Ball FreshTECH Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker. (Deb Lindsey/For the Washington Post)

PRESERVATION HAUL: Is the Ball FreshTECH Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker for you? Yes, if you tend to make small batches (each a total of 32 ounces); if you don’t have an appropriately shaped pot (wide top, narrow bottom); if you feel better when beeps and signals are calling the shots in the kitchen; if you don’t like to be tethered to the stove (the contraption has a built-in stirring wand); and if you have the room to store yet another countertop appliance. The pot is nonstick and dishwasher-safe. $99.99, available online via, and

TEXAS PICKLES: Jalapeño, garlic, spices and sugar give Terlingua Sweet Hots a flavor that’s hard to imitate. The crisp slices are good for snacking as well as sandwiches and blended salads. 16 ounces, $8. Made by Whitson Chile Products of Terlingua, Texas; available at the Olney Farmers and Artists Market through Nov. 3, and during a one-day market there on Dec. 8.

HOMETOWN SALSA: Almost every family-recipe salsa on the market has a back story. Emy’s Salsa Aji was born out of retired Ellicott City chemist Andrew Uribe’s desire to share his dad’s all-natural condiment with as many folks as possible. With the imminent addition of Giant and Safeway stores, his 2007 vision is being realized. Flavors include original mild, original spicy, mango mild and mango spicy. 12 ounces, $4.69. Available at David’s Natural Markets in Columbia (410-730-2304) and Gambrills (410-987-1533); Dawson’s Market in Rockville (240-428-1386), Roots Market in Clarksville (443-535-9321); available soon in some Giant and Safeway stores.