Giveaway – Ball FreshTECH Jam & Jelly Maker, and more.

| June 18, 2014 | 99 Comments

Taste of Southerns Biggest Giveaway yet, the Ball FreshTECH Jam & Jelly Maker, plus more.
Giveaway Has Ended: We’re giving away three great prizes in our biggest Giveaway ever, here on Taste of Southern. We’ll have 3 lucky winners, and one of them could be YOU. You can’t win if you don’t enter, so answer our simple question for your chance to win one of our prizes. Contest ended at midnight, June 14, 2014.

Congratulations to all of our WINNERS. 

Thank You to everyone that entered our Giveaway.

I really enjoyed reading your answers and appreciate you taking the time to enter. I’m just sorry we couldn’t give prizes to everyone that answered the question. Maybe one day.

Winners were selected totally at random, using the random number generator service of There was no right or wrong answer to our question.

Congratulations again to our winners. We hope you enjoy your gifts.

Thank You again to everyone that participated. We hope to have another Big Giveaway, coming soon.


Taste of Southern Giveaway, first prize.
First Prize: The fabulous Ball FreshTECH Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker.

You’ve had the chance to read our Review of this little machine, now you can have one of your very own to use in your kitchen. Perfect for the beginner, perfect for the experienced home canner. Make delicious Jams and Jellies, using locally grown fruits, all season long. You’ll love how easy it is to operate, and no more standing over a hot stove in the kitchen. Perfect for making small batches of your favorites. We’re giving away one Jam & Jelly Maker, to one lucky winner. I hope it’s YOU.

For Additional Information On This Item: Click HERE

For my review of this item: Click HERE



Taste of Southern Giveaway, 2nd Prize.
2nd Prize: Ball recently introduced it’s Heritage Collection of canning jars. We’re giving away a set of 6 Quart Jars, complete with Bands and Lids. From their 2014 Limited Edition Collection, you’ll find plenty of uses for these beautiful jars. Great collectors items, great for sharing your bounty with family and friends. We’re giving away one case of six, to one lucky winner.

For Additional Information On This Item: Click HERE



Taste of Southern Giveaway, 3rd Prize.
3rd Prize: New in 2014, the Ball® Design Series jar lids are available in a bright, metallic blue or green to enhance your canning creations! These BPA-free mason jar lids are perfect for home canning – or any unique gift and décor. Made in America to fit regular mouth jars. We’re giving away a special pack of the GREEN Lids with Bands, set of 6, to one lucky winner.

For Additional Information On This Item: Click HERE

This Giveaway Has Ended!


Just leave the answer to this simple question, in the COMMENTS Section below. There is no right or wrong answer. One winner will be chosen at random using the random number generator at You must read and follow all the rules listed below in order to win. No purchase necessary.

Just answer this question, in the Comment Section below:

What will you make first in the Ball FreshTECH Jam & Jelly Maker, if you win?

Ball has many specialized recipes online that are designed for the Jam & Jelly Maker, you can view them here: RECIPES

You just gotta have a few rules, here are ours.

You must be over 18 to enter.
Only one entry per person, duplicate entries will be deleted.
Open to the 48 contiguous states, with sincere apologies to our International readers.
Entries must be made before midnight, June 14, 2014, Eastern.
Comments do not post immediately, but will appear as soon as possible.
You MUST come back to see if you won, and to claim your prize.

There is no right or wrong answer, winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator service.
Claim your prize by using our direct Email, before midnight, June 18, 2014.

We will need your Name and Address information in order to ship your prize to you. The Jam & Jelly Maker will ship direct from Taste of Southern. Jars, Bands, and Lids may ship from the Ball Fresh Preserving store and we may need to share your shipping address with them. Decisions of Taste of Southern are final. If you fail to come back and claim your prize in the allotted time, you forfeit the prize and we reserve the right to offer it again in another giveaway, or to another entrant.

By answering our question in the comment section below, you agree that you have read, understand, and agree to abide by the contest rules, and by the final decision of yours truly and Taste of Southern.

