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By blanketing the jib, you're making it easier to haul to windward. This may be a better way to commence a heave-to when it's windy and you're shorthanded. In light air, the tack without releasing the jib method will work just fine.
The mechanics of balance vary from boat to boat, and from sailplan to sailplan. If you like that method better, then do it that way.