Struckleberry Jam + Can-It-Forward {GIVEAWAY}

by Holly on August 14, 2013

Homemade Struckleberry Jam #Recipe from

Have you ever canned? One of my favorite cooking memories from my childhood is of making strawberry jam with my mom. It was hit and miss and wasn’t something we did each season, but it was always fun. As far as I’m concerned canning is the most elusive cooking prospect and the most magical.

999171_548110601903600_1967485555_nJam also happens to be the ONLY thing I’ve ever canned. Why? Because there is just SO MUCH to learn about canning! That is why I was thrilled when Ball® Fresh Preserving recently contacted me and asked if I would like to help spread the word about their upcoming LIVE broadcast from NYC this Saturday, August 17th for National Can-It-Forward Day.

Would I? You bet I would. In fact, you could pretty much say that my kitchen is decorated in Ball. Seriously. (Just look at my window sill ledge below! And those are only the jars not stashed up on ledges!) I’m ridiculously excited to watch the broadcast on Saturday and learn about canning and home preserving. This could be the year I branch out from my jam making escapades. Though I’ll never stop my jam making escapades. It’s too much fun.

The National Can-It-Forward Day webcast will begin at 10am EST on August 17th live from Union Square Greenmarket in NYC.   You can participate in the live webcast of canning demos and ask questions that will be answered in real-time! There will also be additional giveaways from the Ball brand offered for those who are tuned in. Viewers can also participate via Twitter using the hashtag #canitforward .

Remember, you can also find the Ball brand here on FacebookTwitterPinterest and their online

Struckleberry Jam from

When we went on our vacation to Idaho I was lucky enough to bring back some fresh huckleberries which are my husband’s favorite! I decided to make some of the berries into jam. At one of our favorite restaurants in the Far North we had a ‘Struckleberry’ smoothie. It was frozen yogurt, strawberries and huckleberries. And we loved it, so I decided that using some strawberries to complement and help stretch those hucks would be a good idea. It definitely was as this jam is insanely good. It’s a bit on the spoon worthy, spreadable side, but that is fine by us. If you can’t find huckleberries (since they are tough to find, though in season right now (briefly!) then you could use blueberries instead – small wild ones preferably).


This jam is fabulous on whatever you want to use it on, but if you feel like seeing me make these Individual Dutch Baby Pancakes on live TV today on KSL Studio 5, well, the jam is pretty fantastic on these as well (or on crepes… or french toast… or biscuits…  or on a spoon… –> I think you get the idea!) Once the broadcast is over I’ll update this post with the link to the recipe!


The nice folks at Ball sent me some goodies to use with my canning projects, including some of their blue heritage jars (of which I’ve also already bought at least 3 boxes! I can’t help myself!). Among those goodies they sent over were their Canning Discovery Kit as well as the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving! I’m so excited to be able to offer a GIVEAWAY of those same fabulous items!

Below are the items that will be included in this giveaway (US residents only, please):

  • The Ball Canning Discovery Kit
  • The Ball Blue Book Guide To Preserving
  • One coupon for a free case of Ball brand canning jars

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You can  find the Ball brand  on FacebookTwitterPinterest and their online retailer Remember, you can watch National Can-It-Forward Day this Saturday, August 17th from the live webcast on! Viewers can also participate via Twitter using the hashtag #canitforward and following @BallCanning.

Struckleberry Jam collage from

Disclaimer: I received product from Ball Fresh Preserving and no other compensation. My opinions are 100% my own as always.

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Margot C August 14, 2013 at 9:42 am

I used to can with my mother; I would like to try to reproduce her famous mango chutney.

Brianna August 14, 2013 at 9:45 am

AHHH Nothing like a good ole homemade jam…or anything canned for that matter!


Paula August 14, 2013 at 11:58 am

I’ve just been getting into canning this summer! I love homemade jam!

john hutchens August 14, 2013 at 12:27 pm

I would like to learn which foods I should use a pressure canner for and which I can use just the hot water bath

Jeffrey August 14, 2013 at 1:55 pm

I’m new to canning, only in my second season. I would like to know how to do it without making such a catastrophe out of the kitchen!

