Weck Jars & Peaches (+ Giveaway!!!)
Sometimes I can be a creature of habit. It’s true. There are certain dining destinations in the area, with a vast array of delicious menu options, wherein I often end up ordering the same dish, time after time. Why mess with a good thing, I say? Fortunately, my spouse couldn’t be possessed of a more opposing mindset. He’s always dabbling, always down for a new thing, always game to experiment.
Which is how I’ve ended up using canning jars with metal screw bands and flat lids for years and years. They’re what I was used to, what I knew. Other options, with their glass lids, rubber bands, and metal clamps were foreign and, often, pricey. So it was, naturally, my husband, always down for something new, who proved to be the catalyst of change in my home canning endeavors. He returned one day last year from a stop to pick up chicken feed from our friend Natalie’s homesteading supply store Small Terrain with an array of Weck jars. Admittedly, they are quite pretty, and we both knew Natalie had a wonderful Weck selection, so it seemed like the time was nigh to move out of my comfort zone and try something different.
I’m so glad I took the leap. Weck jars come in a variety of lovely shapes and sizes, and just like the Mason jars those of us here in the states have become so accustomed to, permitted the jars don’t have scratches or nicks, can be used again and again. The rubber gasket/band does need to be replaced each time, though, which is also similar to the need to replace lids used in Mason jars per canning session.
And then serendipity struck. You all know how much I love serendipity. It’s as though the universe gently knocks on your door, whispering, “Hey, it’s alright. I know things seem chaotic and discordant and wonky, but there really is order permeating everything. It’s cool.” I received tandem emails a few weeks ago from Annie at Mighty Nest about hosting a Weck giveaway and Jamie at Sweet Preservation about being a canbassador again and receiving a shipment of Washington State stone fruit for preserving.
Since I’ve long been a fan of the two, preserving the stone fruits of Washington in lovely Weck jars seemed like a match made in canning heaven. If you’re not familiar with Mighty Nest, I encourage you to get to know them. Here’s their mission statement: Our passion is making it easier for families to live healthier, better lives. We are a one-stop online shop with 1,000+ healthy, natural products, while providing fun, educational content and fostering a community of caring parents. Sweet Preservation, as detailed by their website, is: a community-oriented endeavor of the Northwest cherry growers and soft fruit growers of Washington state aimed at promoting home preservation of Northwest grown stone fruits among North American consumers. The website serves as a go-to resource for canning and freezing stone fruits, offering how-to-tips, unique recipes, health information, customizable canning jar labels and more. See why I like the two so much?
Over the weekend, I put up batches of Honeyed Spiced Peaches (some jars got cinnamon sticks and whole cloves while others received a couple star anise-I love that I only used local South Carolina peaches, our own honey, water, and whole spices and nothing else here!) and my Peach Lavender Butter (the recipe is in Canning & Preserving). Most of the loot went into Weck jars Annie sent, but several also went into Kilner jars she’d also shipped to me, which are equally lovely. Clamp-top lids are so very pretty, yes? Yes!
But why keep all things lovely jar beauty to myself? Why not share it with you?! Yes! You! Today, in partnership with Mighty Nest, I’m hosting a giveaway for 18 Weck jars. Pictured in the Rafflecopter image below, the giveaway includes: Six mini Tulip jars (7.4 ounce volume), Six 1/4 Liter jars (12.5 ounce volume), and Six 1/2 Liter jars (19.6 ounce volume).
How exciting! To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment below, saying what you’d like to can in these gorgeous jars, if they were yours. You’ll also see additional ways of increasing your chances of winning, as listed in the Rafflecopter below. The contest will run for one week, concluding next Monday, August 19th, at noon EST and is open to U.S. residents only. The Rafflecopter helps both Mighty Nest and I keep track of entries. It’s a new format for me, so we’ll just treat it as the experiment that it is.
NOTE: The giveaway is now closed for commenting. Thank you so very much to everyone that participated. The very lucky Claire Mueller was our winner! Enormous rivers are gratitude are flowing in the direction of Mighty Nest for sponsoring this epic giveaway!!!