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Win a bouquet of Weck Mini-Tulip Canning Jars

Aug 29, 2012 -
  Win a bouquet of Weck Mini-Tulip Canning Jars

Someone’s in the kitchen with garden writers Margaret Roach and Gayla Trail—

It’s harvest time and we’re crazed canners (and freezers and dryers).

Roll up your sleeves, wipe down your kitchen counters, and join us.

We’re proud to team up for a giveaway with two of the most famous organic gardeners in North America.

See Margaret Roach’s upstate New York garden at A Way To Garden. Margaret was Editorial Director of Martha Stewart before she went all garden, all the time.

Gayla Trail is an urban gardener in Toronto and on You Grow Girl she shows how anyone, anywhere can grow food and flowers.

Both women garden for the love of it, and to have their own organic harvests.

We have all the canning supplies you need, plus our own online food preservation videos and articles.

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THERE ARE 3 WAYS TO WIN, and each of the six winners chosen at random will win a set of six mini-tulip Weck canning jars from us; a signed copy of “And I Shall Have Some Peace There” from Margaret Roach, and Gayla Trail’s newest book: the recipe-filled “Drinking the Summer Garden”. Two winners will be chosen on each of our three websites.

*  The wonderful Weck jars (with BPA-free lids) are the 7.4 oz. size. Filled with preserves they make a pretty present, or a gleaming addition to your pantry shelves.
*  Kirkus Reviews called Margaret’s book “a moving, eloquent and joyously idiosyncratic memoir”.
*  In her brand-new book, Gayla shows you how to concoct seasonal drinks that you can’t buy in a bottle. You’ll receive this book as a digital bundle.



Triple your chances by entering here, then at A Way To Garden and also at You Grow Girl. All you have to do to enter is answer the same question on each of our blogs. Answer in the reply section at the bottom of this page, then visit the other blogs and do the same there (fine to cut and paste your answers).


Question: Besides for putting up food, what do you use canning jars for? (If your answer is “nothing,” tell us what you can in them, or go ahead and just say “Count me in” if you’re feeling shy. We’re easy!)

Winners will be drawn randomly after entries close at midnight on Tuesday, September 4, and informed by email. Good luck to all, and we hope we’ve inspired you to spend some of your holiday weekend ahead putting up the harvest.

Thank you all! We’re getting a kick out of your creative ideas for using Weck jars! We randomly chose two winners and are notifying them. A Way to Garden and You Grow Girl have two winners apiece, as well. If you weren’t chosen this time, please stay tuned for our next 3-way giveaway!

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Categories: Food Preservation, Food Processing & Preservation, Canning Supplies, Events & Workshops

Amy Ellis Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 7:19 am

I love making pickles, and when we belonged to a CSA I’d can and preserve extra tomatoes. One of my favorite Christmas treats is making orange marmalade and preserved lemons as presents for friends and co-workers. We also use canning jars to store herbs and dry goods that we buy in bulk from the market like grains, sugars etc.

Carmen Johnson Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 7:20 am

I use them for juices, spices, tomato sauce, and hand cream.

Mary Gantz Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 7:20 am

I use them to store dry herbs for now, but next year I want to try canning! Count me in!

Lisa P Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 7:23 am

I have not tried canning, but I would like to some day soon. The only thing I have used jars for are Cupcakes-in-jars!

Krista Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 7:25 am

I put everything in my jars.  Leftovers, drinks, and flowers (as a vase) for example.

I can never have enough!

carrie Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 7:28 am

I use them to store refrigerator pickles, loose change and as flower vases.

Crystal Kelso Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 7:31 am

I use pints for drinking hot tea with my lil girl who is two wink They are also my to-go cup for juice and ice water, no-spill lids! I like to use to half pints for propagating herbs or storing seeds..and I even use the old baby food jars for putting up ‘refridgerator samples’ of any canning extras that I have made, like apple tomatoe chutney and boysenberry BBQ sauce!

Mary C. Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 7:36 am

I’ve never canned a thing in my life, but I’ve never had a garden before this year either. Its something I’ve always wanted to try (barring any complications lol), I think I could be just as successful as I have been with the garden.


