Ball Blue Book Giveaway


Jars of strawberry syrup and strawberry-lemon marmalade cooling after coming out of the canner.

Check out how I made my strawberry-lemon marmalade here. (Read through the topic to see how I made it this year.) I love canning, and I love being so comfortable with canning now that I can make my own recipes. Canning is like baking bread is like making cheese is like making soap. It’s all about practice. You get better with each attempt. I love food, and I love canning.

This post is all Ball Blue Book giveaway! See my other, regular, post today in Country Living!


Ball Blue BookIt’s a Ball Blue Book Project day! Today’s Ball Blue Book is sponsored by David Bruce and Canning2 at Yahoo Groups. Visit them 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 (March 16). This post will be updated with the winner by 9 a.m. Eastern (U.S.) time tomorrow (March 17). Return to this post to see if you won.

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

UPDATE 03/17/10: The winning comment number (drawn by is Jeanne Gibbons, comment #122. Email me at CITRgiveaways(at) with your address for shipping!



  1. Kelly Gregory says:

    Oh please pick me! I so want to learn how to can everything! I think it is becoming a lost art! BBB Thanks for all you write, I just love your site!!

  2. Blessings says:

    I Love reading your post before going to bed, Yes even at 2am!
    BBB Please,as the season of growing is fast approaching!

  3. Townie Farm Girl says:

    I love canning too and would love the BBB!

  4. natalie says:

    i am new to canning and would love to be entered in the drawing for the BBB! thanks!

  5. Sonia Thames says:

    Can not wait for strawberry picking time! Yum πŸ™‚ Here’s hoping for a BBB win!

  6. Heidi says:

    I just bought a farmhouse with a real basement. I need some good recipes to start stocking it with all of the goodies :eating: that I *hope* will come out of my first garden!

  7. WolfWalker says:

    my grandmother used to can all the time and i really want to try my hand at it this year. would love the BBB

  8. Laura B. in Greenwood,IN says:

    I would love to win a book sometime before our garden starts coming in! BBB

  9. ~ Jackie says:

    I really, really need to update my 1970s copy of the BBB. πŸ™‚

  10. CindyP says:

    BBB please!!! I looked at an old one……oh my! wonderful, wonderful recipes! would love to have a new, up-to-date one of my very own!

  11. Diane says:

    I am going to learn how to can this year. I would love the bbb to learn how.

  12. Sue says:

    Oh, I would love to win the BBB! I just started to get into canning strawberry jam and want to branch out to other things!! :heart:

  13. Connie Trippett says:

    Please put me in for the BBB.

  14. Sandra in SC says:

    Your strawberry syrup and marmalade look great….can’t wait for our local strawberries to come in! Have you ever made blueberry syrup? I’d like to try that this year.

    Would love to be in the BBB drawing.


  15. NorthCountryGirl says:

    Please enter me for the BBB. Thanks.

  16. Erinn says:

    Our family is trying to eat more locally… I’d love to learn how to can! Thanks!

  17. Ashley says:

    Mmm, I can’t wait for strawberry season. Please enter me in the BBB! Love it!

  18. Joy says:

    I love canning too! I would love to share this book with my daughter who just moved to a home with a yard big enough for a garden and I am beginning to get those “Mom…? How do I …” questions already. I know canning will be a point of frequent conversation!! a BBB would help tons! thanx for entering me!

  19. Karen says:

    I can’t wait for canning season! I just opened my last jar of strawberry jam. BBB

  20. Charlotte Wills says:

    Please, count me in the BBB drawing. :sheep:

  21. Rose in VT says:

    I love his blog, and would love even more to win the book! Spring must really be on the way, even here in Vermont! Strawberry Syrup!!! MMMM!

  22. Runningtrails says:

    Preserving foods is so rewarding! I’d love the Blue Ball Book!

  23. Laura says:

    Still hoping to win the BBB

  24. Thunja says:

    I wanna’ make marmalade!!! BBB

  25. Phyllis Looby says:

    Hi Suzanne.
    I really enjoy reading your recipes and have tried a few. A few too many if you look at my waistline! :hungry: LOL! Can’t wait till our strawberries starting coming in so I can try the syrup recipe.
    Please enter me in the draw for the BBB.

  26. BethAnn says:

    I would looooovvvveee a BBB! Thanks suzanne!

  27. annie d. says:

    You’ve inspired me to become more self-sufficent! BBB

  28. Nikki says:

    Oh yes, I’d love a BBB too!

  29. Miss Kitty says:

    Thanks for the opportunity, I’d love to win the Ball Blue Book!

  30. Lisa Cummings says:

    I would love to win the BBB!

