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.
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.
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.
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.
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 random.org, and then contacted by email after the contest ends.
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.