What You Need To Know:

Full Disclosure: Ball Corporation, and Jarden Home Brands, the maker of the Ball FreshTECH Jam & Jelly Maker, recently offered me the opportunity to test and write a review of  their Jam & Jelly Maker. They provided the Jam & Jelly Maker, and allowed me to keep the unit for my personal use. They also have supplied the unit that is being given away here, the jars, and the bands and lids. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review of their Jam & Jelly Maker and all comments made regarding the review, listed elsewhere here on Taste of Southern, are my own. No requirements were placed on me regarding how to test and write the review that I’ve given. I already have the other new Jam & Jelly Maker we’re giving away, here at Taste of Southern, and will personally pay shipping from my address to the winners address for all the prizes offered. Taste of Southern is offering this giveaway as a Thank You to the many readers, subscribers, and daily visitors to our website. Links within the content of this page are provided for you to obtain more information about the products offered. I do not receive any monetary compensation should you decide to click on one or more of the included links. Product images above are property of Ball. Graphics were made by me.  Thank You for listening… and Good Luck!

Be Blessed!!!



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  1. Sherry says:

    I’ll try to make a hot pepper jam that our local farm market sells.
    It’s a little too much for me, but my husband and son love it!

    Unfortunately, they got hit by some bad hail storms and may not be able to make some of their jams & jellies this year.

  2. Rachel C. says:

    I’d make blackberry jam. R

  3. Tyanna Hodges says:

    I would like to make jelly or jam featuring basil fresh from my garden.

  4. Kayce says:

    I love to make jam! Family and friends get mad if I don’t give it to them for birthdays and holidays. I would probably make raspberry peach jam first. It’s a good time for peaches and it’s my daughters favorite jam!

  5. Karen Ordanic says:

    I would like to make a batch of strawberry and rhubarb jam.

    By the way, thank you for the wonderful website.

  6. Michael Bryan says:

    Strawberry Jam

  7. Robin Brock says:

    I planted three blackberry bushes, so guess what I’ll be making?

  8. Joel Harrison says:

    I would love to try and make some Mayhaw Jelly…..Mayhaw berries are popular in the Louisiana area and only grow near the swamplands…..I think I could get someone who lives there to ship me a batch of berries

  9. Sylvia says:

    Strawberry, first choice. Peach, second.

  10. Rebecca Tabor says:

    Peach Jam and Mayhaw Jelly

  11. Roselyn says:

    I have a Mexican Plum tree in the front yard…makes fruit in summer…but not much. Last year was first time I made Red Hots plum jelly from those plums and it was a lot of work for a small amount of jelly. I would really like having this jelly maker to use up those plums without so much hassle! We also have peaches (when the squirrels don’t beat us to the harvest!) and the jelly maker would sure come in handy for those. So, if I won, I would start with the plums and go from there.

  12. Emily says:

    The first jelly I would make would be blueberry jam since it is my favorite and blueberries are ripe for the picking in my area. The second I would try would be my beloved pepper jelly, followed by fig jam because my neighbor has an awesome fig tree and does not eat figs!!!!! I have always wanted to try to make jams but have never had the nerve! Help me do this!!!!!

  13. Donna Phillips says:

    I would make Blackberry Jelly with blackberries picked by my Grandsons. Yummy!La3U

  14. Rhonda Brewer says:

    I love to purchase and eat different pepper jellies on cream cheese, but have never made any. I would live to learn how and use this gadget to do it!

  15. Yvonne Selig says:

    Blackberry might be the first jam I try since the canes are loaded with tiny, green berries. It was an experiment I started last year. The patch had never been mulched or trimmed & had previously been mowed down 2 years in a row. The care has paid off. The new canes are 5 ft tall & some even have blooms. Last years canes are covered with blooms & berries.

  16. David Cotten says:

    Grandma’s recipe for sweet pickles with fresh cucumbers from the garden.

  17. Nina Powell says:

    If I won the Ball FreshTECH Jam & Jelly Maker, I would first make a raspberry jelly to compliment my favorite goat cheese and homemade toasted crisps. Thanks!

  18. Lula Mae ridings says:

    Would try blackberry jelly, made once before, it was very pretty but would not come out of the jars. I had cooked it too long!!!!!!!

