Simply Canning Gift Guide

with Sharon Peterson

I love giving gifts.  It's fun to find that special something or that perfect unusual item that I know the receiver will love. 

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I used to enjoy a bit of hustle and bustle during the holiday season.  But any more that hustle and bustle has turned into a chaotic environment!  It's push and hurry, and stressful. 

I don't like it.  It takes away from the meaning of shopping for fun presents for those I love. I still do some in person shopping at local shops.  I do love supporting small local businesses. 

I've discovered that I really like online shopping for Christmas buying.   Shopping online I can do from my own home at my convenience and it is soooooo much more relaxing and enjoyable.

I thought I'd recommend to you some items that I think would be great presents.  The companies and products you see here are all folks I sought out and invited to participate on this page. Some of these are directly canning related.... some are just things I like and I think you will too.  

I bet you will find something here that will make that perfect gift.  And look for some discount codes from some of the merchants!

I'll be sharing each on facebook in the coming weeks so if you follow me there you'll see them again.  In the meantime this page will be available right here until 2016 ends.  Can you believe the year has gone by so fast!

Sharon's recommendations:
Christmas gifts to bless your friends and loved ones 

Trayer Wilderness

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We are a family of three living traditionally off-grid in the northern Idaho wilderness. Each of us bring unique talents to our home and website with hand made soaps & candles, traditional gift items, hand forged decorative items, tools and survival tools, hand crafted elk hide moccasins, hand woven survival paracord items and our fabricated multi purpose fire piston the MultiFlame Tools.  Our shop has items with pricing from 5.00 to 150.00.  We have a little bit of something for everyone at

Sharon's Personal Recommendations: Tammy at Trayer Wilderness is another person whom I have met and enjoyed meeting.  I also have used some of her products.  Though I have not used their multiflame tool I've seen you tube reviews that highly rate them. A multi flame tool would be the perfect gift for that outdoorsman who has everything.  I bet he doesn't have one of these.  And I HAVE used Tammy's homemade goats milk soaps.  I LOVE them.  Beautiful, sweet smelling, smooth and creamy texture, they are a perfect addition to a gift basket.  

Tammy has come out with a book this past year.  How to Embrace and Offgrid Lifestyle.  The goal of this book is "to help you fully understand the pros and cons of living off grid." Tammy walks the walk, and tells us all in this book.  Now available for preorder.  


Jarbox is the new, one-of-kind jar storage system. Available in quart and pint sizes, JarBox securely holds 12 quart-size jars for storage or transport. It's perfect for storing wide-mouth or regular mouth jars, whether glass or plastic.

Each JarBox set includes a top and bottom shell which are interchangeable. JarBoxes stack using their unique locator rings​, removing the need for shelves. Each Jarbox contains 12 specially-designed “cells” which nestle every jar, preventing jar-to-jar breakage. JarBoxes are the last system you will ever need to care for your jars.​

Sharon's Personal Recommendation: I have a couple of these Jarboxes in the quart sizes.  They are amazing.  Truly you can literally shake the box (if you are strong enough!) while full of jars and the jars DO NOT BREAK.  The reason is the jars do not touch each other.  I use mine when we are traveling.  It is perfect to strap to a 4-wheeler or stack in your motor home for travel.  For a fantastic homemade gift you could get a pint size box, fill it with a variety of your own foods that you have canned for the occasion.  Anyone would treasure a dozen jars of goodness and love from your kitchen!


The Masontops Complete Fermentation Kit is a wonderful gift for fermenters, vegetable gardeners, health-wise eaters and cooking enthusiasts. The easy-to-use kit includes everything you need to begin fermenting vegetables and fruits in Mason jars, including 4 Pickle Pebble food weights, 4 Pickle Pipe airlocks, a Pickle Packer Acacia Wood food tamper, and a free Fermentation Guide with recipes and tips. The beautiful presentation and box makes it gift-ready for any occasion

Order before December 23, 2016 and get 10% off with coupon code SIMPLYXMAS.

