Preserving Toys (BBB)


Recently, I got a steam canner, and I just ordered myself a new Excalibur dehydrator–and I don’t feel bad at all because I deserve it. Now that it’s what Cindy and I have been lovingly and longingly referring to as A.R. (After Retreat), I’m ready to stop all this hard work and play with my new preserving toys!

I can’t get you a steam canner or dehydrator today (well, you might win a steam canner here!), but I can get you a BBB if your number comes up! (Sorry I haven’t done many BBBs lately–I’ve been distracted.)


Ball Blue BookIt’s a Ball Blue Book Project day! Today’s Ball Blue Book is sponsored by CB in TN.

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 Ball Blue Book. Eligible entry cut-off is midnight Eastern (U.S.) time tonight (September 8). This post will be updated with the winner by 9 a.m. Eastern (U.S.) time tomorrow (September 9). 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 09/09/11: The winning comment number, drawn by, is comment #3, jim. Email me at [email protected] with your full name and address for shipping!



  1. mamajoseph says:

    Haha. I didn’t see how making sure toys were safe related to BBB! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Still, I want to win this book!

  2. collector1 says:

    New toys are always fun! BBB please — thank you!

  3. cabighorse says:

    Love your blog, want the book BBB

  4. justdeborah2002 says:

    Enjoy the new toys….I would love to win a BBB, thanks

  5. wvhomecanner says:

    Steam Canner info just posted to the Forum :purpleflower:

  6. kelly jo kirby says:

    I could really use this book. I did not get my garden in until early July. I am now swimming in beans, zucchini and corn next week. Please enter me to win the BBB!

  7. lattelady says:

    I would love to win the BBB this month.

  8. ashmmorgan2 says:

    The other day I was gifted with a huge box of tomatoes from a lady down the road who sells produce…and I canned them! It was my first time and it was so much fun and very rewarding! I can’t wait to try it again! BBB Please!!! :woof:

  9. J Satterfield says:

    I would love to win the Ball Blue Book!

  10. muskingumgirl says:

    After helping my dad clean out his attic, garage & outbuilding all summer I saw the title of the post and it brought to mind literally “preserving toys,” that is… keeping those cherished childhood keepsakes of my brother & mine safe from mice & mildew!
    Anyways, can’t wait to learn to can at home and live life more simply with more do it yourself projects. THE BBB WOULD BE A GREAT KICKSTART!!! Thanks!!!

  11. JeannieL says:

    I looks like you guys had a good time… Maybe next year I will be able to attend… :chicken:
    Please enter me for the BBB today…. Thanks!!!

  12. nessastorm says:

    I love canning, new toys help!! (besides my birthday is Sept 9th. who could ask for a better gift) BBB please

  13. dgkritch says:

    BBB Please!
    The retreat looked like so much fun. No way I could make it from the “left coast” though.

  14. DoTson99 says:

    Suzzanne I like to preserve anything I can find, just did a bunch of green beans yesterday, would love to get the ball blue book. Thanks, Bill

  15. cellochick says:

    Ooo! Pick me! Pick me! I’ve just entered the world of canning, and could use the help. BTW – I love your blog!

  16. debg says:

    I just got a steam juicer this summer and a new Presto canner. Love these toys. LOL BBB please

  17. gerryvoland says:

    Ha, I saw the title and wondered why anyone would preserve toys rather than just letting the kids play with them! BBB please!

  18. azladychef says:

    Thanks CB and Suzanne.
    Glad to see that life is slowly getting back to normal for you!

  19. CrystalGB says:

    I would love to have the BBB. ๐Ÿ˜€

  20. Toni says:

    Steam Canners look pretty amazing! I hope you have a lot of fun with it. ๐Ÿ™‚ BBB

  21. cabynfevr says:

    I couldn’t figure out why you’d want to preserve toys!? Duh, major blonde moment!! lol Guess I could use a BBB! :fairy:

  22. Nan916 says:

    I would love to have an Excalibur Dehydrator. Thanks for the chance to win a BBB ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. City Kid in St. Paul says:

    New toys are so EXCITING! A BBB would be really exciting, too!

  24. Landodixy says:

    would LOVE to have a BBB!

  25. Ramona Slocum says:

    I am soooooo enjoying for retreat pics and info. Wish I could have been there. Maybe next year. BBB me please.
    MN Mona

  26. Rosemeri says:

    Please enter me in the BBB. I really would like to own a copy. Thanks

  27. Momof2boysinOK says:

    BBB please!

  28. cricketjett says:

    BBB, please!!

  29. GrammieEarth says:

    BBB please! :sheepjump:

  30. Barbara1241 says:

    BBB Please!!!

  31. Gem says:

    I NEEEEEED a BBB! Please?

  32. melonhead says:

    BBB, pretty please!! :wave:

  33. SonyaW says:

    I would love to win a BBB:) Great day to ya!!!

  34. AmandaLeighB says:

    I’d love the BBB, please! ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. wvgirl826 says:

    I enjoy reading your blog, being a wv girl who know longer lives in the state, it keeps me feeling close to home. I’ve been wanting to learn how to can and would love to win a BBB. Thanks for sharing.

  36. jeana says:

    I thought for sure you were going to give tips on sanitizing baby toys in a pressure canner!! LOL! Your new toys are even better! I’m sure you’ll get lots of use out of them!

    Just wanted to say that you inspire me and that your site is my favorite!! :heart: I think this is the first time I’ve commented, but I intend to become less of a lurker and more of a participator!

    I’d love to win the BBB also!

  37. lavenderblue says:

    I have a pressure canner that I still haven’t gotten up the nerve to use. Oh, I so should have been at that retreat! So I really don’t want to go near a steam canner. By the way, did I miss the post on using a steam canner?

    Anyway, wanting to buy green beans this weekend, I’d better learn pressure canning quick. BBB, please.

  38. AnnieB says:

    I want to play too! BBB please!

  39. beforethedawn says:

    Of course my first thought before reading the post was, why is she canning toys??


  40. farmershae says:

    I need to win a BBB!

  41. HoneyBee says:

    I just wanted to say that I have been following you guys for quite some time, WOW, am I impressed. This is my first post! I am so happy to be here. I hope maybe someone will be able to help me get unafraid of buying my first pressure canner! I have heard some awful stories, now I am scared to death! But I sure would love to learn to use one! (without blowing up my kitchen!!!)BBB

  42. Bonnie S. says:

    I would love to win!

  43. mrsdmahogany says:

    Would that be lovely! BBB please!

    Dianna :chicken:

  44. Kathy in FL says:

    I’ve never heard of a steam canner! How does it work? Please, BBB!

  45. SoIn_FarmGirl says:

    I finally got started canning this year and would LOVE to have a BBB!!!!

  46. mammaleigh says:

    I would love to get a bbb! Thanks!!

  47. Vicki in So. CA says:

    I’m still up for winning that Ball Blue Book – for my daughter. Count me in. Thanks for the continuing opportunities. I still haven’t purchased a pressure canner, but have harvested 116 pounds of tomatoes from my garden so far this year… Canned whole tomatoes, tomato jam, tomato soup, stewed tomatoes… not to mention fresh tomatoes with EVERY meal! I think it’s about time I graduated from my BWB! Maybe next season.

  48. Willamette Valley Girl says:

    I would really use a BBB. My daughter and I are rabid canners. Thanks for the opportunity to win this gift.

  49. Darlene in North GA says:

    Don’t know if this will make it in time or not, but count me in if you can.

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