A handy tool kit for making preserves & a giveaway from Bernardin

home canning tool kit

Bernardin sells this home canning tool kit (available on Amazon). You may have walked right by it in the canning aisle of your grocery store without realizing its value. Actually, I think it’s the most useful kit I’ve ever purchased, which is why I wanted to share it with you. I am in love with this home canning tool kit because it’s simple but takes all the worries and the headaches out of canning and preserving. I love it so much, I partnered with Bernardin to give away this favourite tool kit of mine and a set of 12 decorative mason jars. Here’s exactly what’s in the kit and why you want it.

Wide-mouth funnel

This funnel is designed to fit most mason jars, allowing you to cleanly divvy up your homemade jams and pickles, without making a mess. The funnel is made from  a non-reactive plastic (unlike older canning funnels which were made of metal, and sometimes even aluminum) so it won’t mess with the flavour or the quality of your preserves.

Bubble remover/headspace gauge

Air bubbles are a big no-no in canning, and this plastic stirrer is great for helping you swirl and push out any of those pesky air pockets that might have formed as you filled your jars. The opposite end is a handy measuring tool allowing you to properly verify the headspace over your preserves to make sure you have enough, but not too much air space in your jars.

Magnetic wand

I think this might be my favourite part of the kit because I used to have a hell of a time trying to get the sterilized snap lids out of their water bath without scratching the seal strip with my tongs (or even worse, a fork). It’s important not to scratch that seal strip on the underside of the snap lids, and this magnetic wand allows you to literally pick up the lids, one at a time, easily and without any risk of scratching. Plus, magnets are cool.

Jar lifter

When I first started making jams at home, by far the worst, most daunting part of the process was trying to get the sterilized, processed, boiling hot jars out of the big pot of water. My tongs are too flimsy and slippery for this task, so often times, I used to have to plunge my hands, protected by a pair of kitchen gloves, into the hot water bath trying to get the jars out. It was ridiculously dangerous. Let me tell you, the jar lifter is a much more appropriate tool for this task.

So, as you can see, the tool kit is very simple, but each piece serves a purpose and I can vouch for how useful this kit is and how much easier it makes life to have it on hand.
4 tools for easier home canning

Now for the good part | the giveaway!

To win this Bernardin home canning tool kit and a set of 12 decorative mason jars, simply leave me a comment below, telling me what is your favourite preserve or what preserves you plan on making this summer. For a bonus entry, pin an image from this post and leave me another comment with the link to the pin. Entries must be posted by Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST and one winner will be chosen at random*.

*Sorry, limited to Canadian readers only. No purchase necessary. Winner will be chosen randomly via, and then contacted by email after the contest ends.

If you don’t win, you can always easily purchase the canning kit (Amazon) and the mason jars (Amazon). They are well worth it!

Please note the giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Mélodie K., and thanks to everyone for participating!

Disclosure: I purchased this canning kit myself, and I loved it so much that I wanted to feature it. I arranged with Bernardin to host this giveaway. 

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28 Responses to A handy tool kit for making preserves & a giveaway from Bernardin

  1. Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers July 2, 2014 at 1:24 pm #

    My favourite is Peach Orange Marmalade. Not as tart as marmalade. Perfect on toast!

  2. Melodie July 2, 2014 at 1:59 pm #

    I want to try fig + earl grey. They are my favourite flavours, but I have no idea if they’d be good together.

  3. Melodie July 2, 2014 at 2:00 pm # 🙂

  4. Asiya @ Chocolate & Chillies July 2, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

    Strawberry Jam!

  5. Jason July 2, 2014 at 2:33 pm #

    Yuzu and mint!

  6. Erika July 2, 2014 at 2:39 pm #

    My favorite is anything my mom makes- probably apricot gooseberry jam is what I eat the most. 🙂

  7. ceecee July 2, 2014 at 3:10 pm #

    Raspberry Lime jam!

  8. Andie July 3, 2014 at 1:42 am #

    My favorite one is mixed berries (raspberry, blueberry, strawberry). And I intend to add goji berry and mint.

  9. Katie C July 3, 2014 at 11:48 am #

    I can’t get enough of homemade/homegrown strawberry jam! My ex’s mother made the absolute best. That’s probably the only thing I miss from that relationship! hehe!

  10. Laureen Fox July 3, 2014 at 1:05 pm #

    My dad has a huge wild chokecherry tree beside his place. In September, me and my sister get together at his place to make chokecherry jam.

  11. Angie @ fridaycakenight July 3, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

    I’ll be making cherry jam. My favorite!

  12. Christian July 3, 2014 at 4:27 pm #

    Moi, c’est des cornichons que je veux essayer cette année. Je sais, je sais, je peux les acheter à l’épicerie… Mais les faire moi-même, avec la recette de ma mère, un bonheur !!!

  13. Alex July 3, 2014 at 4:30 pm #

    I’m going to begin my preserving journey this fall, so there will be several things to try. I do want to make some salsa for sure

  14. Colleen July 3, 2014 at 6:07 pm #

    I love making pear sauce – simple and delish: pears + nutmeg. That’s it. And it’s magical!

  15. Mark V July 3, 2014 at 8:43 pm #

    my favorites perseve was this grape wine jelly a friend once gave me ive never been able to replicate it

  16. Madeleine July 4, 2014 at 12:21 am #

    I’ll be making hot pepper jelly with peppers from the community garden.

  17. Brenda Penton July 4, 2014 at 7:35 am #

    My favourite preserve is partridgeberry jam. I am hoping to make some this summer.

  18. Nadia July 5, 2014 at 5:28 pm #

    My family enjoys when I make strawberry, rhubarb and cinnamon jam.

  19. RANDI COOK July 5, 2014 at 11:54 pm #

    My favorite is raspberry.

  20. RANDI COOK July 5, 2014 at 11:56 pm #

    Here is a link to my pin.

  21. Temi July 6, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

    I quite like Strawberry jam, but I would try to make some sort of Sriracha jam. That’s got to exist right?!

  22. Lillian T July 8, 2014 at 10:29 am #

    I would like to try making a strawberry jam preserve. I’ve never canned before so this would be a great start.

  23. Anja December 10, 2016 at 2:31 am #

    Janice, such a great idea to add techniques to your blog! I didn’t even know all of these tools even existed. I always get my hands burned when canning :/
    Use Your Noodles


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