Ball Blue Book!


Pictured: Honeyed-Yellow Tomato Butter. (DO release air bubbles before sealing jars, but DON’T forget to never put a metal knife in a glass canning jar! Use something made of plastic or wood. Metal may cause imperceptible fractures in the glass that could cause the jar to break while canning.)


Ball Blue BookIt’s a Ball Blue Book Project day! Today’s Ball Blue Book is sponsored by Alton of ShadowWoods in honor of his mother and grandmother, the canning queens. Visit him here.

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 (August 25). This post will be updated with the winner by 9 a.m. Eastern (U.S.) time tomorrow (August 26). Return to this post to claim your book if your name is drawn.

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

UPDATE 08/26/10: The winning comment number, chosen by, is comment #31, Kat. Email me at CITRgiveaways(at) with your full name and address for shipping!



  1. Kathy in KY says:

    Oh, pick me please! BBB – thanks, Suzanne, and Alton.

  2. Melissa says:

    That tomato butter sounds really interesting. I am definitely going to try it. Does it have to be yellow tomatoes? BBB.
    Thank you!

  3. Patty says:

    Oh yay! I was hoping you’d have another giveaway and I’d have another shot. My hubby saw canning supplies were on sale and mentioned them to me, but without the book they’ll just sit and be unused. I figured I’d try to win one before finally buying one of my own. πŸ™‚ Thanks Suzanne and Alton!! BBB!

  4. Grammie Earth says:

    hmmm…I’m curious now. Why should one never put a metal knife in a glass jar?? BBB please!


  5. skippymom says:

    I would like to be entered and thanks for the donation Alton. πŸ™‚

  6. maryann says:

    Pam basically metal objects should not be used because they can scratch the glass. I use chop sticks to stir the jars.

  7. twoturkey says:

    I would like to be picked for the BBB!

    Mrs. Turkey

  8. Suzanne says:

    Oooo, I want one! BBB!!!!

  9. SandyCWV says:

    That Honeyed Yellow Tomato Butter is on my list of canning items – if my yellow tomatoes ever stop being green. I would like to be selected for the BBB. Thanks for the chance!

  10. Julie says:

    I want to know about the metal knife in glass jar too. Please enlighten! BBB please!

  11. Rose H says:

    Please enter me for the draw, thank you.

  12. northcountrygirl says:

    That llooks so good. Please enter me for BBB. Thank you.

  13. debbie says:

    I want it! I do…I do! :yes: BBB

  14. Silvia says:

    Would love to enter for the BBB. Great reference and recipes to choose from.

  15. Denise :) says:

    Count me in, please! BBB :purpleflower:

  16. Spiderjohn says:

    Please enter me for BBB. Thanks

  17. Jessica says:

    Ohh I would love to have one.

  18. Lisa says:

    I would love to be entered! Thank you πŸ™‚ BBB

  19. Rhonda says:

    I would love a BBB! I can’t tell you how many times I have put it on hold and checked it out from the library. lol

  20. Lisa C says:

    Oooo! Ooooo! I want to be entered in the contest! I just bought some canning jars and am looking for a second-hand canner. We are starting our journey to become more self sufficient with a garden and a small flock of chickens. I love your blog!! It’s the first one I read every morning.


  21. Lisa C says:

    Looks like I forgot to put BBB in my post. Please enter me in the contest.

  22. Dee says:

    Beautiful! Enter me for BBB.

  23. Amy says:

    BBB please, I have muscadine grapes awaiting my canning pot!

  24. Becky says:

    I would like to win the Book!!!! I have started collecting cookbook and this is just what I need!!!!
    will be heading over to visit alton as soon as I finish here!!!!

    my coffee is on…and time to relax while I visit here and there on the web!

  25. Langela says:

    Would love a copy! BBB. Thanks for the giveaway.

  26. Christine says:

    I would luv a BBB!

  27. leavesofthefall says:


  28. Deni says:

    BBB would sure help me alot!

  29. Connie says:

    I’d love to win it!

  30. Jenny says:

    I’d love to be the one to win this great book!

  31. Betty says:

    Love your blog. Read it daily. BBB.

  32. K Allen says:

    BBB me please!

  33. ladybird_1959 says:

    I’d love to win the Blue Ball Book, all I ever win are Nascar tickets! My husband and I just spent the weekend at Bristol and had a great time! I’d rather have the BBB, it will last forever! Thanks for the donation. BBB

  34. Rebecca says:

    Battling the chipmunks for my tomato crop, but I intend to win. This looks like a great recipe to try. I would love to win! BBB

  35. Linda C. says:

    I have pears waiting in my kitchen. A BBB would come in very handy

  36. Meagan says:

    Oh I could really use this book. As nice as the Internet is, having one definite source of canning knowledge would be wonderful. BBB

  37. beth Brown says:

    Yep – learned about using metal utensils the hard way LOL!!! Picking up peppers today – will be making the italian peppers in tomato sauce tonight!!

