In a Pickle? (BBB)


Pints of Sweet Gherkins right out of the canner.

If you’re in a pickle, you need a pickle.

A whole jar of ’em, that is. OR a jar of jam. Or jelly. These are my go-to charms after I get done batting my eyelashes when fix-it people come over. No matter what is wrong, who you have to call, what they have to do–when they get done? Go get a jar of something.

It makes them not want to charge you so much! Seriously! I have this phenomenon under investigation and I’m making pie charts. Or pies. Whatever. If you have to call someone, just go get a jar of pickles. Or jam. Or jelly. Trust me.

And if that’s not a reason to can, I don’t know what is.

I’ve been on hiatus from BBB giveaways lately due to The Great Upheaval, otherwise known as moving. I’m BACK! Having been away from my regular BBBs, I’m going to play catchup on a few and do extras. I’ve got three BBBs up for grabs today!


Ball Blue BookIt’s a Ball Blue Book Project day! Today’s Ball Blue Book is sponsored by:

CB in TN
Alton Wright in honor of his mother and grandmother, the canning queens–visit Alton at Life at Shadow Woods
Vanessa Zumwalt in honor of Evelyn Lamont and Evelyn Lot

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. Three winners will be drawn by random comment number to receive a Ball Blue Book. Eligible entry cut-off is midnight Eastern (U.S.) time tonight (January 4). This post will be updated with the winner by 9 a.m. Eastern (U.S.) time tomorrow (January 5). 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.

NOTE: You must be registered to comment. If you’re not registered, you can register here. If you’re already registered but not logged in, go here to log in.

UPDATE 01/05/12: The winning comment numbers, drawn by, are comment numbers #11–Teresa, #81–Gem, and #29–dgkritch. Email me at [email protected] with full names and addresses for shipping!



  1. bonita says:

    Yes, please. I’d love to be in a pickle-giving mode.

  2. Richelle says:

    Oh Yes, BBB please to pickle all summer long!

  3. Richelle says:

    Oh Yes, I´d love to pickle all summer long!

  4. collector1 says:

    Ooh pickles! BBB please. Thank you! :dancingmonster:

  5. TRUDY says:

    There’s nothing like a homemade gift…thanks for the chance of a BBB….

  6. Miss Nellie says:

    Would love to win BBB. Canning gets a thumb up from me. BBB please

  7. Kathy in FL says:

    I like to make jams and jellies, myself. And I love to give jars of them away, too! BBB, please.

  8. GaPeach says:

    BBB, please! Thanks!

  9. cabighorse says:

    Between my hubby, Magic Man, and my friend, there are never enough pickles in the house. I would love, love, love to have a copy on my kitchen counter acquiring stains and folds on its pages. BBB for ME!

  10. justdeborah2002 says:

    would love love love a BBB!
    and I agree, nothing softens someone up like a homemade jar of something special

  11. Teresa says:

    I would love to have one! Please sign me up 😀

  12. kelly jo kirby says:

    Please pick me! I would love to have this book. I gave my co-workers canned apple butter and salsa this year for Christmas and I would love to have some more ideas for next year. They love these gifts.

  13. robinsroost63 says:

    No one can have to many canning books. BBB

  14. ranchelmarie says:

    I would love a BBB!

  15. lynnann50 says:

    Up here in the far northern reaches of Wisconsin, we are enjoying the fruit (and veggies) of my canning season…pickles and relishes and all types of canned, frozen and dehydrated goodies. The good life to be sure!!! love and peace…lynnann BBB

  16. KariP says:

    I love giving homemade gifts! BBB for me, please.

  17. kwg85 says:

    :heart: I’m so new at canning, I need all the help I can get. I would LOVE to win the BBB!!

  18. Carol in NC says:

    Come on summer. Can’t wait to start pickling! BBB!

  19. steakandeggs says:

    Now who wouldn’t want a jar of those lovely pickles, or the BBB. Count me in.

  20. Llama Gramma says:

    I’ve been charming them with your recipe for corn cob jelly. It amazes them! And I would love the BBB to add to my supply of “lures”. Thanks

  21. bluepirat says:

    Oh yes pickles, jam, fruit butters, salsa’s the family has lists of stuff for me to bring during the holidays. Even himself will ask me for a jar if he has to go somewhere for work & be asking nicely for stuff.
    Did you know BBB had a ” can it forward day” last season?
    As soon as I put away the Christmas stuff I am going to see if I can scout out some “Blood oranges” and make some marmalade.

