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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Ball Brand Jars: For more than just canning + Can-It-Forward Day! #CanItForward

*Disclaimer: I received products free of charge to facilitate this review.  No compensation was received.  Affiliate links in this post go to Amazon.com where we receive a small commission that helps us run this site.

I know when I was growing up, mason jars were for canning and that was all I remember them being used for then.  But, as I've gotten older, I have seen an explosion of uses for them.  I know I, personally, prefer glass over plastic, so replacing as much as I can with Ball brand mason jars. 


In my spare time, I may even search on Pinterest for ideas of my next project (it's a gold mine on there). Andrew even thinks I'm crazy and has asked me why in the world we have so many little glass jars.  He's not quite there yet on the crunchy level, but man, oh man, he will be soon!  One of my favorite uses for them, especially the quart size and even the gallon ones is to replace bulky containers.  I had my flour, sugar, etc on my counter in these obnoxious containers that took up so much room.  By replacing them I got back about 3-inches of my countertop, which we all know is huge in the kitchen.  They are also great for organizing in the bathroom.  There are a ton of label printouts on the internet as well to easily identify what's in each.



I'm also in love with the new green tinted jars.  They match perfectly with my kitchen. The Heritage Collection jars are to commemorate the 100 years anniversary of Ball brothers "Perfection" Jar. These will only be produced in 2014 and come in both pint and quart sizes.  


They are also amazing as snack containers.  If you have older children that can be careful with glass and open these containers, it's nice for them to be able to see and grab their own snacks.  It's nice you can see when you are running low, too.  This is awesome for when you have guests over as well. Andrew's little sister always asks for a snack every time she comes over, so now she can just ask for what's on the counter!


On a professional level, I love using mason jars as photo props. They make photographing drinks so much easier since you can use a lid with them.  I love being able to you them laying down so everything is on one level.  One thing though that used to annoy me was that after I was done photographing, I wanted to drink my smoothie/drink/etc., and there was no real effective way to do that on the go.  



Ball has changed my life though with the new sip and straw lids!  They fit right inside the ring and can be used with or without the straw.  I can now drive with my mason jar without feeling like it's going to go everywhere!  Pair this with the drinking mug that has a handle and your life will be a game changer! I promise! The brand new infuser is also a life saver.  You can fill it with fruits, herbs, etc and it will infuser into your water on it's own.  I have an infuser for my large pitcher in my fridge, but being able to do this on the go is amazing.  I love it!

Check out the products discussed above, as well as other new products at the website HERE.


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About the company: Ball branded glass jars have been preserving for over 125 years. They are a company that has become a worldwide family name and made right here in the USA.  They are a household staple and as years go on they are far more than just a company that makes jars for preserving food.  Crafts, gifts, decorations, and so much more are now associated with this iconic brand. 

About Can-It-Forward: Saturday, August 16, Jarden Home Brands will host its first annual International Can-It-Forward Day! If you head over to www.freshpreserving.com on Saturday starting at 10am to 1:30pm, you will get to see renowned chef and Bravo's Top Chef judge, Hugh Acheson.  International Can-It-Forward Day is primarily to celebrate home canning; however, they are encouraging the exploration of alternative uses of the Ballbrand jars. The actual event will be taking place at the Brooklyn Borough Hall Farmers Market, but Chef Acheson will be showing canning demos and answering questions in real-time on-line.  There will also be crafting and herb gardening segments as well.  Lastly, there's going to be an attempt for a Guinness World Record for the World's Largest Mason Jar Mosaic. International Can-It-Forward Day is primarily to celebrate home canning; however, they are encouraging the exploration of alternative uses of the Ballbrand jars. 

WELCOME TO THE BALL #CanItForward GIVEAWAY!!!







One lucky winner is going to win a great prize pack that includes:

  • 2 cases of the BRAND NEW Limited Edition Spring Green Heritage Collection Jars
  • 4-pack of Drinking Mugs
  • Mason Jar Infuser,
  • Sip & Straw Lids! 


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6 comments:

  1. i love my difuser lid from ball canning!

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  2. I want to try making pickles!!! And some freezer storge options would be great!

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  3. I like the Cinnamon Watermelon Rind Pickles recipe!

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  4. I love that site and I have been getting back into canning. What I really want is the Ball® FreshTECH Automatic Home Canning System (because I love gadgets!)

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