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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Swappable Spotlight - Mulled Wine Jelly and a Ball Starter Kit Giveaway!

Editor's note:  In November, we filmed a segment for CBS Sunday morning about the relevance of canning to young, urban professionals.  They say it will run eventually (we'll keep you posted on the dates), but in the meantime, the PR people at Ball generously offered a complimentary canning starter kit to give away on our blog.  Keep reading to find out how to win it and a few yummy foods you can preserve with it!

For those of you who weren't at January's food swap (you can find the recap here), the theme for the afternoon was booze preserves.  Two crafty food swappers brought alcohol based jams and jellies to exchange.  The liquor theme is appropriate at this time of year when the fresh fruits and vegetables of summer are merely a memory. 

The first jam was Rachael's creation with apricot and whiskey .  Clearly the stronger (booze-wise) of the two, its fruity side reminded me of the late summer season that is now a distant memory.  The second jam was Andrea's Mulled Wine Jelly.  This one was spicy, mellow, and full of easy-to-find winter ingredients.  To celebrate the collective brilliance of our fellow swappers, we're giving you Andrea's yummy recipe now (stay tuned for Rachael's contribution) to try and giving away a Ball Brand Home Canning Discovery Kit to one lucky novice canner.

Andrea's Mulled Wine Jam

  • 4 cups of red wine (Andrea used Shiraz, but any strong-bodied red wine will do, nothing too fancy) 
  • Peel from 1 orange
  • 10 cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cardamon pod opened
  • 3 star anise
  • Some whole allspice
  • Juice from 1 orange
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 c. apple or grape juice
  • 4T. Ball RealFruit™ Low or No-Sugar Needed Pectin
  • 1 1/4 c. sugar (more or less depending on the preferred sweetness and the dryness of the wine)
  1. Sterilize and prepare your Ball Preserving jars (if you are unsure of how to do all of the canning stuff safely, follow the instructions you find in the Home Canning Discovery Kit, the Ball Blue Book, or the instructions at the Ball website.)
  2. In a medium sized pot, add (either directly, or in a sachet that is then easy to remove) the orange peel and spices to the wine.  Bring almost to a boil. Take off of the heat. 
  3. Steep wine with the spices for two hours.  Remove the spices by taking out the sachet, or filtering the wine. 
  4. Add the juices and pectin
  5. Bring mixture to a hard boil for about a minute
  6. Add sugar to the mixture and bring to hard boil for two more minutes, stirring constantly
  7. Andrea wanted to warn us not to boil the mixture any longer than that for fear that the alcohol would boil off (we wouldn't want that!)
  8. Fill the jars with the jelly mixture 
  9. Process jars in a hot water bath for 10 minutes.
  10. Cool and check for a good seal
  11. Serve and enjoy!
 As for your very first canning adventure (which will get you geared up for summer!)...

Here's how to enter (one chance for each of these activities for a total of four possible chances):
And a few rules:
  • Only those in the United States and Canada are eligible to win (sorry, but we're shipping the kit ourselves and learned this the hard way).
  • When commenting, please include a way to contact you for your mailing address. For instance, link your comment a website that contains your email address or include your email in your comment.
  • All tweets, likes, newsletter subscriptions, and comments must be received by Friday, February 3rd at 11:59 EST. After that, we will use Random.org to choose the winner.
  • If the winner does not respond to email requests for their address within one week, we reserve the right to choose another winner.


  1. I would can applesauce. We make it all the time, but haven't tried to can it.

  2. I tweeted as @Random Recycling.

  3. I tweeted! https://twitter.com/#!/nella22/statuses/163630176415129600

  4. I would love to make the strawberry margarita preserves.
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  5. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/GoddessFoodie/status/163633201347178497

    cereza25 at yahoo dot com

  6. I would love to make the Ginger Pear Preserves. I'm only slightly obsessed with that flavor combo right now...

  7. Tweeted!


  8. I tweeted!

  9. I would can cranberry sauce, or cranberry ketchup.

  10. I so want to try the green tomatillo salsa!

  11. Signed up for the newsletter :)

  12. I would try the balsamic vinegar strawberry jam lilsis_75@hotmail.com

  13. I liked both of you on face book lilsis_75@hotmail.com

  14. I would love to make the Peach Rum Sauce! I'm up for pretty much anything with a bit of rum in it :)

  15. I'm already signed up for the newsletter, does that still count?

  16. I tweeted!

  17. Roasted red pepper spread sounds delicious!