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Adventures in Ball canning!  I can’t believe that I made 3 half pints of blueberry jam and 7 jars of pickles today – it was a long process, but really fun to do.


Our day started by heading to the Atherton Market, which features mostly local and organic produce and meats.   I had fun talking to all the local farmers and hearing about the local CSAs (community supported agriculture).  I think we might join one and get a shipment of fresh veg every week!


I picked up four pounds of pickling cucumbers and four quarts of blueberries.


We also had to stop at Wal-Mart to pick up extra cans because the Ball Discovery Kit (which is only $11.50) comes with three cans.


First up was the blueberries!


I combined four quarts of blueberries with six cups of sugar.  I gave the mix a whirl in the food processor before heating to a low boil on the stovetop for about an hour, or until it began to gel.


Then, I followed the process outlined in the Ball kit for processing the jars.  I’m not sure it worked 100% because the jars were half full?  They seem to be sealed!  Worse case, we throw them all in the fridge and eat them really fast.


I tasted it, and it was GOOD.


Next up was the pickles!  My mother-in-law did most of the grunt work for the pickles because I was prepping the jars.  We made spears and sandwich thins.



In four weeks, we’ll have pickles (I hope)!


Want to WIN the Ball Discovery Kit so you can begin canning, too?  Simply leave a comment on this post saying what you’d most like to can – fruit, veggies, meat, soups?  For a few ideas, check out the recipe list on Ball’s website.  Let me know, and I’ll choose a winner on Monday afternoon!


Canning was a very time-intensive process, so I took a break for lunch.


Baked tofu, spinach, tabbouleh, tomato, and mustard on Honey Whole Wheat:


And chips with salsa!


And my very epic snack…


Banana soft serve, nuts, and blueberries!  Absolutely so indulgent-tasting but super healthy.


And a piece of chocolate chip cookie:


It’s a rest day from running, but I am about to take James on a long walk.  He enjoys them so much (I do, too!).  He’s getting more exercise than ever before in Charlotte!


Don’t forget – tell me what  you’d like to can for a chance to win the Discovery Kit!



  • Maribeth July 17, 2010, 7:15 pm

    Gosh, there are so many things I’d love to try and can! I LOVE salsa, so I’d make and can lots of that, but I’d also enjoy canning any type of fruit for jams (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, apricots, mangoes…. the list goes on!) As well as veggies, sauces, and deserts. Sorry, can’t pick just one, ha! 😉

  • Meg July 17, 2010, 7:20 pm

    Oh my goodness, I’d love to make homemade salsa, jelly, jam…okay, everything?! PICKLES TOO! I love pickles! I’m indecisive, obviously 😉

  • Courtney aka ThatRunnerChick July 17, 2010, 7:21 pm

    cute blog post title!!! i have about a million different fruit combinations id love to try and make jam with!!!

  • Eliz July 17, 2010, 7:23 pm

    Hey there!
    In the future, you don’t want to put half-full jam jars in the water bath – if I were you, I’d put those jars in the fridge to consume pretty quickly. The National Center for Food Preservation recommends a 1/4 inch headspace. (

    Enjoy your jam and pickles!

    • caitlin July 17, 2010, 8:17 pm

      But does that mean you can’t do a larger headspace?? I was so confused!

      • Bree July 17, 2010, 8:48 pm

        Hi Caitlin,
        My non expert understanding is that too much headspace may not allow all the air to be removed during the processing time which can lead to an improper seal. Stuff can grow in air, so the less the better. The recommended headspace for the item being canned allows for the expansion of the contents when it’s heated during processing. I would put your jam in the fridge and use like an open jar.

        • Eliz July 17, 2010, 9:36 pm

          Yep! It says 1/4 inch headspace, so that is what it should be. I agree with Bree.

          Canning is fun but you really have to follow the directions and recipes closely so that the food is safe!

      • cbinkc July 18, 2010, 9:58 am

        Canning IS fun! I just made 5 batches of peach jam a week ago and have 34 jars that I will be giving as gifts at Christmas (and keeping some for myself).

        I use the smaller jelly jars when I make jam and you HAVE to have the jars full (the 1/4 inch headspace) for proper sealing. IN addition, after you have finished the water bath and your jars have cooled you should be able to press down on the center of the lid and it should NOT pop back. If it does pop back a proper seal was not made and you should consume immediately. One of my favorite parts of canning is listening for the lids to pop after you have finished the water bath.

        I’m impressed that you attempted pickles. I’ve only made peach and strawberry jam. Some day I would like to make bread and butter pickles.

        • caitlin July 18, 2010, 10:31 am

          Ok so the cans WERE suppose to pop! 🙂

    • Tricia July 18, 2010, 9:55 am

      I agree. I would definitely keep them in the fridge – or freezer.

  • Jessica @ Rawtumn July 17, 2010, 7:25 pm

    That blueberry jam looks unreal! I’d love to can a bunch of fruit jams in the near future.

  • Kim July 17, 2010, 7:25 pm

    I would like to see if I can something we call redneck caviar. Very very yummy!!!

  • Exercise and Eat July 17, 2010, 7:26 pm

    Canning seems like a good thing to know how to do! And it seems like your move is working well for you, I’m so glad!

  • Amanda July 17, 2010, 7:28 pm

    pickles, peaches, strawberry jam, spicy pickled green beans and asparagus . . . the list is endless! 🙂

  • kari July 17, 2010, 7:33 pm

    i’ve never even thought about trying to can pickles, but i love them! my mom always used to can peaches and pears, so i have fond memories of those, but i’d definitely love to try making some jam sometime or canning some soups to have a healthy option on lazy nights.

  • Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine July 17, 2010, 7:33 pm

    I would love to make strawberry syrup like my grandma did. It was divine over crepes or anything else for that matter. 🙂

  • Laura July 17, 2010, 7:34 pm

    I really want to try this kit to make my own healthy soups. My boyfriend is trying to eat healthier and loves soups, but hates how much sodium and artificial ingredients are in the ones in the store! We’re not really a freezing family, so I’d love to make him soups and can them for him!!

  • Therese July 17, 2010, 7:34 pm

    Fresh salsa! And, of course, strawberry jam. My grandma has a great recipe and it’s perfect on her homemade bread.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) July 17, 2010, 7:35 pm

    I love canning! Definitely fun when you do it with someone! I want to can summer tomatoes! They are just the best when you can use them year round!

  • Jae July 17, 2010, 7:37 pm

    Id like to make something with the tons of sweet potatoes we have at home 🙂

  • Emily July 17, 2010, 7:38 pm

    Salsa & tomatoes. I make so many things with canned, diced tomatoes and I’d love to can my own in glass jars to avoid BPA!

