Last week we cracked open the last of the canned apricots in honey syrup and spooned them up with whipped cream.
That jar was the end of my fruit preserves from last summer (although there’s still jam to be found) and it got me thinking about the season ahead. I intend to make up for lost time this year, as last summer my pregnancy left me too tired to cook dinner, let alone put up produce. Even though I’m certain this summer is going to be one of the busiest ever, and I’ll have a baby to care for, I’m determined to keep my canning pot occupied.
Local produce hasn’t quite hit the markets yet, but I am getting ready for it. Making sure I have a supply of large and small reusable canning lids from Tattler is an important part of planning for canning.
Tattler Lids provide a cost effective alternative to metal lids, as well as a safe, environmentally friendly product for home food preservation. I’ve been using their lids for over a year now with no complaints and I recommend them to my friends and family. It’s nice to know that the food I am preserving is BPA free.
Hit the jump to read about a few more ways I’m getting ready for the canning season, and a mega giveaway from Tattler Reusable Canning Lids! One winner will take home a giveaway package of 100 regular lids AND 100 wide mouth lids with reusable rubber rings!
Prepping for 2012 Canning Season
Back to Basics. It’s never a bad idea to review canning basics, and with my frazzled postpartum brain, it is essential. If your new to canning or just looking for a refresher, read our Canning 101 primer.
Equipment Check. Don’t be the knumbskull who is all set to jam – only to discover the pectin is past its due date and there’s nary an empty jar in the pantry. Go over everything you will need, toss those old canning lids containing BPA, and order some reusable lids from Tattler. Now you’re set.
Plan to Stay Sane. I mean it. Set realistic goals and check out these 7 Ways to Avoid Burnout During Canning Season. You can thank me come October.
Get a Guidebook. Luckily for us, Marisa of Food in Jars (and Simple Bites contributor) has a cookbook coming out in just a few days and in plenty of time for spring produce. Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round is available for pre-order on Amazon, so get yours now! Also, be sure to check out Marisa’s book tour page to see if she is coming to a city near you.
Printable Canning Plan: If you like cute printables, Autumn over at Autumn Makes & Does is helping us to get a start on the upcoming preserving season with an adorable printable canning plan. Download it today for free!
Stock up on Tattler lids! They are suitable for all types of home canning and are dishwasher safe. Winning this giveaway could give you enough reusable canning lids for life! Be sure to enter below.
** This giveaway has ended. Congratulations to Tracy of Sugarcrafter, our big winner!**
Today’s special giveaway package includes 100 regular lids AND 100 wide mouth lids with reusable rubber rings from Tattler. That’s a retail value of $142.95!
Leave a comment on this post and tell me something on your canning ‘to-do’ list for this year.
Extra entries For additional entries you can do one or all of the following:
1. Follow @tattlercanning on Twitter, copy and paste following into a tweet:
“I want to win a season’s worth of BPA-free reusable canning lids from @tattlercanning on @simplebites: http://bit.ly/JcBfJg ”
2. Like Tattler Reusable Canning Lids on Facebook.
3. Like Simple Bites on Facebook.
For each additional entry, you MUST return to this post and leave a comment telling me you tweeted or Facebooked.
**And finally, only comments left on this original post will be counted as entries, so if you are reading this post via email, please note that you must enter on the blog post itself, NOT by replying to the email. Thank you!**
Giveaway will end on Sunday, April 22 at 12:01 AM. Good luck to all!