    Please include me in the BBB!

    Beth aka oneoldgoat

  38. Annette Y. says:

    I still remember my grandma canning all her fruits & veggies out on the back porch. She had a special room all set up for canning & storage. I still remember the smells of her “fresh from the garden” cooking. Maybe I can make some memories for my own child. Please include me in the drawing as I will need all the help I can get!

  39. ladychef says:

    Thanks to Alton of ShadowWoods for the chance to win. What a great tribute to the important women in your life!

  40. Dorothy says:

    :fairy: Ooooh! Pick me! Pick me! BBB please!

  41. Rys says:

    Hope springs eternal! Please ad me to the BBB drawing.

  42. yvette says:

    I’ve been following you blog for a couple of weeks and just love your lifestyle.Honeyed yellow tomato butter sounds yummy.Thanks for sharing!Yvette x BBB

  43. Nikki says:

    Just made salsa and habanero gold jelly!! yum BBB please

  44. TeresaJM says:

    Hi I have a Blue Ball book, “revised edition 29” from 1980’s? Still serves me very well, but would be great to have a newer edition to complement this one.

    Thanks and BBB please!

  45. Glenie says:

    Love canning – BBB.

  46. Amy Cook in WI says:

    BBB would be great!!!

  47. Teri says:

    would love to win a BBB!

  48. Gini says:

    Thank you, Alton! Much love to your mom and grandma. BBB

  49. Linda T. says:

    I would love a BBB. Thanks to Suzanne and Alton.

  50. Denise says:

    BBB please πŸ™‚

  51. Cyndi B says:

    I’d like a BBB!

    That tomato butter looks fantastic!

  52. Mim says:

    count me in for the drawing

  53. Laurent Cyr says:


    They don’t seem to sell the Ball Blue Book in my area, so I would love to get one!



  54. Marianne G says:

    BBB time again? Count me in!

  55. pdelainey says:

    BBB please :clover:

  56. CrystalGB says:

    I would love to have the BBB.

  57. Luann says:

    BBB please….and boy that butter looks yummy! :cowsleep:

  58. Michelle says:

    Yes! Please enter me for a BBB!

  59. Kerrie says:

    I would love the Ball book…I’m just starting to expand my canning from all things water-bath to pressure canning and would love the expertise of this book. I actually went to buy it recently and it was sold out. Please enter me! BBB

  60. bonita says:

    yes, please A BBB would be most welcome, here!

  61. sherry says:

    BBB please! I have a bag of Hatch chiles that need to be used up – help!

  62. Janet Brown says:

    Gramma canned, Mom canned, I can and now my daughter cans. BBB

  63. claudia w says:

    You got my mouth watering over that Honeyed-Yellow Tomato Butter.
    Still would love to have the BBB. Thanks for the opportunity!

  64. suzanne says:

    Mom canned all the time and everything, we used to say if we stood still long enough we would end up in a jar. One of my sisters got her canning books so now I need the BBB.

  65. Martha says:

    I have canning jars waiting to be used in the pantry. I would love to be the winner of the BBB!

  66. Ruth C says:

    BBB! I hope to get to start canning soon!

  67. Beth says:

    I have one from the 70s, but I’d like to get one for my daughter. We are taking canning classes together through our Ohio State University Extension office! It’s so much fun! :happyflower: BBB

  68. Su says:

    That looks SOO good!!

    Yes, please, BBB! :moo:

  69. Caitlin Simms says:

    BBB! I canned for the first time last night. My sis-in-law and I canned peach pie filling! Yum!

  70. Mell says:

    I would love the BBB πŸ˜€ now I just have to remember to come back & check.

  71. Miss Becky says:

    Well, isn’t this timely? I got up extra early this morning because I had planned on freezing my bounty of garden green beans. I wanted to refresh my memory for scalding time so I reached up into my cookbook cupboard to retrieve my old copy of Ball Blue Book and while doing so I thought of you Suzanne, and this project. My copy is falling apart, and the price of 35 cents is printed on the cover. But, it still works just fine, taped together at the seams. A new one would be nice though…BBB!

  72. Amanda says:

    Please a BBB this time!

  73. Merlin says:

    Oh I hope the third time’s the charm to try to win! :shimmy: BBB preeeeeety pleeeeeease? :yes:

  74. generalyak says:

    Would love to win

  75. Susan W. says:

    Tomato butter? That sounds exciting. I’d love to try it. BBB

  76. Victoria Sturdevant says:

    I’d love a copy of BBB! Off to can green beans today!