  • Erin July 17, 2010, 7:39 pm

    This is so cool! My grandmother was really into canning and I’d love to try it. I wonder if you could can guacamole…?

  • Dynamics July 17, 2010, 7:44 pm

    I would like to learn how to can dried beans.

  • lauren July 17, 2010, 7:44 pm

    I would love to can pickles! I keep getting pickling cucumbers in my csa.

  • Dynamics July 17, 2010, 7:45 pm

    I think using smaller jars would have been better for the jam. They have some really cute cut glass ones with fancy type lids.

  • Amy July 17, 2010, 7:47 pm

    I would love to make my own jams- and tie them with little gingham ribbons before gifting them to friends! Adorbs!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is July 17, 2010, 7:49 pm

    I am so impressed that you canned! That is awesome!

  • Jill@MySoCalledHealthLife July 17, 2010, 7:50 pm

    I am dying to have fresh canned pickles! And that cookie 🙂

    Excellent work today!

  • Kathryn July 17, 2010, 7:50 pm

    Id love to make jam..sounds so delicious!

  • Monica July 17, 2010, 7:51 pm

    The possibilities are (almost) endless with canning! I would love to can pickles, because they’re delicious and I remember a few years back when my mom would can about 20 jars of them, and we would eat them all winter long. Yum!

  • Shannon July 17, 2010, 7:52 pm

    I would like to make some jalepeno jelly and pickles!

  • Camille July 17, 2010, 7:53 pm

    I would most like to can peaches! Something about canned peached just sounds amazing!

  • Emily C. July 17, 2010, 7:54 pm

    I would love to try different kinds of salsa!

  • Maria July 17, 2010, 7:54 pm

    I would love to can fruits, jams, and soups!!

  • Jessie July 17, 2010, 7:54 pm

    Salsa or jam? I just can’t choose!

  • michele July 17, 2010, 7:55 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try fruit, but I thought it was way more complicated than this!

  • tanya July 17, 2010, 7:55 pm

    That looks like fun, banana soft serve my favorite!~

  • Sarah for Real July 17, 2010, 7:55 pm

    I don’t want to enter for the prize because I’ve already got all the canning stuffs. But I just wanted to say how awesome I think it is that you’ve discovered so many resources for locally grown foods! Charlotte sounds like a wonderful place!

  • Alison July 17, 2010, 7:56 pm

    I rhully want to make some blackberry preserves! Have been dreaming about it for weeks but blackberries are always so expensive so I’m not sure it’s worth it…

  • Shell July 17, 2010, 7:56 pm

    Yum Yum, I love to make my special apple cinnamon butter which is divine on toast, crackers as a dip even with ice cream, it tastes just like apple pie but guilt free! Also i would like to have a bash at canning pickled onions and GHERKINS!! nom nom 🙂

  • Maria July 17, 2010, 7:57 pm

    hmm I don’t think I realized you cooked the cukes before you pickled them!

    & I would love to can jam as well! Or tomato sauce. Or soup (if that is possible!)

  • Shauna July 17, 2010, 7:57 pm

    i would boil up a pot of homemade beans and then I would can them!! Yummy 🙂

    • Eliz July 17, 2010, 10:45 pm

      You’d want to use a pressure cooker for beans – not a water bath like this kit! Just FYI

  • Liz July 17, 2010, 8:00 pm

    I would love to can some tomato sauce and salsa. We have a garden and plenty of tomatoes. My husband does not like tomatoes and I have always wanted to try canning them to avoid waste. Maybe this will finally be the summer I actually try it.

  • Ellen July 17, 2010, 8:00 pm

    i want to pickle things! i love pickled vegetables of all kinds: cucumbers (of course), cabbage, beets, carrots, radishes. fun!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) July 17, 2010, 8:00 pm

    i would LOVE to can some spicy pickles and strawberry rhubarb jam…and eat it all winter long 🙂

  • Jessica July 17, 2010, 8:01 pm

    I would can green beans and salsa!

  • Heather ODonnell July 17, 2010, 8:03 pm

    Blueberries are in season here too, so I would love to can some blueberry jam. And I make a pretty tasty salsa that I have always frozen, so I would love to try canning that.

  • Samantha July 17, 2010, 8:06 pm

    Your blueberry jam looks so yummy! I think I’d like to can strawberry jam, apple butter, salsa, and pickles. I’ve never done it before, but I’d love to try!

  • Alicia July 17, 2010, 8:07 pm

    I’d love to learn how to can salsa. We go through jars of it at our house and I would love to learn how to make and can a really good recipe.

  • Michele July 17, 2010, 8:10 pm

    I’d love to can some blackberry jam… or maybe blackberry/blueberry mixed berry jam. Or anything strawberry!!! I’m a sucker for berries! I love them fresh, frozen, in cereal, alone, in smoothies, with yogurt, and definitely under some whipped cream!!!

  • emily July 17, 2010, 8:10 pm

    I want to make spicy pickled okra!

  • avryan July 17, 2010, 8:10 pm

    BEETS! I shell out the big bucks for Rick’s Picks pickled beets and I would love to be able to make them at home to save on cash and take advantage of summer’s bounty.

  • Laine @ Beets, Butter and Mountaintops July 17, 2010, 8:10 pm

    Pickles. I love pickles. Although canning meat does sound very intriguing.

  • Lizz (leadingthegoodlife) July 17, 2010, 8:12 pm

    I’d like to make salsa or corn relish. Winter tomatoes are usually so bland and icky, so I’d like to try to can that delicious Summer tomato flavor!

  • Cindi July 17, 2010, 8:14 pm

    Pickles or salsa! I can’t wait to hear how your pickles turn out! Maybe you’ll share? 😉

    • caitlin July 17, 2010, 8:18 pm


  • Heather July 17, 2010, 8:18 pm

    I’d love to can jam, I love fruit spreads!

  • Danielle July 17, 2010, 8:18 pm

    I would love to can jam or salsa. There is just something amazing about eating something that you put your hard work into and know *exactly* what is in it.

    We are going to have the banana soft serve for dessert tonight too!

  • moxie79 July 17, 2010, 8:19 pm

    I would try to make pickled watermelon rinds!

  • Katerina July 17, 2010, 8:25 pm

    I LOVE blackberries and would love to pic and can my own jam! They are in season for about two weeks every year in the bushes near our house, how amazing would it be to eat homemade jame all year round?

  • Jeanna July 17, 2010, 8:26 pm


  • Erica July 17, 2010, 8:26 pm

    That jam looks amazing! I think I would have to try tons of different jams to go on toast 🙂

  • Sarah July 17, 2010, 8:26 pm

    Oh how fun! I would love to make jam. Have you ever seen that Friends episode where Monica devises the “Jam plan to get over her man”? Classic. That would be me. Without the getting over a man part. I want to keep my husband. I’d probably make him help out!