  22. momtoadiva says:

    BBB me please 🙂

  23. Michele-lee says:

    I can see why that would soften people up- I sounds like fun to pick something out from the pantry. BBB please.

  24. Naomi says:

    I’d love a chance!! Thanks! (BBB)

  25. Mari says:

    I l ove to can but somehow don’t have that book yet! I would love it!(BBB)

  26. Halfpint says:

    I need this book 🙂

  27. mrshull says:

    I am pretty new to the canning world and have not yet purchased a single canning book. This would be greatly appreciated and much loved! BBB please!

  28. dgkritch says:

    Me too. Me too, please! BBB

  29. HomesteadJen says:

    Pickles were the first canning I ever tried. My grandmother used to do the old-fashioned brining in a ceramic jug. I am still trying to master that technique. They just never come out sour enough! BBB, please.

  30. Hengal says:

    Would love the BBB too! DH and I are beginner canners this year and can’t wait! :happyfeet:

  31. atlast says:

    Please register me for the BBB giveaway and new year blessings to all.

  32. strljmnz says:

    BBB Please and Thank you!!!! :shimmy:

  33. xlibbax says:

    Please enter me!

    Thanks so much – Happy New Year!

  34. sheriblanch says:

    Please register me for the BBB giveaway. Thanks and congrats on the move!

  35. hampgirl says:

    BBB, please!

  36. suziQ says:

    Oh, oh! BBB, please! :woof:

  37. pdelainey says:

    those pickles look great. BBB please. :clover:

  38. jnet says:

    I would love to have the BBB I would gift it to my daughter!

  39. doublektx says:

    Yes, BBB please! Thanks!

  40. seashore says:

    Would love a BBB! Would be a wedding present for my daughter. Seashore

  41. wanda1950 says:

    My BBB is old & worn & spattered with stuff. Sure could use a new one.

  42. Luann says:

    BBB PLEASE. this would be a great way to start 2012. :snoopy:

  43. Beverly123 says:

    BBB. We are moving to an acre so we can garden and can.I’d love to have it to get started again, it has been years since I canned anything.

  44. gerryvoland says:

    I would love to win one! BBB please!

  45. CrystalGB says:

    I would love to have the BBB. 🙂

  46. City Kid says:

    Ooo! Lovely! And so much easier than feeding the repair-person a meal!! Sign me up for the BBB.

  47. aprilsinohio says:

    I would love to have one! My neice loves pickles. With the book I could find a recipe for pickles and I could wipe that sour face right off her or maybe make it sour? :fairy:

  48. cabynfevr says:

    Wahoo! Suzanne is back! I love that you’re returning to “normal”…it’s a good sign! :dancingmonster:

  49. BethAnn says:

    Mmm…Pickles look wonderful! BBB please!

  50. Kristen A says:

    My family goes crazy for pickles. All kinds! Would love the BBB please. Thank you to those who donated.

  51. Raiquee says:

    BBB Please!! I lost my ball book (the horrors!)

  52. KristinaMTT says:

    My kids would love to learn how to make pickles… and jam… and… well, everything really! Please sign us up. You are a true inspiration, Suzanne! Thanks so much for all you do.

  53. Murphala says:

    My BWB canner just arrived…a BBB would be excellent! Count me in, please! :woof:

  54. jbowyer01 says:

    Oh I’d love to be included! (BBB) Thank you.

  55. GrammieEarth says:

    I’m not a sweet pickle lover, bring on the dill or sour ones! I would love a BBB!

  56. mcnerd says:

    I just a batch of Dill Pickles and had brine left so I sliced up some zucchinis to pickle also. Can’t survive without my pickles. Trouble is my BBB is coming apart and rather ragged on the edges from constant use. I need a new copy.

  57. FrannyP says:

    Would love to win a BBB! Have never done any canning, but would love to learn! It’s a new year, so maybe now is the time. Happy New Year, Suzanne! Many blessings to you in 2012!

  58. mrsdmahogany says:

    Count me in for a BBB please!

    Dianna :sheep:

  59. SuseM says:

    I’m gonna enter, but I never win anything. I’d love to have a BBB! I am concentrating on cooking healthier, fresher meals for my family this year and cutting out the preservatives. I just made my first ever batch of pear butter and it was sooooo good!!! Hope I win!

