Canning Recipes

Looking for new ways to try out your canning skills? Here are some recipes we’ve been making. For a complete canning how-to, check out our posts Canning 101 and Canning 201, or download our guide How to Can Your Harvest. RHUBARB KETCHUP 4 cups rhubarb, diced2 med onion, diced3/4 cup cider vinegar3/4 cup packed brown sugar3/4 cup cane sugar1 can tomato – 28 oz1 tsp … Continue reading Canning Recipes

Blueberry Recipes for Vinaigrette, Coffee Cake and Chutney

Blueberries are a great source of fibre, vitamin C, manganese and other nutrients. They have high antioxidant power and their phytonutrients have been studied in relation to many degenerative diseases. Blueberries have been shown to be health-supportive with regard to cardiovascular, cognitive and optical health, in particular. So, enjoy while in season and stock up! Studies have also shown that fresh-frozen berries maintain their nutritional … Continue reading Blueberry Recipes for Vinaigrette, Coffee Cake and Chutney

Jammin’: Our Best Jammy Recipes

Whether you’re a jam lover or not (and we are), jam is the gateway preserve. It’s the preserve you learn first, that encourages you to learn to make other preserves. Here are a few of our jammy favourites. And for a complete canning how-to, check out our posts Canning 101 and Canning 201, or download our guide How to Can Your Harvest. EASY APPLE RHUBARB … Continue reading Jammin’: Our Best Jammy Recipes

How to Can Your Harvest: A step-by-step guide including sample recipes

We created a step-by-step canning guide! Filled with visual cues to guide you along the way, this resource is great for community groups or individuals who want to give canning a go. This toolkit includes all you need to know to get you started, including: required canning tools, step-by-step recipes, and additional resources. Click here HERE to view and download the resource. You can also … Continue reading How to Can Your Harvest: A step-by-step guide including sample recipes

Four Ways to Can Tomatoes: Salsa, Spaghetti Sauce, Quartered Tomatoes and Chow

Canning season is in full bloom. It’s right about now when we place bulk tomato orders with farms for canned soups, sauces, and salsa for the year. Tomatoes are one of our favourite things to preserve. Canning your own is often more affordable than purchasing tomato-based products, and a jar of salsa in January is a taste of summer all over again. Here are some … Continue reading Four Ways to Can Tomatoes: Salsa, Spaghetti Sauce, Quartered Tomatoes and Chow

Three Ways to Preserve Beans

On a hot August night in Nova Scotia, a lovely group of participants joined us in a hot kitchen to learn how to preserve. Hot water bath canning was the main focus of the workshop. But we also wanted to show two other ways of preserving beans: freezing and lacto-fermentation. Hot Water Bath Canning – Fast Favourite Dilly Beans This is when you process your jars … Continue reading Three Ways to Preserve Beans

When is My Favourite Produce in Season?

It’s canning season again, folks, and this year it comes even earlier than usual. Now that summer’s heat has arrived, the farmers markets are starting to get full of delicious produce, and we here in the office have been pouring over canning and preserving cookbooks to dream about the delicious food we’re going to put away this summer! (If you want a refresher on the … Continue reading When is My Favourite Produce in Season?

Homemade Grape Juice

We moved to our property on the Eastern Shore last November.  It was great to walk around the yard this spring and summer to see what new perennials were popping up, and to discover the wild blueberries in the back woods.  Midway through the summer, I started noticing the ominous growth of something viney and leafy in the ‘wild’ corner of my front yard.  Something vaguely grapey… but surely the growth of vines 20 feet up the birch tree couldn’t be grapes?? Continue reading “Homemade Grape Juice”

Canning, the Neurotic First-Timer Way

This post comes from Megan, neurotic first-time canner turned pro! A few weeks ago I inadvertently volunteered to do a preserving demonstration at the Maritime Fall Fair. Inadvertently because I’d thought I was volunteering to man a booth, standing by while folks look at a display or pamphlets, and maybe answering some questions. Having never preserved anything in my life, I likely would not have … Continue reading Canning, the Neurotic First-Timer Way