  31. Amy Ignaczak says:

    BBB please! Love to can too!

  32. Glenie says:

    I love fixing a meal with things I have canned. BBB

  33. jane says:

    Did you add more lemon peel this time? Pls enter me in the BBB.

  34. Heather from KY says:

    I just signed up at my local county extension office for a beginner’s canning class. I’m intimidated but very excited! BBB please!

  35. Tammy says:

    This is such a great way to share your canning lurve – thanks for offering the opportunity. Fingers crossed for BBB. Tammy

  36. Beverly says:

    Please enter me in the drawing for the BBB. Thanks

  37. Lindsey says:

    ooooo i’d REALLY like to win this! This year will be my 1st attempt at canning, after such a glorious garden season last year (and at was my 1st garden ever!)i was so mad that i didn’t know how to can and vowed i would never let another harvest go by without learning how to can some away for winter, this win would go a long way towards my inspiration and my supplies! :ladybug: BBB

  38. Betty Moore says:

    I start each of my mornings with your daily post. I always look forward to what is happening next in your area or what recipe you have posted. Would love to have the BBB.

  39. AnnMarie Johnson says:

    Here’s hoping today’s the magic day!

  40. nikki says:

    I have done a blueberry lime jam and it was so yummy we ate them all without giving any away!

    BBB please!

  41. Connie Crowl says:

    I canned 13 quarts of pickles this winter from pickling cucumbers that I found in the grocery store and my four kids ate them in less than 2 weeks!. I made my first batch of mozzarella cheese this past weekend and it was fabulous. I would like to be in the drawing for the BBB book. BTW I loved your video of the frisky sheep that thinks she’s a dog.


  42. Marymac says:

    I have started thinking about the up coming canning season too. I know it won’t be long. I would love to win the BBB

  43. Sally says:

    Thank you for all the cool ideas you share. BBB

  44. Jackie C says:

    Please BBB me. My BBB went missing after the move. BTW love Grandmother Bread. :woof:

  45. Brenda says:

    Gotta love annabelle jumping around. I would love the BBB!

  46. Nancy says:

    I would love a copy of BBB! I’ll keep trying!

  47. Maureen says:

    I would love to win it! BBB

  48. Suzanne Irby says:

    I love you site would like the BBB

  49. Darla Jones says:

    I would love to have a copy of the BBB.

  50. Emily says:

    ME! Me! ME! I want a BBB!

  51. Becky from MN says:

    Would love to have a copy of BBB – Then I wouldn’t have to borrow my SIL’s all the time!

  52. margiesbooboo says:

    BBB me please!

  53. Erin D. says:

    Oh, I’d love this book – I’m just now learning how to can so I can save more goodness from the garden. Thanks for the giveaway! BBB

  54. quietstorm says:

    BBB Please!

  55. Natalie C. says:

    I just received a water bath canner from a friend in KY and am going to try my hand at canning this year for the first time…I would love the BBB!!!

  56. rain says:

    how wonderful for you to have strawberries already :snoopy: –the jam looks great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THINK SPRING :sheepjump: :snoopy: BBB

  57. Mary says:

    Would love the book.

  58. Deb says:

    :snoopy: I’ve been wanting to get one of these and a free one would be the best!

  59. StellaLouise says:

    I am going to can this year! If my garden will cooperate. Its much harder to grow decent vegetables in Florida than I thought it would be! I’m used to mid-west bumper crops! I’d love to win the book!

  60. Just Kris says:

    I just finished using up concord grape juice that I froze from last year to make jelly – YUMMY – much better than store bought and I use a less sugar pectin too. Next up is frozen blackberries harvested Summer 2009. I like to make my jams and jellies this time of year because it is still cool outside. Then my kitchen is freed up for all the summer goodies!!
    BBB please – would LOVE and treasure the new one!!!

  61. Melissa says:

    Poor Boomer. BBB!

  62. Brenda Smith says:

    I wasn’t hungry til I looked through this site! Now I’m starved. My hubby bought me a new canner but I need recipes….this book would sure help there! Please. BBB

  63. anne says:

    BBB Please. Thanks.

  64. IowaCowgirl says:

    I would love to win the BBB!

  65. Gini says:

    I just bought my friend Jackie one of these last night for her birthday….but I don’t have my own yet! BBB me please! πŸ™‚

  66. lauren says:

    Thank you for offering this contest!! I love a chance at winning this book so I can can more than strawberry jam. lol BBB thanks Lauren

  67. Cate says:

    Love the video of Annabelle and Jack. She really does think she’s a dog!