Kristen Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 7:37 am

I store my homemade kombucha in my jars, and freeze lots of things in them too, including soups and pizza sauce. Also store all my dried goods (beans, rice, etc.) in big jars. Never enough jars!

Rebecca Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 7:38 am

Flower vases. Oatmeal. Extra salad dressing. Spice mixes. Dry ingredient prep before huge bake-a-thons. The list goes on…

Annie S. Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 7:41 am

Oh goodness, I use them for everything! Pastas, rice, oatmeal, dehydrated mushrooms, and homemade laundry detergent in big half gallon jars, homemade taco seasoning, and other spices/mixes in little 4 oz. jelly jars. Pop some frozen fruits, greens, and milk into half pints jars, hook it up to the blender and have a quick, to-go smoothie!

sara Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 7:41 am

I use them to store all the dry goods in my pantry.

Marie-Elise Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 7:42 am

I only use canning jars to store food, may it be dry or jam. My favorite jam: apple and lemon jam.
I’ve never heard of weck jars before but they do look beautiful and seems to work well since you use them all the time.

Diane R Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 7:48 am

Just used some this morning to make a batch of “Zetta’s Polish Pickles”. My antique ones I use to display things like my marble and button collections or dried goods like beans and pasta. Some I use for dehydrated veggies or foods from the bulk store like raisins and candied ginger. Others I use to display flowers. I LOVE canning jars.

Kelly Grago Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 7:52 am

flower vases

Stephanie Thurow Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 7:54 am

I use my jars to store my craisins, raisins and nuts.

Liz Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 7:56 am

I use my canning jars for flowers, drinks (have you seen this lid - http://cuppow.com), salad dressing - so many possibilities!

Denise Benny Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 7:56 am

I use canning jars for my homemade pesto.  I make it when I have a nice fresh crop of beautiful homegrown basil, pour a little olive oil over top of it in the canning jars & freeze for use later.

Anne Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 7:56 am

I like to gift sugar scrubs and other all natural body products in them.

Janina Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 7:57 am

I use ‘em to sprout, make my coffee in, and feed my kids juice at the table!!!

Vanessa W. Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 7:57 am

I use my canning jars in our at home classroom to store small things like rubber bands and metal washers.  I also use them in my sewing studio for buttons. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Katie Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 7:59 am

I brew sun tea and exclusively drink it out of my set of old Ball jars, a hand-me-down from my grandma. I also use canning jars for fresh cut flowers from my garden. Love this giveaway and so happy to learn of the other sites. Thanks!

Sharon Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 7:59 am

I used canning jars to hold field flowers for the Sunday-morning beach picnic for out of town guests after our daughter’s wedding. I use them to store and freeze homemade broth and end-of-season tomatoes and corn for winter soups, and for years have used them to make Damson plum preserves, occasionally peach conserve, too, to give as Christmas gifts. I would love to try beautiful Weck jars!

Jacqueline Sue Grana Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 8:01 am

I use them for everything around the house

Earen Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 8:02 am

I use my jars as drink glasses, for sprouting house plant cuttings, for growing herbs in the kitchen window, as a pencil jar, for some random marbles that were lying around, storing dried beans and pasta, taking food to a potluck or as a hostess gift, and of course for my multitude of pickles and jams

Anna Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 8:06 am

I keep a canning jar handy to corral all the coins and buttons I find in the bottom of the washer.  It fills up pretty quickly!

Christy Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 8:12 am

Mostly food, but also homemade condiments, homemade bath salts, homemade deodorant, fresh flowers, and sometimes candles for decorations.

Sharon Zwald Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 8:13 am

I LOVE these jars.  I am canning tomatoes right now, I have a bumper crop!  Also need to make some pickles.

Rise K Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 8:16 am

Love canning jars…!  Use them for airtight storage for dried fruit and herbs.

Melanie Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 8:18 am

I use canning jars for steeping herbs for natural liniments and other solar herbal infusions.

colleen j. Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 8:20 am

beads, seeds and drinks!

Melanie Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 8:20 am

I use them for everything! Pens and pencils, flowers, dry and preserved foods, leftovers, dressings, toiletries, you name it!

Deb Stenberg Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 8:23 am

Oh, I do want to try these. Canning jars get multiple uses here in our house. Most are full of a hot pepper nectarine sauce and others have refrigerator pickles in them right now. The smaller jelly jars also hold the body butter I like to make up, store dried bulk beans, rice, etc.

