Saturday, December 11, 2010

My Favorite Things: Canning Discovery Kit

Inspired by Oprah's "Favorite Things" and the holiday season, I thought I'd do a series of posts with some of my favorite food and cooking-related gift items.  Of course, I can't hand out free items like Oprah can, but hopefully I can inspire a few gifts for the foodies and entertainers in your life.  Enjoy!

I've spoken to a lot of people who would love to try their hand at canning but don't want to shell out the cash for a full boiling water canner and a case of jars.  This year, Ball came out with a new product:  The Ball Canning Discovery Kit.

This neat little kit is under $20.  It includes three jars, a plastic basket designed to lift jars in and out of a standard stock pot or pasta pot, instructions, and coupons for more jars.  It's a great way to try it out to see if you like it--maybe produce a couple jars of homemade jam or some pickles.  Plus, if you do become an avid canner, you'll have a ready-made "small batch" canning setup.

This kit makes a great Christmas gift for anyone who likes to cook and try out new things.

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