  77. Mamamalama says:

    BBB please! Thank you!

  78. The Library Lady says:

    BBB. Do you have a recipe for a tomato butter that would be savory? Interesting. BBB

    The Library Lady

  79. BrendaE says:

    Would love a BBB – paleeeeez pick me.

  80. John says:

    My wife asked me to win her a BBB… which helps me, too.

  81. Melanie says:

    I would love the BBB, please.

  82. Amy I. says:

    BBB Please, would be perfect timing! Canning season is here.

  83. Raeann says:

    I never knew about the metal knife in the canning jar after all these years of canning!BBB please!

  84. Jen says:

    Oh boy, I would love to win. Thanks for the chance! (BBB)

  85. marymac says:

    always learning something new. I thought the metal was supposed to help keep a jar from breaking, who knew. BBB

  86. April says:

    :snoopy: I would love to have a book like this. Our garden is producing a ton of tomatoes and I really need to learn how to can them properly. My son is at Navy Bootcamp. I have been following your son’s adventures. Congrats to Ross for graduating! We are looking forward to our son doing the same. BBB please!

  87. Jamie Dome says:

    The tomato butter looks heavenly. My grandma and I were talking about this the other day and she said I could have her recipe if she could remember it! Oh well look like I might get that recipe anyways! BBB please!

  88. Drucillajoy says:

    I’d love to have a new Ball Blue Book…BBB ~ please & thank you

  89. joykenn says:

    Wow! what a lot of posts! I’d also like to be in the drawing for a BBB. Forgive my ignorance but do you use this on toast in the morning? I’ve never had tomato butter. I know tomatoes are a fruit but I never thought of making a jam out of them. (Actually if there are any uneaten green tomatoes we always fried them–yummy. Ripe tomatoes were either canned or frozen with basil to have a fresh tomato sauce in the winter.)

  90. Kathy G. says:

    The Honeyed-Yellow Tomato Butter looks delicious! BBB, please.

  91. Susan M. says:

    Oh wow ! I am a city girl who loves canning,but really need some help. Would sure love to have some sort of guide so that I dont get that nonverbal comment on my husband’s and sons’ faces that says ” What is THAT?” (Gotta admit… sometimes, I wonder myself..) Help!!!! BBB !!!!

  92. Terri Draeger says:

    A BBB would be very much used and appreciated in our home — just as this forum is!

  93. Celeste says:

    Neat, thanks for the metal knife tip! BBB please :duck:

  94. Grammie Earth says:

    Thanks ladies! I have done some canning throughout the years, but never to the extent of my mom or grammie. I guess that’s the reason they always used a wooden spoon even though they never told me there was a reason behind it! I love my wooden ‘paddle, spoon, spatula’ and I use it more than any other kitchen tool.

    WHEW! Guess I didn’t break any unknown rules! πŸ˜†


  95. Patsy Melton says:

    pretty please BBB….

  96. ayenbe says:

    BBB, please, oh please!!!

  97. Mafong says:

    I would love to have a BBB

  98. Deb says:

    Pick me! Pick me! :woof: As a very novice canner, I’d love to have the BBB!

  99. Barbara says:

    I do need this. I need it very much. Thank you for offering a chance to get it!

  100. tempestsans says:

    Daughter Katie and I would love to make this lovely honeyed tomato butter! hope we are chosen for the BBB!

  101. Stephanie B says:

    Don’t put metal in a glass canning jar? What an interesting tip. BBB please.

    Thank you πŸ™‚

  102. Kathryn says:

    My birthday’s on Saturday and BBB would be a wonderful birthday present. :snoopy:

  103. Jan says:

    Would love to have the BBB, canning season is here!


  104. Beth says:

    If you ever come to Buckhannon, stop by our quilt shop! I think you need to be quilting this winter!

  105. farmershae says:

    Would love a BBB!!! :sheep:

  106. Peggy says:

    My Ball Blue Book is falling apart!!!! I guess my Mother and I have used it too much. Oh yes and last year my Dad also used the book. So please add me to the BBB drawing.

  107. momof3nOK says:

    I have never canned anything in my life before, but soon, I will be putting up a huge mess of Blackberries that invaded my back yard. This is the first year I had time to pick them and look forward to the jam. Yum Yum. Love your site, and please enter me int the contest. BBB

  108. mommafox says:

    Can’t seem to lay my hands on a BBB in any stores around here, so maybe tne stars are lining up for me to win one, Thanks to Alton and Suzanne!!

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