Last fall after helping my friend Teresa learn how to make and can jam she borrowed my canning rack and accessories. She still has them (not heart-broken though, they were much too big for the small batches of canning I like to do). Last week I was going through the coupon sheets that come in our local mail and saw one for $2 off the new Ball Canning Discovery Kit.
I was in a certain big box retailer this morning and happened to go by the canning section when I saw it. They had it for $10 (less than the $11.50 Ball sells it for in the above link). With my coupon I got it for $8. What a deal, I couldn’t pass it up. It is small enough to handle my micro canning I do and no need for a large pot anymore! This is a neat idea for the urban cook. It comes with the basket/handle, a small booklet on canning and 3 nice Ball jars with lids and rings. So I am not heart-broken that my other kit has never come back now 😉
Ball is also selling a traditional kit of tools, but with the basket all you need is a funnel, of which they had an American made one by Arrow Plastic for $1.23 sitting next to it. Most of the other tools never get used (at least by me) so need to buy twice….
Now if my blueberries would start thinking about ripening I can look forward to canning some of my most excellent blueberry lemon jam!