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Sharon's Personal Recommendation: The Pickle Pipe from is one of my favorite new products this year. Fermenting is now a snap with this lid.  I've always struggled to get past that slime/mold stage with fermenting.... no problem now.  I can confidently say I love fermenting because of the ease of the Pickle Pipe.   I have a full review here.  


Mason-re koozies are designed to enhance the mason jars lying around your home. Our koozies make mason jars even more useful by insulating your morning coffee, cooling your evening beer, or protecting your kids’ drinks. Our koozies don’t have any animal hides or petroleum products and can withstand temperatures from below-zero to over 400ºF. They’re non-toxic and BPA free. We believe that true sustainability comes from using fewer items for more things. This is why we focus on the mason jar - one of the most versatile and reusable products out there. Available in a variety of sizes and colors!

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Sharon's Personal Recommendation I have one of these wide mouth koozies and they are so nice.  I love the feel of the silicone. These koozies sit on a table or counter level and secure.  I've had cup holders that make the jar seem unsteady and feels like it is going to tip.  Not with this koozie.  My personal favorite is the purple.  Place an individual serving size hot apple cider mix, or a flavored tea bag in the jar with this and make a nice gift. 

Fillmore Container

Fillmore Container, is a family-owned business, that offers all manner of preservation gear including, food containers, lids, canning accessories, preserving cookbooks, fermenting supplies, and more.

The folks at Fillmore Container are passionate about helping you preserve your harvest. Not only do they offer the best selection, price and service for your preserving needs, they publish a popular blog that is a very useful resource for preservers. 

Whether you’re looking for recipes, tips, or feedback from other preservers, Fillmore Container is likely to have a source for you! 

In addition to preserving necessities Fillmore Container also carries candle containers, candle wax, fragrance oils, candle wicks, and candle accessories

Sharon's Personal Recommendations:  Fillmore container has some of the best preserving tools.  Two of my favorites.... These little re-cap lids are always in use in my kitchen.  Using Pomonas Pectin for suger free or low sugar jam has relieved that sugar laden guilt I get when I am processing fruit jams each year.

Pantry Paratus

Pantry Paratus: We long for simpler times–when you knew what was in your food & you had an active part in bringing it to the table to enjoy with your family.

Pantry Paratus was founded in January 2011.   We are a small family owned and operated company who calls beautiful northwest Montana our home. Paratus is latin for “ready” or “prepared”. It is our desire to see everyone think seriously about what the family is eating, where it comes from, and how they can preserve their surplus and prepare that pantry for the lean times.

We endeavor to equip and to teach pantry preparedness.  

Sharon's Personal Recommendation:   Chaya and Wilson own the small company Pantry Paratus.  If you want to support a small company.... Pantry Paratus is the place to go.  Well deserving, great service.  They have many canning and preserving supplies and general kitchen items.   Check out this Krona Steamer Juicer.  

Seeds for Generations 

Our family business sells organic heirloom vegetable seeds and related gardening products.

We’ve named it Seeds for Generations for several reasons:

  • The business is a vehicle for passing on a love for heirloom seeds and gardening to our descendants
  • We will help expand the circle of people reconnecting with the land and growing more of their own food
  • All life and economic activity ultimately comes from two physical sources: the land and the sun.  More people growing means more people literally using seeds for generating life and productivity, an important activity in our consumer economy that’s coming apart at the seams.

So whether you’re just starting your gardening adventure this year, or already have seedlings growing now, please consider supporting our family’s effort to plant seeds in our children and our world that will yield a fruitful increase in the months and years to come.

Sharon's Personal Recommendation: If you've got a gardener on your list what is better than seeds for the garden next spring.  I know I love planning and thinking about my garden while the snow is still flying.  In fact many things are planted in January or February inside to be ready to go in the garden come planting time.  Pick up some seed starting supplies and tuck in a few packets from Seeds for Generations.  Gift certificates available too.  

Online Canning Classes

Learn Home Canning

I've been teaching home canning for a long time.  I'd love to share what I've learned with you.  

Simply Canning School is what you need to start filling jars.

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