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Jars & Canning

If you know me well {or .. not so well} you know that jars are simply one of my favorite things! When I was little, I loved playing in my grandmother’s pantry because she kept nothing in it’s original packaging but instead transferred everything to be stored into various sized glass jars, which were labeled and reminded me of a candy store – it was beautiful. And today, I do the same with many of my baking ingredients. And, of course I package my own IceMilk Aprons in their very own jars as well as a nod to this special fondness I have.

Funny story. So, I get preserves jars by the truckload from a small town grocery store or from our local hardware store to hand pack each of my aprons. My husband is kind enough to go there and load them up in his pickup truck and bring them home for me. The folks at the store are certain we are moonshiners. It makes me laugh every time, though I have kind of gotten into the Moonshiners show {anyone else?} …

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Jars & Canning

Canning and preserving is on the list as one of the top 10 trends of 2013 and is oh-so-chic! With farming and farmers markets being so popular these days, I’m not surprised! Williams-Sonoma has a special section on their agrarian site just for Canning & Preserving. Mason jars are being used on everything from weddings to packaging to entertaining. Blackberry Farm has a preservationist on staff. So, whether you love Ball, Mason, Kerr, Weck or other jars, take your pick and jump right into this fun, southern-inspired craft. Some of my favorite things come in jars and I included them above for you to enjoy, but I’d love to know what else you have that I haven’t yet discovered! I hope you’ll join in our #southernchat this week to talk about all things  jars, preserving, canning & more!

southernchat

#southernchat: jars & canning (Monday, 2/18/13, 9:00 pm est)

Q1: When you think of jars, what is the first thing that comes to mind?

Q2: What kind of jars are your favorite? Brands, shapes, sizes & more!

Q3: Have you ever tried canning & preserving? If not, would you give it a try? If so, any tips to share?

Q4: I shared some of my favorite things in jars, so what are your favorite things in jars?

Q5: What are some of the most creative things you’ve seen done with jars?

{ If you’re interested in sponsoring the southern jars & canning chat, or to learn more about #southernchat, to be a guest or host another giveaway, click here to learn more!}

Jars + Canning:
Phickles Pickles, Emily G’s Jams, Bella Cucina pesto, IceMilk Aprons, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, St. Helena Olive Oil Co. Sea Salt, Blackberry Farms Grain and Nut Granola for Williams-Sonoma, Canning for a New Generation book.

I was lucky at last to have a free momento this weekend to pop into the fabulous Artisan Market that Williams-Sonoma hosted here in Atlanta.

I wanted to see what the market was all about, as they included some of my favorite local artisans – including Sweetgrass Dairy and Bella Cucina – but also, some friends that I’d not had the chance yet to meet in person. I had the wonderful opportunity to meet the delightful Angie Tillman of Phickles Pickles, as well as the lovely Virginia Willis, author of Bon Appétit, Y’all! Recipes and Stories from Three Generations of Southern Cooking. Both just as Southern and charming in person as online, as you might have guessed!

I snagged up a jar of tasty Phickles Wedgies { I have yet to resist green tomatoes of any variety …} along with a package of Virginia’s Heirloom Grits, which were yummy as can be without an ounce of anything to enhance their flavor.

I hope you’ll have a chance to pop into the next Williams-Sonoma Artisan Market. I’m quite certain you’ll enjoy the trip as much as I did.

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