Rose Trettenero Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 8:28 am

Canning jars make wonderful drinking glasses for ice tea, lemonade, etc.!

NW Nature Nut Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 8:30 am

I use canning jars for making sun tea, vases and everyday food storage. Their handy sizes make them a nice alternative to plastic.

Courtney B. Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 8:30 am

I love using jars for making salad dressings and bringing my yogurt into work!

Thad Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 8:31 am

I have one on my night stand that holds loose change.  They are used to carry lunch to work.  They make good vases, especially some of the older and more special ones (aka blue mason jars and one huge “strong shoulder” jar).

Bethann @ fruit.root.leaf. Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 8:31 am

I use canning jars for nearly everything - canning, of course, but also for pencil holders, containers for organizing cupboards, freezing produce and leftovers, refrigerating and re-heating soup and other leftovers, etc.  I also used old blue canning jars (from my grandmother) to hold lilac bouquets at my wedding a couple years ago.  I’d never even seen those jars before we started collecting stuff to hold the bouquets, and my mom produced a couple gorgeous boxes of them from a random corner of the basement!


Karen Guise Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 8:34 am

I’m a canning novice. Would love to start out right with this gorgeous set.

Leslie Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 8:36 am

I use jars as lunch containers, storing leftovers, and so many other things ... I love jars!

Susy Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 8:39 am

I do not can as much as I used to, but I do make herb jellies, pickled eggplant, and pepper jelly. Empty jars in my kitchen hold dried herbs, leftover soups, and sometimes flowers.

Kelly A. Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 8:41 am

I use Jars for so much, but the best thing is we store all of our nuts, dried fruits, chocolate chips and seeds in them, and when we want a quick snack just take a scoop from each for custom trail mix! 
Oh and Granola- I love the fancy bulk granola.

Anne Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 8:42 am

Coffee beans, dried foods, flowers, leftovers…..

Brittany B. Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 8:43 am

Whenever I do canning, I always can tomatoes, tomato sauces, sun dried tomatoes, pickles, soups, jams, green beans, squash.. so many things have the potential of being canned grin I also use jars for my crafty beads as well as my sewing needles! Always Super handy to have!

Jenn F Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 8:44 am

Besides “putting up food” we use jars to store pantry items, such as flour, sugar, oats, raisins, etc… We also store coconut oil and lard in jars and store leftovers in the fridge in canning jars. Right now I have flowers from the farmers market on my window sill in a quart size canning jar.

But, maybe the more interesting thing we do is make deoderant in canning jars - taking a stick of crystal deoderant, hammer it out of the container, breaking it into pieces. Then we put a chunk of crystal with water in the canning jar and let it dissolve. When it’s dissolved we put it into spray bottles. We always have two jars of this ‘in process’.

SJ Chapman Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 8:44 am

colored water on the windowsill … you can make a spectrum using food coloring and different dilutions, and the light that comes in is beautiful

Sandy S Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 8:44 am

Drinking glasses.

Christina Lewis Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 8:46 am

Jars to too precious of a commodity for me to use for anything other than food. I use them for cold storage, processed items like tomatoes and dry items like nuts and flours.

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Charlotte Owendyk Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 8:48 am

Odds and ends of sewing supplies, such as buttons, zippers, thread. I also use my jars as vases for flowers I cut from the garden. Right now, I have seed packages in a large jar.

Diana Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 8:51 am

First year of canning so I have been putting anything in them I can get my hands on!

Bree Freeland Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 8:53 am

I use my Weck jars for crafting supplies, leftovers, everything. They are so pretty!

Stefani Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 8:57 am

I’m a little obsessed with canning jars…I use them for storing granola, homemade laundry detergent, dehydrated fruit. And I use them for storing pre-made salads. And for whatever else I have lying around. grin

Jessica Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 8:58 am

Some friends and I just started canning this year!  Great fun.  So far we’ve done strawberry-rhubarb jam, solar pickles, and tomato-basil jam.  Next we’re going to put up some peaches.  I use my Ball jars for all sorts of food storage and fermenting, as well. But the Weck jars . . . those are too special for anything but canning.  smile

Patti Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 9:00 am

Canning, culturing, storage, drinking from.

