DIY: 100 Years of “Perfection” Ball Jar Craft

Join the LIVE webcast (hosted by Ball Canning & Recipes) in New York City at Brooklyn Borough Hall (don't forget to enter the giveaway below for a free Ball canning package) Schedule of events, August 16, 2014 10:00am - Pepper Jelly demonstration by Chef Sara featuring the FreshTECH Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker 10:45am - Tips on urban gardening & herb preservation 11:00am - Peach Siracha Jam demonstration by Marisa McClellan of Food in Jars 11:30am - Crafting in Ball jars with staff from Martha Stewart Living 11:45am - Hugh Acheson Preserving and Mixology demonstrations 1:15pm - Special Mixology demonstration with local mixologists 1:30pm - Salsa Verde demonstration by Chef Sarah featuring the FreshTECH Automatic Home Canning System Click below to join! This limited edition jar was sent to me from Ball® Canning & Recipes to commemorate 100 years since the creation of the "Perfection" Jar. I've been asked to create a DIY craft with … More...

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