A while back in one of my posts, I mentioned that someday I plan to learn how to can. Ball, the makers of canning and preserving tools, came across that post and offered to send me a Ball Canning Discovery Kit along with a few other canning tools. My hand has been gently forced. This is the summer I learn to can.

I’m going to participate in National Can-It-Forward Day on Aug. 13, 2011. Ball is teaming up with Canning Across America for the event. They’re hoping to ease the fears of all the people who want to can food but think, “I just don’t know where to begin.”

Since I live in New Jersey, and we have the best tomatoes, Saturday morning I’ll go to the farmers market bright and early and buy a case of organic Roma tomatoes. I’ll be canning whole tomatoes. I’ve decided that for my first effort, I’m going to make it as simple as possible. Canning whole tomatoes will be simpler than making pasta sauce or salsa first.

Ball is offering a lot of help to novice canners on National Can-It-Forward-Day. They will be live streaming the events and demonstrations that happen at Seattle’s Pike Place Market. The canning tomatoes demonstration will take place at noon Pacific Time (that's 3 p.m. EST). If you’re unable to watch the demonstrations live, the videos will remain on Ball’s website to view at your convenience.

I’ll be telling you about my canning success (or failure) once it’s done. Do you plan on participating in National Can-It-Forward Day?

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

National Can-It-Forward Day
Join expert and novices on Saturday, August 13 in preserving summer’s bounty the way our great-grandmothers did.