Sheda Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 9:01 am

Just count me in because I’m eager to start canning and I think I can also use them to make KimChee!

Lizzie Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 9:01 am

Like many others, I love glass jars for storing dry goods like beans, oatmeal, specialty flours, etc!

Debbie Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 9:02 am

Pickles, salad dressing, strawberry jam.

count me in please Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 9:05 am

melissa soucy

Denise Eddy Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 9:05 am

I want to do Tomatoes, beans, peas, corn, pickles, peaches,
Dried herbs and other pickled veggies.
Have been known to grab them for flower vases or
For filling with just picked berries.  Will do much more
Next year, when my youngest of 3 is bigger. 
Need to win cause I’m a stay at home mom.  smile

Linzie Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 9:08 am

I use them to take food to work….layer yogurt and cherries, cukes with balsamic, rice and beans, anything!  Yum!

Kaitlin Jenkins Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 9:09 am

I use them for everything! Since buying a set of those plastic re-useable lids I’m addicted. Change, cold coffee, pasta, granola, facial cleaners, dog treats…all is fair game!

Tori MacMillan Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 9:13 am

I use them for canning pretty much anything that I can grow in my garden, but they’re great for my knick-knacks too in my bathroom or kitchen!

Carla S Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 9:13 am

I would love to put up jewel toned jams in these jars. They are so lovely.

Elizabeth Victory Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 9:14 am

I am just getting into canning this year, but I also use canning jars for storage, and most of all flower vases!

Susan Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 9:15 am

After an infestation of weevils, I started transferring all of my dry goods from their original bags into containers.  While plastic does the trick, I think nice jars look better.  I also cover a lot of my jars with polymer clay so they are even more decorative.

Jason Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 9:15 am

I could see multiple uses for them. Toothbrush, toothpaste, creams, shampoo, candie, coffee/tea holders. The use of jams, spices for them. Regrow of vegetables in them. The kids can put crayons/paintbrushes, paint in them. PIckling all great stuff in them.

Jennie Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 9:15 am

I keep a wide-mouthed quart jar full of washed, torn lettuce (or spinach or other greens) in the fridge. My husband eats so many sandwiches, but won’t use lettuce unless it’s visible and ready to use (no unwashed, whole leaves for him.)

Lori Guest Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 9:16 am

i love canning jars. i have a collection of crown jars that i use for dry food storage. i use regular canning jars for fridge storage, leak proof lunch containers, making flavoured liquor and liqueurs… so many things.

kaela Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 9:16 am

Freezing, storing grains, spices, herbs, short-term fridge storage - all sorts of things! Plus the mini-tulip jars make great vases for summer blooms.

Charlene Scott Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 9:19 am

Besides canning, we use them as glasses for drinks, storing my husband’s kombucha, holding random kitchen utensils, animal feed scooped, and anything else we can think of. Would Love to win the jars. Have read Margaret’s book, but it would be an awesome gift to my mom and really want a copy of Gayla’s newest!

Susan Schlesinger Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 9:20 am

Count me in, for sure!  I not only can lots of jams and jellies, but also Dutch Spiced Cabbage and Asian Plum Sauce. I have a deal with several friends to use and can their excess fruit in exchange for a few jars to keep.  I also use canning jars for 1) sprouting chicken treats, 2) counter cannisters, 3) vitamin containers, 4) garden lumieres, 5) homemade snowglobes, and 6) a ton of other things!  LOVE THEM.

Anne Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 9:22 am

I use mason jars a lot in the kitchen. A set of small jars for spices fits well in a shallow drawer with the name written on the top. They are great for making salad dressing in, drinking coffee out of, and storing leftover sauce in the fridge. A set of the large ones can also be used for dry goods like pasta, sugar, etc. These jars are beautiful…would love to win them.

Tracy Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 9:23 am

I use them for summer flowers.  I have some blue ones that look good with sunflowers in them.

Alex Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 9:26 am

making tea and yogurt, storing beans and grains and my son’s potion projects wink

Julie Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 9:26 am

I use them to grow sprouts in.