April Wilcox August 14, 2013 at 1:59 pm

I saw you on Studio 5 this morning. I would LOVE to learn how to can so I can have more food storage for my large family! And those pancakes looked amazing! 🙂

Laura August 14, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Oooo I’m going to have to start canning with my boys! This is a delicious jam to start with 🙂

Natasha August 14, 2013 at 5:03 pm

I have been wanting to try canning for a long time but have always been nervous. This would be great! I would probably start with a strawberry jam!

Ella August 14, 2013 at 5:30 pm

I’d like to learn how to do it without a huge amount of extra equipment.

Ilona t August 14, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Would love to learn how to can

Betty August 14, 2013 at 8:03 pm

I’d love to learn more about pressure canning. That jam looks great! I love the fruit combination. 🙂

Jodi Monroy August 14, 2013 at 11:49 pm

I’d like to learn how to make a non-vinegary salsa!

Katie August 15, 2013 at 6:15 am

I have never canned before but with all the nice summer fruits would love to make my own jelly and jam.

danielle August 15, 2013 at 6:28 am

I need to learn it all!

Merrilee August 15, 2013 at 8:11 am

One of my favorite summer tasks is making zucchini relish with my big sister. We share the veggies, the work, and the results! I haven’t made any jellies/jams lately but this looks fab!

Debra Cummings August 15, 2013 at 8:40 am

I just started my adventure with canning jams!! They have turned out wonderful and my family and friends seem to enjoy them as well. I just canned some fresh pears for the first time!
I would love to learn more about canning fresh fruits since I have 2 little ones.
So excited about learning all I can!

Adelina Priddis August 15, 2013 at 8:57 am

oh gosh, so much! I love canning, but just kind of do the research as I can. It would be nice to have a handy guide I could hang in my kitchen with times and/or temps for canning different foods.

Robin Mills August 15, 2013 at 12:49 pm

There are so many things I would like to learn! My mom canned and I am now married and would like to can some fruit and other items for you future family. I would also like to make some jam!

Blessie Nelson August 15, 2013 at 2:26 pm

i would like to learn to can for a long shelf life! i don’t want to see my canned foods going waste.

libby August 15, 2013 at 6:07 pm

How to make jams and jelly

Katrina August 15, 2013 at 11:49 pm

Love the name struckleberry.
I know next to nothing about canning. Horrible and so wrong. I would love to learning anything.

Noreen August 18, 2013 at 1:02 am

I can with my mom as a kid but want to learn hi to do in my kitchen

melissa@IWasBornToCook August 18, 2013 at 4:39 pm

start me at the basics!

Jeanette M C August 18, 2013 at 8:37 pm

I’m going to do some canning for the first time tomorrow. Peach Jam!!

Cynthia r August 19, 2013 at 7:26 am

I need to know the basics! Mostly..the way to do it so I won’t make everyone sick! 🙂

Cristi August 20, 2013 at 11:42 am

I need to learned EVERYTHING! I would love to make my own jams and preserves!

Elizabeth B August 20, 2013 at 12:09 pm

I know nothing, but would like to learn… so everything? 🙂 I remember my parents having a hard time getting their jars to pop every time, so I would definitely want to learn more about correct temps for jarring different foods and getting a good seal.

Kathleen August 22, 2013 at 12:19 pm

I’m kind of new to canning so this would be a great giveaway to win. =)

Megan's Cookin' August 28, 2013 at 6:02 pm

I love Dutch Babies and they look terrific with that jam. I would like to learn to use a pressure cooker to preserve jam and butters.

Si August 28, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Great giveaway! I’m still hoping to get some canning done in September! This jam looks wonderful. I have one itty bitty jar of huckleberry jam Im hoarding that my daughter brought back from west yellowstone. Love it!

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