Top 5 Gifts for Food Preservationists

Top 5 Gifts for Food Preservationists
Ernest Miller

2. Hand-carved tampers from JCT Woodwork: Speaking of Farmer's Kitchen, Miller approached local woodcarver, John C. Talbot, to create a customized jar tamper for his canned goods. Talbot works exclusively with reclaimed local wood, turning it into generous bowls, graceful goblets, and small kitchen implements. The tampers he makes for Miller come in whatever wood Talbot has on hand (we have one made from orange wood rescued from a Northridge grove) and no one is ever like the other. The ends fit both regular and wide mouth jars. You can find Talbot at the Hollywood Farmers Market every Sunday, but if you want the tampers, you have to go to the Farmer's Kitchen.

Top 5 Gifts for Food Preservationists

1. Schmancy Jars: Jars are probably one of the biggest repeat expenditures for all food preservationists, in part because they end up giving so much of what they make away as gifts. Word of jar sales at the local hardware store or Smart and Final make regular rounds on Facebook. But that's for the generic Ball and Kerr standards. Regular canners don't often splurge on a full set of Bormioli Rocco, Leifheit, Weck, or Le Parfait. They're all available online, though you can pick some up locally at branches of The Container Store, Sur le Table, and at Heath Ceramics. For the jar collector, snagging them an antique Mission canning jar is also pretty special. They were once made right here in L.A. by Latchford Glass until the company was bought by Kerr in 1980 and shut down. The large embossed mission bell on the outside is artful and location-appropriate, and makes a very thoughtful gift.

Felicia Friesema is a graduate from the inaugural class of Master Food Preservers. She tweets at @FeliciaFriesema. Follow the Master Food Preservers at their Facebook page or Twitter feed.

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