  • elisa July 17, 2010, 8:29 pm

    I would love to make pickles!!!

  • Amanda July 17, 2010, 8:30 pm

    I would loove to make homemade jarred tomato gravy. I used to make that growing up and haven’t in YEARS!

  • Britney July 17, 2010, 8:38 pm

    I love my CSA! I always anticipate the surprises that are in store for me with each week’s pick up! I also had no idea I liked beets until my CSA started – now I love them! (Turnips, too.)

    As for canning, well…I’d love to make jams, jellies, etc. with fresh fruit, but I also love salsa so it’d be fun to can different varieties of it.

  • Mqorgan July 17, 2010, 8:39 pm

    I just made some blueberry jam as well, the only thing I would do different is add a finely diced green apple for pectin. My jam was a taaaaaddd runny and the pectin would take care of that. Was yours runny at all?

    Also, I’m super interested in how your pickles turn out! I made some flavored pickles- rosemary/ garlic and spicy dill. Of course they aren’t ready yet!

    • caitlin July 17, 2010, 9:07 pm

      You really have to cook it FOREVER. I cooked it way longer than I thought I would need to. No pectin was required for this recipe.

  • Lynna July 17, 2010, 8:40 pm

    I grew up in Hemet, CA, a town famous for apricots. I don’t miss much about Hemet other than my mom’s canned apricots and apricot jam and apricot jam with pineapple…I would love to have unlimited Hemet apricots to play with.

  • Krystina July 17, 2010, 8:42 pm

    Oh I’ve had the BIGGEST craving for pickles. Delicious!

  • Emily July 17, 2010, 8:45 pm

    I would love to make applesauce! I’m sure it would be delicious and a lot healthier than store-bought applesauce.

  • Whitney July 17, 2010, 8:45 pm

    Your snack looks amazing!!!

    I would love to make jams of all kinds (blackberry, blueberry, marionberry), apple butter, and pumpkin butter. YUM!

  • Carolyn Johnson July 17, 2010, 8:46 pm

    I would love to be able to can salsa. We have so many tomatoes and fresh salsa in the summer, but nada in the winter. makes me sad 🙁

  • Alison July 17, 2010, 8:47 pm

    Hi Caitlin!
    Well, I admit, I would give this to my sister-in-law Kelly (my brother’s wife) who is the most amazing cook/baker/wholefoodie/doglover, and generous to boot. I little bird told me she wants to get into canning.
    Have a good day!

  • Emilie July 17, 2010, 8:49 pm

    hey caitlin… we belong to a csa farmshare, and in about 2 or 3 weeks, we’ll be drowning in cucumbers! I’d love the canning kit. thanks!

  • Shannon July 17, 2010, 8:52 pm

    totally would can jams/preserves… i always wish each fruit’s season lasted longer!!

  • Tara July 17, 2010, 8:54 pm

    I would love to try making my own pickles and salsas. It would also be awesome for storing soups and gifts!

  • Amanda July 17, 2010, 8:54 pm

    Since I saw that you went to that canning demonstration, I’ve been thinking about canning! I made strawberry jam last year and it was so good. But I didn’t do all the things you are supposed to when canning, which is okay because I ate it pretty quickly! So the other day I went out and bought a ridiculous amount of raspberries and strawberries and froze them. I was thinking about purchasing rhubarb as well and making strawberry rhubarb jam! I also would like to make raspberry jam. And! I’ve been meaning to can peaches for forever so I would like to make that too. My friend’s mom gave me some of hers and they were so addicting. I think you mentioned canning as gifts, which got my mind turning and I think jams would make exceptional and personal Christmas presents. The other day at work I was looking up canning methods because I’m on a budget so I don’t want to have to buy all the extras for canning like the wired bottom/rack thingy. But I think canning is overall affordable so I look forward to exploring my options! I hope your jam and pickles are delish! Homemade spicy pickles are by far the best!

    • caitlin July 18, 2010, 10:36 am

      That discovery kit is only $11 and extra cans are $6 at walmart!

      • Amanda July 18, 2010, 11:59 am

        Wow that’s absolutely amazing! I will definitely have to grab it!

  • Carolyn ( July 17, 2010, 8:55 pm

    i would have to say jam after reading this! looks so good!

  • Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place July 17, 2010, 8:59 pm

    Just last week I said to my hubby that I want to make homemade jam for his family over xmas time! I would LOVE to win this!

  • ***ANDREA*** July 17, 2010, 8:59 pm

    I would love to try canning. I would do jams and salsa. Yum!

  • Laura July 17, 2010, 9:00 pm

    My used to help my grandma can peaches and apples from her farm, id love to try her recipes myself! I think canning fruit would be what I would try first.

  • Ashley S July 17, 2010, 9:00 pm

    I’d love to can some figs!

  • loreejo July 17, 2010, 9:02 pm

    not to be a killjoy (just to save your life! ha) i agree with putting the jam in the fridge; it’s not going to be shelf stable unless the jars are full. 🙁 no worries tho! you’ll want to eat it really quick anyway, i promise! you’ll find yourself putting it on EVERYTHING! it looks delicious! this is our 4th year to be in our csa and we love it! you won’t regret it. it’s so cool that you’re walking so much and love your new home(town).

    • caitlin July 18, 2010, 10:36 am

      kay ill fridge it! i dont want it to go bad!

  • Allison July 17, 2010, 9:03 pm

    I would can sauces and soups – I have a LOT of canning recipes to try, actually.

  • ari July 17, 2010, 9:04 pm

    holy geeze that banana soft serve snack looks so delicious.
    also, did you have to put pectin in your jam? i’ve always wanted to make my own jam but could never find pectin. yours looks fine without it!

    • caitlin July 18, 2010, 10:37 am

      nope no pectin required!

  • sarah k. July 17, 2010, 9:05 pm

    i’d love to learn to can and make my own jam. yum! yours looks wonderful!

  • Vicki M. July 17, 2010, 9:06 pm

    I want to can my own pasta sauce using fresh tomatoes, herbs, onions, and peppers from my garden.

  • Amy July 17, 2010, 9:07 pm

    I’d love to can tomatoes and other goodies made with the TONS of tomatoes I’ve gotten this summer! Thanks for doing this!

  • Julia July 17, 2010, 9:09 pm

    I would love to make some homemade pickles like you did! I would also LOVE to make homemade strawberry jam, which my soon to be husband adores!
    Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  • Maria July 17, 2010, 9:11 pm

    I would love to can jams!

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter July 17, 2010, 9:11 pm

    I’d love to can pickles, but I’m so picky about pickles I’m not sure if I’d like them.