  60. West Virginia Bound Ladies says:

    l would like to win the BBB :happyflower:

  61. lavenderblue says:

    All through the big canning season (pickles, tomatoes, etc.) I was working a lot. Now it seems we have a winter slow down. (I can’t figure it, I work at a local-ish coffee chain and things do slow way down after Christmas. Wouldn’t ya think winter is when people would WANT coffee?) Anyway, with time on my hands, I’m looking for deals on winter produce in order to learn canning. I still haven’t tried out that pressure canner that I got such a deal on last year. Guess I’m kind of a coward when it comes to trying new stuff.

    A BBB might help.

  62. bonnie335 says:

    Please count me in the drawing. I would love to learn how to can.

  63. Andrea.tat says:

    I would love to win this, haven’t had enough space for canning in like two years. Now I do! So please enter me in the BBB drawing! :cowsleep:

  64. boulderneigh says:

    Oh yes, a BBB please!

  65. marymac says:

    Please enter me in the BBB

  66. jeepdriver says:

    Oh, sign me up please! I need a plumber. This is looking alike a very good idea. Everyone loves food, and if it cuts down on the bill I’ll give it a try.

  67. JOJO says:

    I would like to try my hand at canning again and the BBB would be very helpful.

  68. LaurelinMO says:

    just getting ready to open a jar of sweet pickles i made this summer. could really use the BBB.

  69. BarbaraLW says:

    I have attempted gardening over the past few years and would love to learn how to can instead of putting everything into freezer bags! Thanks for the BBB giveaway!!

  70. azladychef says:

    YEAH!!!!! BBB is back!!!!Enter me please and thank you!!

  71. mom2fivekidz says:

    Wow!!! Those pickles look wonderful & tasty! My grand LOVES pickles & I could make them for her if I had the BBB with the instructions. lol

  72. ashmmorgan2 says:

    BBB please!!! :woof: :shimmy: :snoopy:

  73. aprilejoi says:

    BBB please!

  74. JReed says:

    I’d like a BBB!

  75. denicew says:

    I love to can. I would love to add this handy reference to my library! BBB please!

  76. tractor57 says:

    “I don’t want a pickle” or so goes that old song. As for me pickles are a good thing. Sweet pickles, bread and butter pickles, dill pickles, fermented pickles, pickled beets, pickled okra …
    Getting all Bubba Gump here .

  77. Gem says:

    Time to pick(le) ME! (thank you)

  78. mjdoyle says:

    I do want to learn about pickles – especially dill. BBB!

  79. Bonnie S. says:

    BBB, please!!

  80. beneathhiswings says:

    BBB,please! Thanks.

  81. Moopsee says:

    I’d be grateful since mine is at least 10 years old.

  82. njoyhealth says:

    Just found your blog today and have enjoyed reading a good bunch of your blogs…very refreshing and motivating to someone who used to do lots of canning in an effort to be frugal, healthy, and responsible. I’d love to be entered into your drawing…Thanks.

  83. tea4too0 says:

    I will have to try that next time I need a repair person to come. Please enter me in the BBB.

  84. muggle granny says:

    :sun2: your blog is 1 of 3 that i read almost every day. Love it.

  85. oddgirl says:

    BBB oh please, please, please. There’s one please there for each BBB you’re giving away!

  86. Willamette Valley Girl says:

    Happy New Year to everyone! I learned my canning love from my mother and it continues to be my favorite thing to do. One of my two daughters also has come to love and enjoy it. I would love to receive this gift – BBB.

  87. countrygirl221 says:

    I am hoping to try canning pickles this summer and dilly beans. BBB please.

  88. Just.Jean says:

    What a nice way to honor your mother and grandmother!

    Pick me! I =need= that book, need all the help I can get! (Congrats to whomever wins, hope it’s me!)

  89. Just.Jean says:

    Ooops. I forgot the magic words! (See, I told you I need all the help I can get!) BBB PLEASE! :~) THANK YOU!

  90. 54R4H says:

    Yes, I would loooove to be entered in the drawing please! BBB please!

  91. JaniceAndrea says:

    I need to know what to be on the look out for at the farmers market. Can’t wait till spring. Would love a BBB.

  92. smiledarlin says:

    I shared my applesauce with my acupuncture Dr. His son is autistic and LOVED it because it was ONLY apples- nothing added.
    Whenever I have someone over to do any work- they go home with applesauce or beets or peaches.
    I have a sticker on the lids reminding them “You can return the jar and ring for future canned treats” and it is heartwarming to see how many DO.
    They are just so impressed to get something that SOMEONE MADE…

  93. smiledarlin says:

    That was suppose to have the BBB in it…

  94. Just.Jean says:

    Congrats to the winners and THANK YOU to the sponsors, what a nice way to start the new year!

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