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Eighty-Four Percent


Ready to work!

I’m getting there! I’m close enough with my Kickstarter project to be excited–and nervous–at the same time. If the project is not 100 percent funded, it’s not funded at all. I have 10 more days, until 11:37 a.m. EST on March 3, to meet my funding goal. Pledges aren’t not charged until March 3 because if I don’t meet my goal? It all goes away! As if it never happened! I’m hoping all the other bad luck I’ve had in the past few months was because the universe was saving up all my good luck for the studio.

Meanwhile, I’m working away on my paperwork with the county health department. (This is a “process the paperwork and the studio will happen” mindset. I want to be ready!) For those of you who might find it interesting (anyone?), I’ll explain a little bit about that. There are lists and plans and diagrams for everything. It’s crazy detailed. Questions such as: The amount of cubic space for dry, refrigerated, and frozen storage. Thawing methods. Warewashing methods. A color-coded flow chart for storing utensils! (I don’t make this stuff up.) It’s called a Food Establishment Plan, and is the same paperwork you’d have to fill out if you were opening a restaurant. “Not all sections may be applicable to every establishment.” Whew. Fortunately, there is a very encouraging and friendly county health inspector here who has generously spent much time answering questions and helping me wade through the maze.

There is nothing like my studio on the farm anywhere around here, so approving this sort of establishment (one that is primarily for cooking/baking/cheesemaking workshops and farm agritourism) is new for him, too. From a business standpoint, this is excellent for me–there’s no competition in the area for what I have to offer.

But first I have to make my funding goal! If you can’t make a pledge, you can also help by sharing the project with friends. And remember that you can pledge as little as one dollar–and every dollar adds up! Thank you so much for your support. The project would never have gotten this far on Kickstarter without you!

See me on Kickstarter! Please spread the word!

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I Want the Tear-Off Labels (BBB)


Continuing with my little series of BBBs that are not BBBs to showcase other great canning literature, here’s one that caught my eye: Canning for a New Generation: Bold, Fresh Flavors for the Modern Pantry by Liana Krisoff. I like that this book is arranged seasonally, which is handy when you’re looking for recipes you can use right now for what’s coming out of your garden or available at the farmers market. There are plenty of recipes–including recipes for using your home-canned foods–and also a good section on canning basics plus some cute tear-off jar labels. It’s a fresh and approachable canning guide. Maybe the one for you?

Note: You can let me know you want it, or you can still just put (BBB) in your comment–but remember it’s actually a copy of Canning for a New Generation that the winner will receive. If you miss the update with the winner, I’m also still listing these on the BBB Winners List page, so check for your name there.


Ball Blue BookIt’s a Ball Blue Book Project day! This BBB day is sponsored by Adri Barr Crocetti at The Front Burner. Please give her a visit!

For a chance to win: Leave a comment on this post and let me know you want it. You can just put (BBB) at the end of your comment or otherwise note that you want to be in the draw. One winner will be drawn by random comment number to receive a copy of Canning for a New Generation. Eligible entry cut-off is midnight Eastern (U.S.) time tonight (February 22). This post will be updated with the winner by 9 a.m. Eastern (U.S.) time tomorrow (February 23). Return to this post to claim your book if your name is drawn (or check the BBB Winners List).

Find out more about the Ball Blue Book Project and become a sponsor.

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UPDATE 02/23/12: The winning comment number, drawn by, is comment #134, pdlainey. Email me at [email protected] with your full name and address for shipping!


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