  • Wei-Wei July 17, 2010, 9:11 pm

    Homemade jam, YUM! The best thing is that you know exactly what’s going into the jar… By the way, what is pectin and how does it play a role in jams?


  • Cynthia (It All Changes) July 17, 2010, 9:14 pm

    I can’t eat lots of sugars in jams so I would love to make jam with honey or date sugar I can eat.

  • Nina July 17, 2010, 9:15 pm

    I would love to can jams, and homemade sauce, and tomatoes!! i’ve been thinking about learning to can for a few months now so this is great!

  • Jenny July 17, 2010, 9:15 pm

    I would love to can salsa to enjoy all winter long. We currently make salsa and freeze it, which leaves it a little watery. Canning it to give as gifts is something we talk about doing all the time.

  • Maria @ Oh Healthy Day (Formally A La Mode) July 17, 2010, 9:17 pm

    I love homemade canned vegetable soup. There’s something so comforting about it…and its a good way to take you back to summer on a cold winter day.

    • Dynamics July 17, 2010, 11:16 pm

      Do you do the water bath method? I would love to can some soup.

      • Maria @ Oh Healthy Day (Formally A La Mode) July 18, 2010, 12:28 am

        Honestly, I’ve never canned soup, but my mom used to when I was growing up and that’s how I know I loved it. But if my memory serves me right, she did use the water bath method.

      • Eliz July 18, 2010, 3:14 am

        Most regular soup recipes can not be preserved with a water bath. You will probably want to use a pressure cooker. Water bath canning works for recipes that are high in sugar/acid.

  • mal July 17, 2010, 9:20 pm

    i would love to experiment with different kinds of jams with all sorts of fruit

  • Laura July 17, 2010, 9:22 pm

    I’d love to can thick and syrupy berries, rhubarb, peaches and more and make wonderful jams and compotes so that I can enjoy them even when it’s cold and dreary out 🙂

  • Hallie July 17, 2010, 9:23 pm

    My boyfriend makes really good salsa and tomato sauce…although it has meat in it, so I’m not sure how that would work. So I would attempt to can salsa. I’d also love to make peach jam or blueberry preserves. SO good.

  • Jane July 17, 2010, 9:29 pm

    jam!! blueberry, raspberry, strawberry…yum. i’ve never canned but i want to learn!!

  • Molly @fuelherup July 17, 2010, 9:40 pm

    I would love to make pickles!

  • Dominique July 17, 2010, 9:41 pm

    I’d make jam! I just came back from picking apricots and blackberries from the garden so I’d love to make apricot and blackberry jams. I’m currently looking up some recipes for our surplus of apricots.

  • Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope July 17, 2010, 9:42 pm

    So super exciting!! A few years ago, I read “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle,” and always wanted to can something after that. I think I would most definitely love to do a nice jam!!

  • Sarah R July 17, 2010, 9:44 pm

    I would love to can some tomato sauce or fresh salsa from the tomatoes in our garden. So much better than freezing them!

  • MaryBe July 17, 2010, 9:46 pm

    Definitely pears. They taste so sweet and delicate in the middle of winter, around January or February

  • Kristina July 17, 2010, 9:52 pm

    I would make salsa. Pineapple + mango salsa.

    Also pickles. 🙂

    Thank you for the opportunity – I would LOVE to do this!

  • Lauren July 17, 2010, 9:53 pm

    I would love to use the kit to make extra spicy pickled okra. So good!

  • Gina G July 17, 2010, 9:53 pm

    i would love to can the veggies my dad has in his garden! 🙂 thankyou so much!

  • Michal July 17, 2010, 10:00 pm

    I looove pickles but I can almost never let myself buy them. I keep staring wistfully at the pickling cucumbers at the Market! So I would absolutely love to try making pickles. I’m also really intrigued by fruit preserves, but pickles top my list 🙂

  • christin July 17, 2010, 10:04 pm

    Salsa or soup!

  • Judy July 17, 2010, 10:08 pm

    I would definitely love to try canning a variety of jams- there is something about homemade products that are SO much better than store bought!!!

  • Katie @ Healthy Heddleston July 17, 2010, 10:09 pm

    I would like to can jam since we have wild berries at my grandparents farm!

  • kt July 17, 2010, 10:13 pm

    Salsa, sauces, soup, pickles, fruits… all of it! I’d say salsa #1, though! So cool!

  • Krista July 17, 2010, 10:20 pm

    Salsa! My husband made the best green salsa last night and I told him we need to learn how to can so we could make huge batches of it!

  • Nicole July 17, 2010, 10:23 pm

    I went to buy a bunch of jars today to start storing my assortment of flours/grains/nuts I’ve started accumulating and ended up getting the kit! I’m not sure what I’m going to make yet, but if there are black raspberries next weekend at the market (since I didn’t buy any today), that’s what it’ll be!

  • Carrie @ TV and Dinners July 17, 2010, 10:23 pm

    I would love to can veggies from my CSA so I can have delicious local food during the winter.

  • Larissa July 17, 2010, 10:31 pm

    I have been talking about canning to my boyfriend all weekend. I would love to make blueberry jam!

  • Nekeisha July 17, 2010, 10:37 pm

    I made jam a few years ago and would love to do that again, this time being able to keep some for “a rainy day”. I love pickles and it would be great if I can make my own. But what I would really love to make would soup, it would be great if I can make some to keep and re-heat without the freezer burn.

  • Chelsey July 17, 2010, 10:37 pm

    I would love to can some soup this summer! It seems weird since it is so hot outside, but I am constantly making soup in the winter time.

    I am a teacher, so I have tons of extra time in the summer. The more time I can save during the school year on making meals, the better! I would love using the canning kit!

  • Nikee July 17, 2010, 10:43 pm

    I would love using the canning kit! Lemons/limes would be fun to can with spices (an indian spiced pickle)

  • Morgan July 17, 2010, 10:44 pm

    I would love to make jams! I also love pickled veggies so I’d make those too! And being pregnant I’d of course have to make pickles 🙂

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  • Gibby July 17, 2010, 10:53 pm

    I would love to can fruit to make jam. My husband’s grandmother makes us jam every time we visit but I would love to be able to make my own!!

  • mm July 17, 2010, 10:59 pm

    The blueberry jam looks awesome!! I’d like to can jam, salsa, and pickles!

  • Carly (Swim, Run, Om) July 17, 2010, 11:06 pm

    Salsa. Definitely salsa. I am a salsa FIEND.

    I also bought a huge container of blackberries at the farmers’ market today. They were too pretty to NOT buy … they looked like little gems, screaming my name. If I could can, I’d turn them into jam.

