As I container garden in addition to having a outdoor garden, fresh herbs are something I keep at hand year-round, but not all will make it into my kitchen garden. For example, as dill grows so well in our regular garden and is easily dried or frozen, I harvest large volumes of it in the fall for canning pickles and to preserve to use for meals, sides and soups throughout the colder months.
- The Ball® Fresh Herb Keeper is designed to keep herbs fresh for use for up to two weeks by keeping stems and roots in water to help retain their flavor and texture. I like the slim design of the case and the ease of opening the swing cradle for easy access to the herbs.
- The Ball® Dry Herb Jars are designed to store dried herbs in a stack-able, low-profile container that seals in freshness and keeps moisture out. I love the shaker caps and the removable labels that make it convenient for easy re-use.
- The Ball® 5-Blade Herb Scissors are my new favorite go-to! They virtually eliminate the need to chop herbs with a five blade system that slices dill, basil, parsley, and all your other favorites quickly and evenly. It also comes with a blade cover that has a slotted end to clean the scissor blades.
- The Ball® Frozen Herb Starters make freezer preservation fun and easy with flexible, BPA free, silicone trays. The included recipe guide offers plenty of ideas for general herb storage and other uses including creating gourmet ice cubes or soup starters.
Herb gathering and storage time is one of my favorite times of year – the scents in my garden and kitchen are truly amazing! – but I’m even more enthusiastic this year with all these cool new tools to use!
Do you have favorite herbs you preserve in the late summer months? Or are you thinking about starting your first batch?
Be sure to stop back on August 16 to join us as Jarden Home Brands will host this year’s first ever International Can-It-Forward Day with special guest, renowned chef and Bravo’s Top Chef judge, Hugh Acheson!
In addition to the canning demos, there will also be segments on crafting, herb gardening and the brand’s new drink-ware line. You’ll also want to be sure to tune in to the attempt to capture a Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Mason Jar Mosaic, which should be super fun to see!
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