  19. Janie hunter says:

    I would love to can some strawberry jam and peach preserves. My 93 year old mother lives with us, and these are her favorites.

  20. Marcella Foligno says:

    I would make strawberry rhubarb jelly!!! Yum!

  21. J.R. Stout says:

    Love me some jams and jellies! My wife and I will start with some apple jelly since our tree made it thru the mountain frost but the berries will be coming on soon. Wild blackberries are great for jam.

  22. Anita says:

    The local strawberry season is coming to an end here, so I would wait for the peaches to ripen. Peach jam is my favorite and it would be a pleasure to make it in the Ball jam & jelly maker.

  23. Sharon says:

    It’s hard to decide, but I would probably make apple jelly first, if I win the Ball FreshTech, but I would also like to try some of Ball’s other recipes.

  24. Margaret says:

    I would love to make plum preserves
    and spread it on some fresh homemade biscuits
    while they are still warm

  25. ValerieHK says:

    I would try jalapeno-sweet bell pepper jelly (grow both in my garden)-great glaze for pork roast!

  26. Shelby Heathcoat says:

    I recently began my adventures with canning by using a recipe you had posted for apple butter and strawberry jam. My grandmother always talks about “the good old days” when her mother would have various kinds of jams, jellies, and pickled goods on the shelf ready to open and devour. I made the strawberry jam and apple butter recipes for her so that maybe she’d have a little taste of her childhood back. I know mine wasn’t made the way her mother did it, but she still absolutely loved it and has since bought me more jars, lids, and bands as a “hint” to make more! But if I won the Jam and Jelly maker, I would love to try something with peaches and some plum jam. My entire family loves plum jam, so I would keep one jar for myself and give the rest to them to enjoy!

  27. Darlene Colclasure says:

    If I win the Ball FreshTECH Jam & Jelly Maker, the first thing that I would make would definitely be black raspberry jelly with berries from my garden!! My husband and children love black raspberry jelly! I would also use the finished product as a tasty visual in my classroom. I would do this by sharing some of the jelly with my students after going through the process of how the jelly was made.

  28. Sharon Beales says:

    I have been missing my grandma’s old fashioned fig jam. I was the only one in the family who loved it, but that didn’t matter as she loved me. As soon as the neighbors tree had ripe fruit, she came home with her white enamel pan loaded with figs. I would watch her on and off all summer as she bottled my fig jam, strawberry jam, grape jam with grapes from her own grape arbor, jars of peaches, etc.
    she passed when I was a young teenager and she never wrote recipes down so they are lost to me. I would love an easy way to be able to do what my grandma did.

  29. Herb says:

    My Mom taught me canning when I was a kid. My wife has never canned. My first of many projects would be to teach my three daughters how to make strawberry jam. Then raspberry, and then ground cherry. Everyone needs to learn to cook! My sons will learn, too.

  30. Debbie Bishop says:

    The first fruit jam would be blackberries. Our favorite and what we have growing in our backyard. I like the idea of making small batches since there is just 2 of us now.

  31. Paula Sellers says:

    Wonderful item..I have blueberries that are about 2-3 weeks away from being ready to pick…This product would take the work out of making BLUEBERRY JAM the traditional way and save me a world of time. Since I have broken my leg earlier this year standing over the stove and stirring is stressful.

  32. Joni Bryant says:

    I have never made jams or jellies but would love to. I would probably make a blackberry jelly first.

  33. Lisa Osborne says:

    The first thing I would make with the Ball Jam and Jelly maker is my grandmother’s luscious fig preserves!!

  34. Annalee Buschbacher says:

    What a treat it would be to make rhubarb jam first!
    I haven’t had rhubarb jam in a coons age!

  35. Kathryn H. says:

    I’d try blueberry! We should have a good crop this year.

  36. Kelly D says:

    I would make a Strawberry jam.

  37. Cora says:

    It would be strawberry jam. Nothing else ever tastes like homemade jam on homemade biscuits. I can taste it now!