    My hometown has a cannery for residents to go and can their crops for the winter. It’s really fun. I’ve never done it but have observed several times. 🙂

  • Alissa July 17, 2010, 11:16 pm

    I love to can cinnamon applesauce that is extra chunky 🙂

  • lindsay July 17, 2010, 11:17 pm

    definitely pickles! sometimes i put cucumbers in leftover pickle juice from fancy market pickles. they taste great in just a day or two. not sure you are supposed to do that, but i figure its ok if you eat them quickly!

  • Yvonne July 17, 2010, 11:25 pm

    Pickles, definitely.

  • AllieCat July 17, 2010, 11:26 pm

    I would definitely can blueberry and strawberry jam!!! My favs!!!

  • Amber July 17, 2010, 11:27 pm

    I really want to can some PEACHES this summer! I might have to look for that kit at my walmart!!

  • Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life July 17, 2010, 11:29 pm

    I love the idea of the sandwich pickles (they’re my favorite) but making raspberry jam would probably be right at the top of my list. 🙂

  • Brandy July 17, 2010, 11:40 pm

    Mmmmm… jams, fruit, salsas and soups!

  • 'laina July 17, 2010, 11:48 pm

    I can’t decide between strawberry jam, and pickles w/ jalapenos. Yum.

  • Laura T. July 17, 2010, 11:49 pm

    my mom, nana, and i can chili sauce every year!

  • Tracy July 17, 2010, 11:51 pm

    Fruits and veg, but definitely salsa!

  • Gina July 17, 2010, 11:52 pm

    Pickles galore!! And other pickle-y things like dilly beans. Yum!

  • Kristie July 17, 2010, 11:57 pm

    I would love to make plum jam. Someone gave me a jar of the homemade stuff last Christmas and it was SO GOOD. I’ve been dreaming about it ever since!

  • lauren July 18, 2010, 12:02 am

    I would make apple butter!

  • Steph July 18, 2010, 12:23 am

    I would love to can salsa and soup!!!

  • katelyn July 18, 2010, 12:32 am

    I’ve always wanted to make my own fruit spreads—blueberry, strawberry, apricot, blackberry… yum!

  • cassy July 18, 2010, 12:42 am

    mmm…homemade pickles are the best! But I think I would do blackberry jam – they grow everywhere here and are actually considered a nuisance. I look forward to August though – buckets and buckets full of fresh, wild, FREE blackberries. YUM.

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  • Bianka July 18, 2010, 1:04 am

    Pickles, pickles, pickles!! I’ve tried to make them before but i didn’t have the right spices. Needless to say they turned out less than great but I really want to try to make them the right way at some point in time!!

  • Ilene July 18, 2010, 1:30 am

    I’d loveee to make raspberry or strawberry jam!

  • Emily July 18, 2010, 1:32 am

    I’ve been wanting to try canning for a long time. I would make strawberry preserves!

  • elaine! July 18, 2010, 1:46 am

    Tomatoes! We have a family spaghetti recipe that tastes AMAZING with seasonal canned tomatoes. Apple butter is pretty good too!

  • Lea July 18, 2010, 1:49 am

    I really want to try doing apricot jam. I have been browsing (not looking really hard though) for apricot jam made with all natural ingredients, but haven’t seen them in the stores. I to try making my own

  • Lea @ healthycoconut July 18, 2010, 1:53 am

    oh and mango jam too 🙂

  • Lisa @ My High-Carb Lifestyle July 18, 2010, 2:08 am

    I would love to try creating interesting jam to give as gifts, and also pickled asparagus and cucumbers. I find canning to be really intimidating, so a starter kit like that would be great for me!

  • Julie July 18, 2010, 2:16 am

    Apple and pumpkin butter are the things I’d like most to learn to can!

  • Dena Semkowski July 18, 2010, 2:35 am

    Canned beets! Preferably the sweet pickling process!

  • Maren @ Simply Maren July 18, 2010, 3:19 am

    Canning and making jam is such a labor of love. I have taken on the family responsibility of making the coveted Pomegranite Jelly and I love it but it’s very intensive. All your canning endeavors look very good.

  • Michelle July 18, 2010, 4:12 am

    i’d really like to try pickling ginger! i looove pickled ginger in asian dishes, but i always wonder about the type you get a restaurants (why is it pink!?). would love to make my own using only natural and real ingredients.

  • Shauna July 18, 2010, 4:20 am

    I’d love to can pickles. Totally basic and run of the mill, but… they’re pickles. Come on.

  • Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 18, 2010, 4:56 am

    I hope the pickles work!! I think making jams and stuff would be great to give as inexpensive but personal gifts for people.

  • Katheryn July 18, 2010, 5:34 am

    I would love to make jam. Yummy!

  • Lindsey July 18, 2010, 6:48 am

    I’m definitely going to have to try the kit, I want to make some blueberry jams!

  • Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) July 18, 2010, 7:52 am

    beets, ginger?, pickles, something with pumpkin.

  • sirenjess July 18, 2010, 7:58 am

    I would love to can my own jam. Ha ha that sounds funny.

  • Jenny B. July 18, 2010, 8:01 am

    I’d love to make my own strawberry jam!

  • Janelle July 18, 2010, 8:13 am

    I would like to try variations on salsa. Mango salsa? Pineapple perhaps?

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans July 18, 2010, 9:06 am

    I want to make my own pickles! Yum!!! Oh and salsa..and jam…and pasta sauce…Oh geez I should be canning already!

  • alli July 18, 2010, 9:08 am

    oh i would LOVE to make my own pickles!
    i’d can peaches, tomatoes, all kinds of beans, salsa and jam for my hubby 🙂

  • amy July 18, 2010, 9:12 am

    soups and jams are the top of my list to can for sure!

  • JayhawkJen July 18, 2010, 9:16 am

    Salsa… gotta use those tomatoes from the garden!

  • Jennifer S July 18, 2010, 9:19 am

    I would love to can pickles… I am already checking out recipes.

  • Amanda @ Eat to Live, Live to Run July 18, 2010, 9:26 am

    I would love love love to win this one. I was actually talking about learning to can last night at work.

    I want to can tomatoes. They can be used in absolutely everything: chili, sauces, soups, etc.

  • Ali July 18, 2010, 9:33 am

    I want to make the hot chipotle salsa!

  • Katrina July 18, 2010, 9:37 am

    I have been reading your blog for a bit, and you canning experiment/adventure sounds like such a great time.
    I have an overabundance of rhubarb in my garden, and one of my friends has a gorgeous strawberry patch (that’s still giving fruit this late in the season!). So, I most certainly would make strawberry rhubarb jams. Amazing.
    (And lots of my other vegetables in the garden, basil, tomatoes, squash). 🙂
    Take care,

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) July 18, 2010, 9:45 am

    That’s awesome that you spent the day canning! I think I’d like to can pickles…just because my husband goes through them so fast! Oh! or olives…

  • Sarah July 18, 2010, 9:54 am

    I talked to my mom yesterday and she was making blueberry jam, too! I might have to buy a kit and try this in the fall. It would be great for holiday gifts! I would have to try making the bruschetta in a jar. It’s unique and not something I have everyday.