Dawna Ecklar Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 9:27 am

I love any kind of jar! Really good for transporting soups, using as flower vases, storing just about anything. We recently came across my grandmothers huge jar of marbles and we split them up between the grandkids and put them into pretty smaller jars

dory Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 9:28 am

I use them for everything they can be used for! Mostly to take lunch to school and work, and storage of all sorts of things, food and non-food. I have a giant quart-and-a-half jar full of buttons, for one thing…

Rita Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 9:30 am

dry ingredients

Rachelle Clark Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 9:35 am

We use them for everything.  We threw out all of our plastic containers, so know we put everything in glass canning jars.  That includes left over food for the refrigerator, plus any flour, sugar, spices, etc for the cupboards.  And to help identify what is in each, I just cut a circle out of the box or bag with what it is, or important cooking instructions, and slip it in between the lid and ring.  smile

Mary Beth Hunt Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 9:37 am

I like to put those jars on a shelf and just look at them. They are so beautiful!

Sezgi Uygur Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 9:42 am

I put a cute jar on the table to propagate a beautiful&small; plant, so I can check the roots growing during every meal.


rachel v. Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 9:46 am

We use mason jars for drinking. i store my kefir grains and raw milk in canning jars. i also use them for dried herbs from the garden.

Shilpa Kumar Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 9:46 am

I use canning jars as drinking glasses, storing vast amounts of ice tea and for storing grains and legumes!

Renee Richardson Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 9:49 am

I also use them as flower vases and coin jars. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway smile

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Stephanie Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 9:51 am

would love to can in wecks

Courtney Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 9:55 am

I have been using them to can our harvest of figs and tomatoes. Additionally, I made pesto this year and found that this was a perfect way to store it!

I also love to use canning or any other kind of jars for propagating herbs and flower arrangements.

Christine Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 9:57 am

My husband is a home brewer and he stores his yeast that he saves from one batch and reuses in the next batch in my canning jars.

Barb Clubb Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 9:58 am

I have done some canning in my jars, but I also use them for storage (food and otherwise) as well as filling them with dry ingredients and recipes to give as gifts!

eric Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 10:05 am

Don’t currently can, but I do store nails and screws and drip irrigation supplies in a few that I have floating around.  Canning does seem like it would be fun though.

Gina L Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 10:11 am

I put candles in mine

Sister X Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 10:15 am

I put away everything I can (haha!) in the mason jars I have.  I’m still a novice canner, though.  Last night I finally canned rhubarb for the first time—8 quarts!  I also made fireweed jelly this year for the first time since I made it as a child with my grandmother.
As for what else I use mason jars for, the list is too long!

JessicaCRB Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 10:20 am

I have actually found that my canning jar is the perfect size jar for sprouting for one! 

And I’m really excited to share my collection of canning jars with my best friend to use as centerpieces for her wedding next month!

Megan Borg Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 10:22 am

I buy the small mini mold jars and use them for storing herbs in a drawer. I’ve used washi tape and a sharpie to make labels for them as well - I love them! I also use the bigger jars to store teas in my tea cupboard (I love tea so much there is a dedicated cupboard).

Charity Briere Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 10:23 am

Everything! Drink glasses, paint cups, leftovers jars, paint-brush washers, toy storage, gift containers, pencil holders… smile

JJ Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 10:26 am

My fridge is full of jars—while there’s still some plastic in my kitchen (I won’t give up ziploc bags), all jars are fair game for food storage.  And I used small ones for spices long before I started using them for preserving food.  Somehow they haven’t found their way to other parts of the house for non-food storage…

Paula Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 10:32 am

I put everything in canning jars, in the fridge, on shelves, even in my office. My boyfriend buys me jars as presents now!

cindy Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 10:32 am

Transporting my lunch; storing grains & dried beans; serving drinks; packaging gifts; corralling buttons, ribbons, hair beads, art supplies, coins, q-tips, pens, pins….

Jpyce Gallivan Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 10:36 am

i have canned tomatoew in the past then ended up freezing them in freezer bags, canned green tomato relish most recently(last summer) and made some jelly. We’ve also used the jars for drinking coffee, and storage.

Cheri Says:
Aug 29th, 2012 at 10:38 am

As I look around my kitchen right now, this is what I see in Ball jars of various sizes:
a “vase” full of basil and thyme and zinnias from garden
fresh batch of iced tea
mini jar of cumin butter I made
Love the canning jars! (don’t have any of the pretty Weck jars though)

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