    Please enter me into the Ball Blue Book giveaway. Thanks a bunch!

  68. Natalie O. says:

    Still trying to get one of those BBB’s! It’s got to be someone, right? Why not me?

  69. jan~n~tn says:

    Looks SOOOOO Yummy! BBB

  70. karen says:

    I would love to win the Ball BlueBook! I had one that was over 20 years old and well loved. We remodeled our kitchen and the BBB disappeared! I sure do miss it!
    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  71. Hannah says:

    Oh, enter me please! BBB! :snoopy:

  72. Michelle says:

    I have a very old canning book; would be lovely to have a new one!

  73. Rose Thompson says:

    A BBB would make my day!

  74. CrystalGB says:

    I definitely want the BBB. During the past weekend, we planted seeds in a mini green house kit to grow our tomato and pepper plants.

  75. Donna Riddle says:

    I would like the BBB!!! Please enter me.

  76. Chic says:

    Woohohoo another try at that BBB book! That marmalade sounds delicious Suzanne…I’ll have to try making that this summer as we’ve got 75 strawberry plants arriving at the end of April! Please put me in for the BBB…thank you!

  77. Terri Draeger says:

    Throwing my chance in the hat for the BBB canning book–I’ve been canning several years & love it! “Knowledge is Power” – you can’t learn too much about canning!

  78. mamawolf says:

    I really would love to have the BBB so I can continue to can and improve my skills.

    Euni :chef:

  79. Stargirlheuser says:

    BBB! My dad and I are going to try canning this year for the first time!!!

  80. Nancy says:

    …and I love how you inspire me t be a better “farmer lady”! BBB

  81. Michael says:

    Would love it! Currently waiting for a batch of honeybell marmalade to mature… BBB

  82. Amber says:

    I love canning and would LOVE to have a BBB!!!

  83. Amanda says:

    I would love a book! I’ve been looking for one for a long time.

  84. mommafox says:

    We still have snow on the ground, but the visions of a gargen are getting more vivid everyday. Would love to win the BBB and try some new canning recipes. I am going to try some of the lemon-strawberry marmalade on my sugar cookie base. It sounds heavenly.

  85. samantha says:

    Oh how cool!! I have already begun collecting canning jars and lids for this summer, which i hope to be my first time canning. I would love this book!!

  86. Miss Becky says:

    thank you Suzanne & David Bruce for the Ball Blue Book giveaway. Your jars of strawberry are beautiful! There is something so satisfying about canning and one of my favorite parts is admiring my still-warm jars as they cool. I love hearing them ‘pop’ too. Sometimes I just stare at them for awhile because they are so lovely. Thanks for the memories Suzanne, and I would love to be considered for the BBB giveaway! Have a beautiful day :wave:

  87. Evelyn says:

    My goodness! How fortuitous! I just found your blog & you want to give me something I’ve been wanting! I haven’t had a chance to look thru the blog, but I think I’m going to be spending a lot of time here! I have a 50 acre farm in Lebanon, MO. We have cattle, sheep, all sorts of poultry!



  88. Sarah says:

    I LOVE home canned food! This is a great giveaway! πŸ™‚

  89. jojo says:

    Yep…homemade is definately the best. BBB please! :happyfeet:

  90. Mariah says:

    I’d love to win the book! Thanks.

  91. Jenny S. says:

    I LOVE homemade strawberry syrup and yours looks delicious! Please do sign me up for the BBB!

  92. Tracy Jones (aka fullpantry) says:

    I’m just learning to can – water bath canning only to begin with. Pressure canning makes me a little nervous and I don’t have a pressure canner yet, which kinda makes it impossible to get started! So far pear preserves have been hubby’s favorite!

    I would LOVE to be in the drawing for the BBB!! Thanks so much!

  93. Beth says:

    I have an old one from the 70’s, but would like a new one! Yay!

    :purpleflower: :purpleflower: BBB :purpleflower: :purpleflower:

  94. Chicken Annie says:

    You inspire me!!! I am planning LOTS of canning this year (BBB) So please pick me!!

  95. Elle Ross says:

    I have no canning books, yet, and would love for this to be my first!

  96. Linda G says:

    I would love to win the BBB giveaway.

  97. Anke says:

    I can’t wait for the canning season to start and of course the BBB would really come in handy for that.

  98. MousE says:

    I’d like to win a BBB!

    I love this website, Suzanne, thank you.

  99. Nancy Murphy says:

    Found your site from my sister-in-law, love it!!!! BBB

  100. Kim says:

    This is such a neat idea, this BBB giveaway project. How many people are you recruiting to the lifestyle with this? It’s wonderful of you to do it. I’d love to be included, too, I haven’t been able to buy this year’s edition yet… no one has it! πŸ˜€ Thanks so much and keep up the great work on the site and the projects you take on.