  • Jessica July 18, 2010, 9:59 am

    It looks like canning is fun! I’d love to try any of the salsas or the creamy apple dip – it looks amazing!

  • Ellen@FIrednFabulous July 18, 2010, 10:03 am

    Ohh canning! Never heard of it. Ha. Looks cool though…I’d definitely say soups. I’m on a budget, so it’s always good when I can make things in bulk that I can save for later!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing July 18, 2010, 10:08 am

    I’d like to can strawberry preserves! Or peach jam!

  • Ali July 18, 2010, 10:15 am

    I’d love to can apple butter! It’s my favorite!

  • Marisa July 18, 2010, 10:21 am

    I’d love to can pickles!! I love, love, love pickles! I just bought a jar from our local farmers market yesterday, and already my daughter and I have eaten half the jar! Yummy!

  • Kelly July 18, 2010, 10:30 am

    I’d love to can spaghetti sauce and salsa!!

  • Anna (twelve22) July 18, 2010, 10:33 am

    I make jam every year, but I’ve been too afraid to can in properly, so I always just keep it in the freezer. At the moment, I have loads of frozen raspberries from my garden, just waiting to be made into jam!

  • kirsten July 18, 2010, 10:36 am

    I would love to make jam! Homemade jam is so good! 🙂

  • Meagan July 18, 2010, 10:45 am

    I would try making tomato sauce from the tomatoes I grow in my garden!

  • Michelle July 18, 2010, 10:51 am

    I’m dying to try and make my own jams and soups! They would be perfect gifts!

  • Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun July 18, 2010, 11:02 am

    I have always wanted to can some homemade salsa or bruchetta!

  • Jen July 18, 2010, 11:04 am

    I would love to make some dilly beans. They’re fresh green beans canned with garlic and dill, and they are delicious! I’ve never canned before, so I’m not quite sure how to make them, but I’m sure I could figure it out. 🙂

  • Sarah @ Celiac in the City July 18, 2010, 11:07 am

    Perfect timing for this post… my mom is coming in a few weeks and she is going to show me how to do some canning. She is bringing the big pot (used to be my grandma’s) and then we’ll have to buy the other supplies. This would work great!

    We are going to start with veggies and pickles from my garden and hers.

    Let us know how the pickles turn out!

    (fingers crossed!)

  • jennifer July 18, 2010, 11:12 am

    The absolute first thing I would jar is my grandmother’s special recipe for sweet pickles. I have so many fond memories of hoarding those tasty treats from the pickle tray as a child! Next, I’d experiment with a spicy blackberry jam and some salsa!

  • Katie July 18, 2010, 11:17 am

    Canned pickles would be CLUTCH in my kitchen. I used to buy the mondo-sized jar of pickles at Walmart and they’d be gone in a snap. My law school roommates used to frequently ask if there was “something I needed to talk to them about” or if I just had a strange love for kosher dills. It’s the latter!

  • Kathleen July 18, 2010, 11:25 am

    I’m a pickle freak and would definitely do those and I’d also like to give marinara sauce a try, how fun!

  • Evan Thomas July 18, 2010, 11:30 am

    I would love to can jams!

  • Heather July 18, 2010, 11:36 am

    I would love to jar some tomatoes – I love fresh tomatoes!

  • Vanessa July 18, 2010, 12:06 pm

    I would love to try making a rhubarb saskatoon jam! we have rhubarb in the garden and saskatoon berries in the freezer

  • jenny July 18, 2010, 12:09 pm

    I would love to can up some sweet apple chutney 🙂

  • Elana July 18, 2010, 12:17 pm

    I could name at least a dozen things but I think my first choice would be PICKLES! We tried quick-pickling (not canning) a while ago and it didn’t work out well so I’d love to give home pickling another (better) try! Yummmm.

  • Autumn Tao July 18, 2010, 12:34 pm

    I’d love to make my own sauce when the tomatoes are abundant in Jersey next month!

    Also, you can freeze those jars, and eat with-in 2 weeks of defrosting. I make jam every summer and never do the proper canning technique, and it’s not a problem.

  • Beth July 18, 2010, 1:10 pm

    We have a bunch of fruit trees in the back yard, and we’re never able to eat them fast enough when they ripen. Using them for canning would be the perfect solution!

  • Meghan July 18, 2010, 1:23 pm

    My husband & I are expecting our first baby in December and I’ve always wanted to make my own baby food – I think that if you start off with a super healthy organic diet you make better choices when you grow up! My husband is already experimenting with different baby food recipes, but it would be super helpful to be able to can them and use them: we both work!

    • Eliz July 19, 2010, 12:52 pm

      Canning baby food is tricky and you’d want to use a pressure cooker, not this kit. You can really only can high-acid foods with the water bath method. Making your own baby food is awesome though! Freezing might be your best bet if you don’t have a pressure cooker.

  • Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt July 18, 2010, 1:28 pm

    Pickle, pickles, pickles! I love them and there is nothing so good as do-it-yourself pickles!

  • Hillary July 18, 2010, 2:05 pm

    I havw grown up around my grandma and my mom canning but I have never done it myself. I would love to can fresh green beans out of my moms garden, so I don’t have to eat the ones out of the can and get that metal taste. I would also love to can homemade salsa!!

  • Alexa July 18, 2010, 2:09 pm

    I’d probably try tomatoes and salasa. Being able to make my own chicken stock would also be great!

  • Kelly July 18, 2010, 2:25 pm

    Mmmmm strawberry preserves! I absolutely love strawberry preserves on cottage cheese, or plain yogurt, or toast…Oh man.

  • Brittney July 18, 2010, 2:50 pm

    I would love to can my own jam! It’s one of those things that probably has a lot of sugar in it if you buy it at the grocery store, so it’d be cool to control the ingredients.

  • Carly July 18, 2010, 3:02 pm

    I would love to can jam and tomatoes.

  • Laura in Pgh July 18, 2010, 3:21 pm

    Pickles sound good to me! Would love to try my hand at canning them.

  • SallyH July 18, 2010, 3:28 pm

    Oh goodness, I would LOVE to win this. I remember summers of canning with my mother and would love to start doing it myself.

  • Tina July 18, 2010, 3:40 pm

    oh yes pickles! It would be so nice to make them myself, I find myself at the store buying them too much! I would love to learn to can!

  • LindsayK July 18, 2010, 3:44 pm

    salsa, pickles, applesauce…..all so good to can!

