It’s that time again... canning season! It looks like I'm going to have a bumper crop of apples this year, so I've been scoping out some new recipes to preserve our bounty.

So far I've earmarked apple cider butter, apple cinnamon syrup, apple-maple jam, apple pie filling and curried apple chutney as must-try recipes -- in addition to our fave homemade applesauce, of course. Ambitious perhaps, but I've got plenty of help!

Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving

If you've always wanted to try your hand at preserving your own foods at home, now is as good a time as any to get started. Whether you want to learn canning, freezing (try this yummy Triple Berry Freezer Jam!) or dehydrating, there's a wealth of information available online at

And might I also recommend what I like to think of as the "food preserving bible," the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving? Now in its 37th edition and packed with over 500 recipes, it's easy to see why it's touted as the "ultimate guide for creating your own signature foods."

Can It Forward Day

Tomorrow, August 1st, is International Can-It-Forward Day! Can-It-Forward Day encourages gardeners & food enthusiasts across the country to celebrate what "Made From Here" means to them by fresh preserving their favorite local ingredients in peak season.

To celebrate the start of canning season, Jarden Home Brands will broadcast online from 11AM – 4PM EST from the new state-of-the-art Jarden Home Brands headquarters in Fishers, Indiana. Tune in right here to watch live!

Update: Unfortunately, Jarden is having technical difficulties with the live webcast, but the Can-It-Forward Day video will be available at 9 a.m. EST tomorrow (8/2) to tune-in and watch at any time.

If you're still a little timid about food preservation, this is a fantastic opportunity to learn directly from the experts. The webcast will have an integrated chat function where consumers can submit their home canning questions to be answered in real time. And new this year, there will also be an exciting celebrity mason jar auction unveiled during the webcast!

Ball Heritage Collection Jars

Even if you have little interest in food preservation, you'll still want to check out the new offerings from Jarden Home Brands. I mean, how gorgeous are these purple mason jars?! The last in the Heritage Collection (other colors include blue and green), these limited jars are a celebration of the 1915 heritage featuring a vintage-inspired purple color and embossed logos on front and back.

Ball Design Series Jar Lids

You'll also want to stock up on these Design Series jar lids. Great not only for home canning, the Ball Brand Design Series Lids With Bands are also a great option for unique crafting creations, gifts and home décor with endless mixing and matching possibilities.

Ball Sip & Straw Lid

And finally, I'm totally in love with these Sip & Straw Lids! They instantly transform your favorite Wide Mouth and Regular Mouth Ball Jars into lidded cups, so you can enjoy every drop of your favorite cold drinks, smoothies or summer tea with a splash of color. We like to use them with the pint jars, because they fit perfectly in the cup holders in our car.

Win a case of Ball Jars

Win A Case of Ball Jars!

Want to win a FREE case of Ball Brand Jars? Simply share what food you can't wait to preserve first this year! Leave your comment below now to enter, and don't forget to come back tomorrow for the live webcast.

This giveaway ends at 2pm on Friday, August 7, 2015 and is open to all U.S. residents 18 years or older. I'll use And the Winner Is to select the winning comment. Winner will be notified by email and must respond within 48 hours of notification to claim their prize. Good luck!

This post is brought to you by Jarden Home Brands. All opinions are 100% mine.

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