• Posted by Califia Suntree on August 6th, 2014, 10:49 AM

    Hot kitchens aside, August is the best month to get to canning–what with all those late-season berries softening on the vine, peaches galore, and tomatoes and zucchini going bonkers, you need to preserve the bounty before it’s gone! And nothing brightens a winter day like opening a jar of summertime jam, salsa or pickles. Every year, Ball celebrates the canning season with an event they call Can-It-Forward Day, when they gather in New York’s Union Square for a full day of canning and how-tos, all streamed live on the web. This year’s Day is August 16, the host Hugh Acheson, and the scope international, with events taking place in Canada, South Africa and Australia.

    In honor of the event, and in support of the effort to get everyone to try their hand at canning, Spooning is offering it’s third sort-of annual Canning Recipe Contest. Submit your original (or family-heirloom) canning recipe here (plus a photo, if possible) and you are in the running to win fabulous prizes courtesy of Ball. Two winners will receive an array goodies plus see their recipe published on Spooning! Submit your recipe by Friday, August 15, and be sure to join the Can-It-Forward festivities online on August 16.

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