  • Mo@MommyRD July 18, 2010, 4:02 pm

    I would love to can some jam, pickles, and pumpkin butter. Drooling over your blueberry preserves.

  • VCK July 18, 2010, 4:08 pm

    I love love love homemade jam, so I would attempt some of that. Peach, blackberry, strawberry, raspberry…
    All to go with peanut butter, of course.

  • Laura July 18, 2010, 4:27 pm

    I’d love to can fruit and make Jam-all the “berries”!

  • Annie @ Delicious Wellness July 18, 2010, 4:35 pm

    I would love to can fruits! I live in southern California, and always want to buy giant vats of strawberries from farmer stands, but they’re so tough to go through! I have been meaning to learn how to can – this would help me get started! 🙂

  • KatieF July 18, 2010, 5:29 pm

    Make fruit jam! My mom used to make homemade strawberry jam every summer and anything store bought seems to pale in comparison.

  • ActiveEggplant July 18, 2010, 5:43 pm

    I would definitely do pickles! My mom used to can sweet pickles when I was in high school and they were the BEST ever. I think I would try dill though!

  • Frances July 18, 2010, 6:40 pm

    I love strawberry jam so I would definitely can that!

  • kristin July 18, 2010, 7:15 pm

    i would love to can some fruit 🙂 that jam looks amazing!

  • Amanda @ Vegacious July 18, 2010, 7:21 pm

    The number one thing I would can? Tomatoes. I have no words for canned tomatoes fresh from the summer.

  • Rachel July 18, 2010, 7:38 pm

    I want to try canning salsa. I love making it fresh, but I would love to be able to can it and have some for later! And, give for presents too!

  • AlisonJ July 18, 2010, 7:41 pm

    Tomatoes! I love how amazing they are in the summer & wish I could save them to use in the winter.

  • Kate July 18, 2010, 8:20 pm

    I’d love to can pumpkin butter!

  • Jen July 18, 2010, 8:56 pm

    I’d love to do pickles and maybe some pasta sauces.

  • Angie Mae July 18, 2010, 9:10 pm

    I totally want to can jams and make pickles! I already have a strawberry jam recipe–I just need to do it! I saw this discovery kit and I knew it was perfect!

  • Maryz July 18, 2010, 9:43 pm

    I am dying to make strawberry and bluebery jam!

  • Kassi July 18, 2010, 9:57 pm

    I would like to can some chutney! And salsa… and fruit! Everything 🙂

  • Kayla July 18, 2010, 10:06 pm

    I would love to can some apple or pumpkin butter — can you tell I’m ready for fall? lol

  • Macrae July 18, 2010, 10:07 pm

    I’d like to can yellow squash. I love that vegg and have never seen it canned!

  • Cellabella July 18, 2010, 10:34 pm

    I’d like to can pickles too, the tiny gherkin ones that you eat whole. I’d also like to try canning pickled grapes (I read about them on a blog), and trying to make fruit preserves with wines or liquors, like blueberry-merlot and strawberry chambord!

  • Jen July 18, 2010, 10:44 pm

    I would love to can pickles and other veggies!

  • Jordan @ Live a Little Better July 18, 2010, 10:57 pm

    Soup for the winter and apple butter!

  • lena July 18, 2010, 11:15 pm

    strawberry jam!

  • Becky July 18, 2010, 11:21 pm

    PICKLES!! Lots and lots of pickles! I eat them like they’re going out of style…like a crazy pregnant lady…like…well…like someone who likes a whole lotta pickles! I’d start with traditional pickles, but then I’d move on to bread and butter pickles, and then get real fancy by doing some wasabi pickled green beans, and then some pickled beets with rosemary…the pickle-possibilities are endless!

  • Katie R July 18, 2010, 11:38 pm

    Strawberry jam!

  • Trang July 19, 2010, 12:11 am

    I would love to can strawberry or a mixture of berries like blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries! YumO

  • elaine July 19, 2010, 12:20 am

    i would love to can SALSA! absolutely love the stuff, but am not in love with the high sodium content that sometimes comes with the jarred stuff at the supermarket.

  • Leslie July 19, 2010, 7:24 am

    Hmmm… I canned once a LONG time ago in Girl Scout Leader training but haven’t done it since. That starter kit looks perfect for giving it another go!

    I’ve been craving chutney, so I’d probably do a batch of that as well as salsa…

  • Amanda July 19, 2010, 8:35 am

    I love canning! The next thing I would like to can is Nectarine Jam!

  • Jes July 19, 2010, 8:36 am

    I would totally learn to make Jam and can it… Strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, oh the possibilities!

  • Julie @SavvyEats July 19, 2010, 8:39 am

    I am DYING to make blueberry butter and blueberry jelly so I can enjoy the summer flavors in the off-season!

    • Julie @SavvyEats July 19, 2010, 8:45 am

      Oh, and as for the jars not being completely full: if I remember from my food science courses correctly, that extra air space in the jars will let bacteria and mold grow on the jam if a complete vacuum wasn’t formed when you sealed the jars…you might be okay, but you may want to refrigerate the jars, since it isn’t always obvious when bacteria has developed in a food. Or freeze them, if they are freezer safe jars (I think that size of Ball jar usually is?)…then they’ll last longer!

  • Molly July 19, 2010, 8:53 am

    Strawberry jam!!! I would love to make my own and give as gifts!!!

  • Jessica July 19, 2010, 8:58 am

    I would definitely make strawberry jam- homemade is the best! Salsa would be interesting too, I’ve never thought about canning my own.

  • Kimberly July 19, 2010, 9:09 am

    My husband makes great salsa, and I’d love to can some so that we can have it year round!

  • Christina July 19, 2010, 9:32 am

    I would love to make some jam!

  • Stephanie July 19, 2010, 9:36 am

    I would love to make canned pickles!

  • Elizabeth July 19, 2010, 9:36 am

    Yes, we can! = Too cute. 🙂 I make a mean tomato sauce and have been thinking about canning some of it now (when we have amazing, fresh local tomatoes in New England) to enjoy in the winter!

  • Marilyn July 19, 2010, 9:43 am

    I’d love to can salsa!

  • lizz July 19, 2010, 9:47 am

    i’d love to can some pickled okra. yum!

  • Sara July 19, 2010, 9:49 am

    I would love to can tomatoes to use in sauces and soups! They look so great in a jar, and my grandmother used to can a lot of tomatoes, cukes, green beans and even apple butter! Yum! I’d love to do all of that … and be as good as them one day!

  • Jackie July 19, 2010, 10:00 am

    I really want to try my hand at canning jam and different sauces.

  • Sara July 19, 2010, 10:20 am

    I would love to can some homemade salsa! yum!

