This is a blog about home canning—or "putting up" as one might say where I'm from—and it will cover jams and other fruit preserves, pickles and briny things, canned vegetables (above all tomatoes) and the complement of condiments that includes relishes, sauces, salsas and those related preparations that result when you chunk bits of seasonal produce and preserve them in a syrup either piquant or sweet.

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Saturday
Jan262013

Tools of the Trade

I slept 9 hours last night—an almost unimaginable luxury—and awoke with a new lease on life. This morning I got to work on some neglected priorties, like putting together the Saving the Season webstore. With help from my friend Alex, who designed this blog, I'll be building out a shop to carry everything a home canner might need: jars, labels, hang tags, jelly bags, aprons, notebooks, note cards, and the various implements and paraphernalia of the trade. Well, that's the long-term goal. The short-term goal is to be able to offer you the chance to source a few handy tools, as well as jars of my own Saving the Season sweet preserves. 

What kind of tools, you ask? Check out the ABOVE: a headspace measure handcrafted by a wood-worker I know using beautiful cherry wood. Coming soon...

Reader Comments (5)

Wonderful idea. I have been trying to come up with a prototype for a jam stirrer/maker and recently found out Tfal and Ball both have jam making machine out.

January 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDonna Shaw

Kevin! Those are absolutely beautiful! I can't wait to see what else you add to your shop!

January 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarisa

Oh my, these are lovely!! Will they be available for wholesale? They would be perfect for my little online shop. I am adding Weck jars soon, and have a few other bits and bobs that home canners love. Let me know! I would love to be your first Canadian store...

Really looking forward to this - I just couldn't bear to buy a dark green plastic headspace measure; too tacky for words.

January 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDiana B

Can't wait to order one! Any of your lovely jam pans going to find their way to your store?

January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda A.

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