Monday, December 10, 2012

Mighty Nest, Mighty Gifts

This is my first Christmas as a self-employed woman and the gifting part of the holidays is a little tighter than usual (and usual is pretty tight!) So I have resorted to a little creativity. One of my favorite small gifts for friends and invitations during the season is what I call Warmth Jars. You buy a box of new canning jars (these pictured are Weck, more on why later) and fill them with herbal tea, ground coffee, cocoa, or a candle and let the glass container itself be the wrapping. I tie it up with some twine or wool yarn, but that's as festive as it gets. The receiving party gets a utilitarian container they can use for canning in the warmer months and something they could really savor now in the chilly ones. I always fill it with shelf-storage creature comforts and let the brand-new jar be part of the gift.

So why Weck? I'm switching over to Weck for a few reasons, mostly because of their total lack of BPA. Some canning jar lids have some wicked chemicals in them but Weck jars don't use those metal lids with the rubber bands, they just use glass lids with a disposable rubber ring. They are held shut by two little clamps when they are being set into the canner. They are simple, elegant, and still different enough to give even a seasoned homesteader a little ooohhh and ahhh. I learned about these guys, and their advantages, from the folks over at Mighty Nest who I approached to be a farm sponsor.

Mighty Nest is the company that carries these Weck jars I photographed and am giving this holiday season. They are an eco-minded home goods company with a flair for style and an emphasis on family life, food, and storage solutions. As a new Cold Antler Farm sponsor I urge you to check out their site and if you have a minute, send them a thank you for keeping this place fed, paid, and trotting uphill. Folks like Mighty Nest are what keep this dream alive!

Mighty Nest has a special coupon code for CAF readers, you can use it to get 10% your order from now till Christmas. Just use: ANTLER10 at checkout. You can get the discount no matter your purchase size. But you get free shipping, too, if your order is over $25 dollars. So for around twenty bucks you can get a bunch of Weck for free shipping. That's a lot of Warmth Jars, folks….

Happy Giving!


Blogger karental said...

Perfect! I've been looking for jars like these. I will be making a purchase (and using the discount code.) Thanks!

December 10, 2012 at 4:32 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

How have you been finding the Weck jars, Jenna? I got some for my birthday, and was super excited...until I started using them. When I would apply the clamps before the water bath, they'd make this horrid grinding noise, and the jars would shed minute shards of glass onto my counter. I had to toss out a lot of my peach preserves due to paranoia about ground glass in the food. :( Returned them to the store and have been looking into BPA-free tops for Ball jars, but I keep wondering if other folks have had the same experience.

December 10, 2012 at 5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so glad to see you have several new sponsors! And what a great gift idea for very little money. I'm going over to check out Mighty Nest!

December 10, 2012 at 5:50 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Take it a step further with reusable canning lids. I've heard a lot of good things about them, and they're also BPA-free:

December 10, 2012 at 5:58 PM  
Blogger Tiffany said...

What an excellent idea! I' m with you on the homemade gift giving this year. Most of my friends are getting the goodies I've been slaving away at making on the weekends, food and craft alike. It fits the budget much better and is sooooo much nicer than store bought!

December 10, 2012 at 6:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Weck jars are so great. I think they are gorgeous and worthy of being a gift in themselves. I've heard of others having the same issues Courtney is having, though. They are supposed to be resistant to chipping. Good jars, nonetheless.

And I love Mighty Nest. Thanks for the code! I'll probably be using it soon.

December 10, 2012 at 6:12 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

I think the Weck's are beautiful, but pricey. If you are concerned about the BPA, you really should check out Tattler lids. They are also reusable and last a LONG time before the rings need to be replaced. They are good for both water bath and pressure canning. It's all I use.

December 10, 2012 at 11:08 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

The Wecks are beautiful but pricey. If you are concerned about BPA, check out Tattler lids. BPA free, reusable for a very long time before you need to replace the rubber rings. Can be used in water bath and pressure canning. They are all I use anymore.

December 10, 2012 at 11:10 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

I think the Weck's are beautiful, but pricey. If you are concerned about the BPA, you really should check out Tattler lids. They are also reusable and last a LONG time before the rings need to be replaced. They are good for both water bath and pressure canning. It's all I use.

December 10, 2012 at 11:11 PM  
Blogger Anja said...

I love the Weck jars, being in Germany I am only used to them to be honest. My Grandma already used them, so have lot's and lot's of them in storage.

December 11, 2012 at 6:49 AM  
Blogger Brenda said...

thanks for that info Jenna. I never thought much about those lids until reading another blog yesterday, so I will look into it more. I can foods and share with family, hoping my grands will have safer organic foods so safe canning is very important. I would worry over having a really tight seal using the Weck jars with low acid foods but I will use them for my pickles, since pickles will not spoil even if the seal isn't good. (they will soften, but as in using pickle barrel pickles, they will still be safe). everyone's getting my pickles this year. I am pretty proud of my own recipe and my garden made the decision for me that all should get pickles this year. so be it.on to the weck link. Courtney: Legacy canning jars I believe, have the lids you want but made in China, always something, right? lol!

December 11, 2012 at 2:18 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

Jenna - I have the same issues with the BPA in lids and switched over to Tattler reusable lids last year. Having canned for many years I simply couldn't afford to change over my jars. These lids work great and are reusable (did I day that already?). They're website is
I've used them in water bath and pressure canners, both regular and wide mouth. I know I sound like an advertisement but they are great.

December 12, 2012 at 3:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I gotta agree with the previous posters. I'm keeping my made in America Ball jars and using the Tattler lids. Weck is pretty, but Ball is utilitarian.

December 13, 2012 at 4:02 PM  

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