  • Holly July 19, 2010, 11:00 am

    My grandma used to make homemade strawberry jam. It was a staple for breakfast when we stayed over at my grandparent’s home. She is now in a nursing home and so no longer makes the jam. I’ve always wanted to make my own, both because it’s delicious but also to keep those memories alive.

  • Christina July 19, 2010, 11:02 am

    i love canned peaches…so that would be 1st on the list but i want to try everything(!) jams, salsa, pickles…

  • Amanda @ Hungry Vegan Traveler July 19, 2010, 11:03 am

    The best pickle I ever ate was home-canned by my uncle. It was so fresh and sharp and perfect. Unfortunately, he lives in Connecticut, so it’s been a couple of years since I’ve had a “homemade” pickle. Pickles is what I’d want to learn to can the most.

  • Laura July 19, 2010, 11:05 am

    Within the next couple of days I’ll be swimming in fresh tomatoes, so I’d like to try my hand at canning them, along with pasta sauce.

  • Kara M. July 19, 2010, 11:45 am

    I always loved my mom’s canned sweet pickles, but I’d love to try to can some tomatoes!

  • Nikki July 19, 2010, 11:55 am

    Pickled tomatoes! I’ve been dreaming of pickling and canning tomatoes for years but I haven’t had the nerve to try.

  • Amanda July 19, 2010, 12:52 pm

    I love canning salsa & fruit spreads!!! YUM!

  • Rebecca @ How the Cookie's Crumble July 19, 2010, 1:07 pm

    I want to make some homemade salsa. MMMMMMMmmmmmm!

  • Dee July 19, 2010, 1:07 pm

    I would definitely have to try fruit preserves. Especially after seeing the blueberries you made which are my favorite. And also cherries or orange marmalade!

  • Lacey @ Lake Life July 19, 2010, 1:59 pm

    I live in the Finger Lakes wine region so would love make some grape jelly with concord grapes in the fall.

  • Katy(The Balanced Foodie) July 19, 2010, 2:19 pm

    I would LOVE to can some pumpkin butter. I have a few cans of it left from the Fall and if they’re still good I’m going to be breaking out the slow cooker soon! 🙂

  • Emily B July 19, 2010, 3:27 pm

    I would love to win this canning kit! I would love to make pickles and also pickled okra (my fav) My mother in law has a huge garden so if I could can some things for her to enjoy in the winter time too it would feel good to give something back to her for all the free veggies! Love your website, you are so great!

  • Jessie July 19, 2010, 3:40 pm

    Hope I’m not too late! Although, since it is Monday afternoon already I would understand.

    I would love to win the Bell canning kit! As a kid, my mom canned everything from tomatoes, to pickles, to peaches. What I most want to make is pickled green beans! They aren’t often seen in the store, but they are so good! I used to eat them right out of the jar. Yum!

    I would also love making jam, but for some reason I always thought it would be difficult, you made it look so easy!

  • Sam (My Sugar Obsession) July 19, 2010, 4:21 pm

    the canning kit is awesome! i’ve always wanted to make my own homemade tomato sauce, or salsa, and can it for the winter. i’ve just never really known how to do it. great give away!

  • AnneJuliet July 19, 2010, 4:28 pm

    If possible, I’d like to figure out a way to can fresh pesto…we always end up with RIDICULOUS amounts and eat it up so darn quick so we don’t waste it, but it would be so lovely to have it in, say, January, no?

  • Maren @ Simply Maren July 19, 2010, 4:37 pm

    I would can jams and jellys! I have an amazing recipe for pomagranite jelly from my great grandma.

  • Stacey July 19, 2010, 4:43 pm

    SO many things I want to can! Salsa, spaghetti sauce, strawberry jam, pickles…. I could go on and on.

  • Kristin July 19, 2010, 4:44 pm

    I used to can as a kid with my grandma. I would most love to can jams and jellys. My favorite is cherry jelly. So good.

  • Jessica July 19, 2010, 4:47 pm

    Well, not interesting, but PICKLES! My mom made her own all the time while I was growing up so I’d love to go steal some of her cucumbers from her garden and try out her recipe for myself. Haven’t done it since I was a kid… and I broke some jars then, hopefully not this time!

  • Kelly R July 19, 2010, 4:53 pm

    I would love to can jelly and vegetables. I would like to give salsa a try or even pickles!

  • Nicole July 19, 2010, 4:54 pm

    I would can roasted peppers. I’ll be getting a bunch in the coming months and would love to preserve them!

  • Raya July 19, 2010, 4:58 pm

    When I was growing up we used to pick fresh blackberries and make jam with them. Yum! I also would love to can fresh tomatoes or homemade spaghettie sauce for fresh sauce year round!

  • christine July 19, 2010, 5:16 pm

    jams with all the summer berries! would love to try canning just about anything, though 🙂

  • To Kiss the Cook July 19, 2010, 5:36 pm

    I just picked 15 pounds of blueberries in Michigan over the weekend and am dying to try out canning with a big batch of blueberry basil preserves. I also have an expensive McClure’s Spicy Pickle habit and would very much like to try to replicated their magic at home. I’m growing beets and carrots in my garden and I’m guessing those two would make for some tastiness as well. I will be busy.

  • KellyB July 19, 2010, 5:44 pm

    I want to can homemade tomato or V8 juice!!

  • laura July 19, 2010, 7:19 pm

    with all of the fresh summer berries i would love to can some homemade jam 🙂

  • Mel July 19, 2010, 7:32 pm

    Pesto! Not just the Genovese kind, but the Sicilian as well.

  • Elise July 19, 2010, 7:44 pm

    I’d love to can my mother’s strawberry preserves — so that I don’t have to store them in my freezer! and pickles. lots of pickles.

  • Brianne DeCesare July 19, 2010, 7:44 pm

    My family goes through pickles like a hungry cow goes through grass! I’d love to can pickles, jams, salsas, and maybe make flavored vinegars!

  • Toni July 19, 2010, 7:47 pm

    I love to can pickles and make them spicy

  • Susan July 19, 2010, 8:38 pm

    I’d love to make blackberry jam with berries picked from the nearby park.

  • Lana July 19, 2010, 8:47 pm

    Strawberry Jam!! A classic delight!!

  • Jenny July 19, 2010, 8:51 pm

    PICKLES! I’d also love to make my husband some healthier jams than the ones he eats, and can summer tomatoes for opening in the harsh winter.

  • Holly July 19, 2010, 10:01 pm

    I like Dilly Beans so I would can those.

  • Jenni July 19, 2010, 11:22 pm

    I’d love to make my own Brooklyn style pickles!

  • Danielle July 21, 2010, 12:29 pm

    I would love to can! I’d make all kinds of jam….a mixture of fruit and vanilla 🙂

  • Mirya July 23, 2010, 9:26 pm

    I would love to can some dilly beans!

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