  38. Mary Spraitzar says:

    I know exactly what I’d do. I’d hop in the car, make a quick trip a bit south of here to Chilton County for the best you pick Freestone peaches imaginable in the state of Alabama. I’d probably enjoy several before the return trip to grandma’s kitchen where hopefully I’d delight her with the wonderful aroma of peach jam wafting through her home and the expectation of memories of joy while looking forward to its soon slathering on hot buttery biscuits!

  39. Kent Harris says:

    I would love to have the goodness of some homemade Black Berry Jam

  40. The first thing I would make would be blueberry jam with Grand Mariner(sp). A couple of years ago, my son-in-law brought home the most delicious blueberry jam with this ingredient and you would amazed how delicious it was. A friend of his Mother had made it and passed on to him. Do you believe he doesn’t like blueberry jam? Sooo, I was the lucky recipient and enjoyed it so much.

  41. I would make strawberry jam like my mom used to make. This awesome maker would make it easier to do. Thanks for the Giveaway

  42. Shanna says:

    I would make my Texas fig preserves first then my cactus jelly.

  43. Gale Bond says:

    I’d really like to try an orange and lemon marmalade, or maybe the damson jelly from my grandmother’s old wooden”receipt” box.

  44. Mark says:

    Blueberries are in season I would make blueberry jelly.

  45. David says:

    Fig preserves, like grandmother made.

  46. Dandi D says:

    I love blackberries, so I would probably make blackberry jam first.

  47. Beverly J. says:

    I have both blueberry and blackberry bushes planted. As to the first thing I would make depends on which is ripe first. It would be so exciting to win this. I just love the colored canning jars. What a decorative touch to canning. Thank you Steve for your many step by step recipes.

  48. Lynn Foster says:

    I would make muscadine jelly!

  49. Nikole Bennie says:

    if I won I would make raspberry jam and apple butter from the raspberry bushes and apple trees that we are growing

  50. Sally Gaspard says:

    I would make my Mother’s fig preserves which are the best I’ve ever tasted. Then on to muscadine jelly! Hope to win!!!

  51. Ann Ridings says:

    I will make blueberry/peach preserves/jam because these two fruits are so good together.

  52. I’d make raspberry jam.

  53. I would make peach jam for my husband. He loves anything with peaches. He also loves the recipes I try from taste of southern! Some of them are better than his mom’s I’ve been told. Thank you Steve for all your guidance!,

  54. Miz Karen says:

    Would have to be fig preserves since everyone in our family loves them (especially a 7 year old great granddaughter. She helps pick them and they are almost ripe here.

  55. Valerie K. says:

    I would make Strawberry Jam for my first batch!

  56. Cindy Freeman says:

    I would make apple butter or strawberry jam if I won first prize. I would love to win either of the other prizes, too!

  57. Annie says:

    If I won, I would have a jelly making party and invite Nancy Jo, Kathy, Regina and Lola to make dewberry jelly.

  58. Steve Crawford says:

    I would make tomato preserves first. Sounds strange, but wait until you taste it.

  59. Lisa Joslin says:

    The first thing I would make is raspberry preserves, followed by blueberry preserves! I still remember my grandmother’s raspberry preserves so tangy-sweet…and getting yelled at for getting into her raspberry bush sneaking a berry or two (or three). “I need all I get for my preserves!” she’d yell out the window. They were always worth the wait!

  60. Carrie Morris says:

    I would make strawberry jam if I won. I was in the strawberry jam class at the extension center on May 14th and saw the jam and jelly maker in action. I liked it!!
    Oh by the way, i have made your strawberry cobbler receipe and Mama Ruths strawberry cake, very delicious.

    Thank you

  61. I would make strawberry jam an blackberry jelly.

  62. Regenia Simmons says:

    I will make my seedless blackberry jelly which is my daughter’s favorite.

    Thanks for sharing all your wonderful recipes :~)

  63. I would make strawberry jam and blackberry jelly. Would love to have this !!!!!!

  64. Kathy says:

    I would probably make mayhew jelly.

  65. Millie Honeycutt says:

    I would make strawberry jam and blackberry jelly. I would love to have this !!!!

  66. Brandy Mesa says:

    The first thing I would make if I won the jam and jelly maker would be strawberry jam! It is my absolute favorite and is the unmistakeable best on fresh bread!!!

