day allows food enthusiasts to connect via a variety of online and in-person activities. 

New and experienced canners can participate in a live webcast on 

taking place on ground in Brooklyn Borough Hall Farmers Market, filled with canning demos where viewer questions will be answered in real-time by Chef Acheson and other experts while they learn the most popular (and delicious) home canning recipes. 

Twenty five farmers markets across the country will also be hosting 
Can-It-Forward Day celebrations!
In addition to the canning demos, there will also be segments on crafting, herb gardening
 and the brand’s new drinkware line!

We will also be attempting a Guinness World Record for the 
World’s Largest Mason Jar Mosaic!

International Can-It-Forward Day


  • Watch the live webcast of canning demonstrations featuring celebrity chef by Hugh Acheson
  • Join us for the taping of the live webcast with Hugh Acheson in New York City at Brooklyn Borough Hall starting at 10a on 8/16/14
  • Schedule of events:
    • 10:00am - Pepper Jelly demonstration by Chef Sara featuring the FreshTECH Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker
    • 10:45am - Tips on urban gardening & herb preservation
    • 11:00am - Peach Siracha Jam demonstration by Marisa McClellan of Food in Jars
    • 11:30am - Crafting in Ball jars with staff from Martha Stewart Living
    • 11:45am - Hugh Acheson Preserving and Mixology demonstrations
    • 1:15pm - Special Mixology demonstration with local mixologists
    • 1:30pm - Salsa Verde demonstration by Chef Sarah featuring the FreshTECH Automatic Home Canning System

You know me...I love my spicy!  I'm looking forward to the Peach Sriracha Jam demo.
The mixologists will be fun to watch, too.  Too bad their is no virtual drink sampling.
Ah, maybe next year.

Now for the giveaway!

Just leave a comment with your favorite new Ball product and you will be entered to win
a box full of goodies from the good people at Ball.

Come back tomorrow for the live webcast here on What We Keep!
Share your favorite Can-It-Forward Day moments with friends via social media with the hashtag #canitforward.

Good Luck!


  1. Sign me up, girlfriend. I'm a BIG fan of jars for kitchen storage of all kinds. LOVE the new green jars, the herb cube things look great, too.

  2. I saw the green jars at Target yesterday and I need to get some. Do you think they'll do red? I hope they do. Love me some red. I came across a bunch of the original blue jars with the original lids at this fabulous antique market in San Francisco. Tina, you would LOVE this place!! It is huge and there are so many treasures there. I could have easily spent all day there. Didn't get the jars because glass. ;( Did get a beautiful 1940s Japanese parasol though!

  3. Oh, I'd love to check out those scissors. They look awesome. But then, I'd like to check out those jars too. I'm a big fan of Bell Jars - been using them for my Jelly for years.

  4. I love Ball products! The green jars are pretty and the scissors look very useful! Thanks for the fun give-away:@)

  5. I need those freezie things because the herbs have taken over the yard! (My sister met Hugh A. at a book signing in Georgia. She said he was very nice and gracious, which I never would have guessed, given his persona on the show.)

  6. These look like fun Tina! Now where were you when I had a green kitchen???!! LOL! Herb butter...yum! Spicy peach jam...even better!

  7. Love the jars!!! They always come in handy! Especially around Christmas! Great giveaway!

  8. Oh my, I haven't seen those green jars - I love them! I have lots and lots of vintage blue jars with the zinc lid and I use them in my studio to store/display my supplies.

  9. I am intrigued by the new Ball lids....

  10. Oh my, how did I miss those beautiful green jars at Target. I will check them out this weekend. Thanks for the chance to win!

  11. Love the green jars for storage. The covered ice trays are quite clever. But oh, the jars!

  12. Man! I love all that herb stuff! I've never used herb scissors. Do they work better than a knife?

  13. Wow, the green is pretty! There are so many uses for these jars. Love all the new products too...maybe the herb cube dealies might be my favorite! At the moment, anyway. :)

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to win!


  14. I just saw those beautiful green jars at Joann Fabrics and you could buy them individually. I'd love to win them!!! Love the herb cubes too!

  15. Sign me up girlfriend - my kitchen scissors have mysteriously disappeared ( probably being used by the mister for cutting fabric grrr)

  16. I love the green jars! I store dry goods in the regular jars in my pantry...but I think I'll want to keep these out where I can see them!

  17. i keep finding great uses for these great jars:) thanks for sharing and the chance, tina!

  18. Loving the green jars and need to get a pair of the herb scissors.

  19. I saw the green jars, but forgot to pick some up! I love them! Purple would be a nice color to do, too! How nice that they picked you to share the love!

  20. Those green ball jars are fabulous! I have a green kitchen so they would be just perfect!

  21. I love the herb scissors...I grow and harvest quite a few herbs and these are cool:)


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