  101. Kristen says:

    Please toss my name into the hat.

  102. Lisa says:

    Love your blog! Would love BBB. Building Hooves and Hounds Farm, in Maine.

  103. Kristen says:

    BBB – I’d love to be entered! Thank you! :sheep:

  104. Marla says:

    Strawberry syrup ~ Yum! How about you give away a jar of that! :hungry2: (BBB)

  105. Jennifer says:

    I’d love to win BBB!

  106. Laurent Cyr says:

    Hello! I saw the comment on the Canning blog. Love your site! I would really love the Ball Blue Book!


  107. Lisa says:

    Please enter me πŸ™‚ BBB.

  108. Heather says:

    Please enter my name! I’d love to own a copy of the BBB

  109. Jessica says:

    After expanding our garden this year am really looking forward to a lot of canning! Here’s hoping for the BBB!

  110. Carol in TN says:

    Now that I have mopped the drool off the keyboard after the strawberry coffee cake, please put me in the running for the new BBB …And “Canning” has a “season”? On and off all year here..if possible.

  111. Mavis says:

    I love your site Suzanne! I would love the BBB πŸ™‚

  112. pattyb says:

    Canning is one of my husband’s and I’s new projects we want to try this summer and this is why I would like to win the BBB.
    Thank you,

  113. mirela says:

    BBB! I really hope to learn the art of canning from you! BBB!

  114. Kristi in TN says:

    I would love to be considered for the BBB. I’ve canned a bit in the last few summers, but having just moved to our own tiny, little farm, it seems like a worthy addition to our bookshelves.

  115. Shelley says:

    I would love to win BBB!!

  116. SuzieQ says:

    Would love the BBB book. Going to :fairy: try canning this year.

  117. Sunday Rain says:

    I’d love to learn how to can! BBB

  118. Cheryl LeMay says:

    I have an old edition of BBB from the 70’s. Would should love to be in the drawing so I can update. Thanks.

  119. Jeanne Gibbons says:

    I would love to win the BBB! My Mom and I have a great time canning our local produce!

  120. Linda says:

    I’m so glad you’ve posted instructions for the strawberry/lemon marmalade and I would love a chance to win the Ball Blue Book. Thanks for all the wonderful postings.

  121. Jane says:

    BBB! Thanks for not making us jump through hoops to enter. I appreciate that.

  122. Southern MN Gal says:

    This will only be my second year canning, but I’m so excited! It’s exactly as you say…the more you practice, the more comfortable you feel. I’m hoping to can some meat this year as last year, I only did the basics (green beans, applesauce, apple butter, tomato juice & tomato sauce). I’d love a chance at winning the BBB as I’ve heard so many on the internet refer to it as their “canning Bible”!!

  123. cynthia says:

    I don’t even know how I found your site but I’m happy I did! As a pianist and a fledgling writer, you present wonderful opportunities for me to take a break throughout my day! And as a ‘newbie canner’ I can’t wait to get your book

  124. Carol Campbell says:

    yes yes..wanna make the marmalade….BBB it is!

  125. BrynCalyn says:

    I am just learning how to can and don’t have any books – just what I see off the internet. I would love to have a book! Thank you for the BBB offer!

  126. Rys says:

    Please throw my name in the hat for the BBB.

  127. Marc says:

    It’s making my tummy rumble!

  128. Linda says:

    I have never canned before but would love to try someday. Please enter me to win a BBB. Thanks!

  129. Ann Flora says:

    Me! Me in the purple shirt in the back of the room. Yeah. I want a Ball Blue Book! I want to can! Someday, when we get our country house built. I’ll enjoy reading you til then.

  130. Abiga/Karen says:

    Maybe I will win, thanks.

  131. Shirley says:

    I’d love to be in the Ball Blue Book Giveaway. The strawberry stuff looks yummy.

  132. lavenderblue says:

    How about a BBB for the girl anxiously awaiting her new pressure canner? If you have any love in your heart for Pete and CindyP, you will pick me. Otherwise I will drive them crazy with all kinds of canning questions. And Pete is already probably going bonkers with all the techie questions I have to ask all the time. Have mercy upon them, Suzanne. πŸ˜†

  133. Christa H. says:

    I would love to learn to can.

    BBB please

  134. Janessa says:

    Mmmm the marmalade looks great!! BBB please!

  135. Diane says:

    Oh, Oh, pick me, pick me. I have my hand raised and everything. That strawberry syrup looks so good. I’d like to take up canning and I love the BBB. Give me up.