  67. Ben S. says:

    Seedless blackberry jam. Nothin’ finer!

  68. Cherylle Waters says:

    I will make red pepper jelly and later use it on baked brie at Christmas time!

  69. Cynthia Haenfler says:

    I’m sure it would be mulberry-grape. My Mom used to make this and was loved by all. I haven’t tried jams yet. I only started canning last year, so it’s a pretty new for me, but I really enjoy it.

  70. Kathryn Crouch says:

    Blueberry jam

  71. Koren H says:

    I would make rhubarb jam ~ YUM!

  72. Martha Pilotti-Gerty says:

    We have many berry and fruit trees. Each year I look forward to making all sorts of interesting and tasty jams and preserves. I would certainly enjoy making them in this beautiful new Ball FreshTECH Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker if I were the winner!

  73. Linda Ball says:

    I would start out making lots of hot pepper jelly because I love pepper jelly on my english muffins for breakfast with hot tea.

  74. Wanda Cannon says:

    Strawberry jam of course! It’s great on vanilla ice cream or orange sherbet!

  75. Jenny Cone says:

    Blackberry jelly

  76. Robin says:

    I would pick up the first fruit or berries I could find and make any flavor jam. I love all berries and fruits. Thanks for offering this contest.

  77. Cathy says:

    I would make grape jelly, as that is my family’s favorite.

  78. Karen Moore Lester says:

    My Great Grandmothers Arkansas Garden Fresh Chow-Chow.

  79. Linda Hayes says:

    I would make strawberry jam first if I am the lucky winner and would treasure and put to good use if I won the 2nd or 3rd prize. Thanks for all you do for your followers of Taste Of Southern.


  80. Julia Cohen says:

    I will make peach/mango jam

  81. Rick Curlin says:

    I would make blackberry jam like my Mother made when I was a child. Great memories!

  82. Kenny Bouman says:

    Mmmm…I would definitely be making some apple butter! My Grandmother used to make it every fall with apples from her orchard, and I always devoured it as a kid!

  83. Peter Pamepinto says:

    Any of the jellies my mother made when I was a child,would be wonderful.But one stands out in my mind.PEACH.

  84. Emily says:

    My favorite jam to make is a beautifully colored and tasty Raspberry-Blueberry, and that’s what I would make first as time is nigh for both berries here in NC. (I can’t get figs off my mind either, but I guess it’s not quite time for those yet.)

  85. sondra says:

    I’ll make blackberry jam. I love to make my own because I can control the quality of the ingredients, and even reduce the sugar for my husband. Your machine would no doubt create less mess and kitchen heat too!

  86. Libby Rouse says:

    I would make scuppernong grape jelly

  87. If I were to be lucky enough to win this awesome Jam/Jelly Maker I would prepare Blueberry Jam, one of my most favorite fruits. Blueberry season where I live is just around the corner.

  88. Jeneen says:

    I would make a mixed berry jam. But if I could I would make mayhaw jelly it is my favorite.

  89. ColleenB. ~ Texas says:

    First; thank you for this wonderful giveaway opportunity.
    I would either start with making strawberry jam or apple jelly

  90. Paula S says:

    Blackberry Jam. We’ve got hedges of blackberries out in the back 40.

  91. Barbara says:

    Strawberry jam is a family favorite; so, strawberry jam would be first on my agenda.

  92. Karen says:

    Fig preserves

  93. Joyce Anderes says:

    I would make rhubard jam.

  94. Lisa Roskam says:

    Hi Steve, as a beginner to canning and jams/jellies, I honestly cannot say what I would make first, but if I was blessed enough to win this fantastic prize, I would head on over to my local farmer’s market and make a jam or jelly with whatever fruit is ripe in season. And I would definitely let you know how it turns out!

  95. Daryl Clark says:

    I would make blueberry jam if I’m a lucky winner! Thank you for the chance to win such a great prize!

  96. Wendi Whitlow says:

    I would make blueberry jelly first if I am a winner!

  97. Tracy C Lee says:

    I would DEFINITELY make strawberry jam first if I’m a winner.


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