    The Library Lady
    “Take surprise and delight in the little things”

  136. Stephanie Schiltz says:

    :duck: I tried canning once. I made peach marmelade. It was really delicious, but I ended up throwing out most of it because the jars didn’t seal. I was heart broken! I would love the BBB. Thank you!

  137. Wendy says:

    I just started canning last year, and came across your blog sometime after that. Sometimes, you are the topic of discussion over lunch where I teach! We all race to the computer in the mornings to read your blog before we go to work! I would love to win the BBB. ~Wendy

  138. Brigitte says:

    YUM!!!! I’d love the book!

  139. MMT says:

    Really want to try canning this year. BBB me please!!!

  140. Denise says:

    I love your site!!!!! :snoopy:

  141. Cindy H. says:

    I’ll take a freebie! THANKS!

  142. Denise says:

    I really would like to win the Ball Blue Book too!!!

    BBB :heart:

  143. Barbara W says:

    I love your blog. Love your recipes and farm humor. BBB

  144. Debbie Linkous says:

    I’d love a copy of the BB – it’s my birthday (on the 18th) – it would be a great birthday present! πŸ™‚

  145. DonnaTN says:

    Oh my word! Strawberry lemon marmalade! Be still my heart! BBB please.

  146. Lynne says:

    I would love a copy of the BBB!!! I love to can produce from my own garden!!!

  147. Marcia says:

    Would love to make strawberry jam. My BBB is from a long time ago–please chose me. Strawberries are 3 quarts for $5; perfect time to make a jar or two of jam each week. Have lots of jars, blu canner. and time.

  148. Lanita canup says:

    Oh I would love to be the BBB winner!!! I love the new layout of your blog!It is a must read everyday!

  149. Holly James says:

    I would love the BBB as well. I am very interested in canning my own fruits and veggies as well as making jams and jelly. Its been a while since I’ve canned, by for concerns over what is being put in our food, I am starting to can again. Please pick me for the BBB.


  150. JudeeQT says:

    I just got my first pressure canner.
    I’m using the Ball book from the library right now.
    I’ll have to take is back in 2 more weeks.

  151. Robin Lester says:

    My canning has been hit or miss, but persistence and the Blue Ball canning book might be just what I need! (BBB)


  152. mafong says:

    Nothing is better than fresh jam on fresh baked bread unless it’s fresh jam on biscuits!! Please enter my name in the BBB.

  153. Lawrence R. says:

    Oh, the BBB would be a Greattt tool to help improve my food prepr and garden storage skills. Also, my family would love the receipes and other great items in the BBB.

    Sign me up!


  154. Pam says:

    What a nice site you have. I would like to be entered into the BBB giveaway.

  155. Shar says:

    I’d love to win the ball blue book of course! So here’s my comment and I have to go look for the strawberry lemon marmlade and visit the critters! Have a good evening!

  156. Barbara Wilson says:

    would love to be in the drawing

  157. Mary from Baton Rouge says:

    I would so love the BBB!!!!!

  158. JudeeQT says:

    Forgot to note BBB in my prior post πŸ™‚

  159. Janice says:

    I sure could use a new bbb. I love, love, love reading you blog. Thank you for shareing.

  160. Marianne G says:

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


  161. Selah Olach says:

    please enter me in the BBB!! :sheep: thanks!

  162. Melanie G. says:

    I am new to canning and a BBB would be a great help. Please enter me in the contest for a BBB. Thanks

  163. Melanie G. says:

    Please enter me in the contest. BBB. Thanks.

  164. Debbie in PA says:

    Yes! Pick me! I would love a BBB!

  165. Mesha says:

    I would love to have this. BBB

  166. Teri says:

    liked to be entered – thanks

  167. Chris Lusher says:

    Love your blog! Read it daily. Love to have the bbb. Keep up the good work Suzanne! :heart:

  168. Pat says:

    I would like to win the BBB πŸ™‚

  169. scorwin says:

    I bought a bunch of strawberries today but I don’t know how to can. I’d like to learn. BBB : ))

  170. samanthaincali says:

    Last summer was my first foray into canning. I made salsa with green zebra tomatoes, and my 9 year old has eaten every jar and is on pins and needles waiting for summer tomatoes.

    But I want to lots more canning this year!

  171. Mel Meister says:

    Sign me up for a chance at the BBB! I live in Florida and am ready to can some strawberries!



  172. Dee says:

    Hi…. is there a index that lists all you wonderful recipes. I’m having trouble finding a easy way to access your recipes.


Add Your Thoughts