In a Pickle? Try These Recipes

Love pickles? Fortunately for you, you can now learn to make pickles in the comfort of your own home, using hours you might otherwise use raking leaves, doing laundry or other frustrating and unrewarding activities not resulting in delicious preserved edible product. If you need tips on preserving, check out our posts Canning 101 and Canning 201, or download our guide How to Can Your … Continue reading In a Pickle? Try These Recipes

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

Fermentation 101

  By guest blogger Nicole Marcoux, RHN Fermentation is one of the oldest and easiest methods of food preservation. One of the most well-known examples of a wild fermented food is sauerkraut. Fermenting is so simple. If you have salt, a jar, and some vegetables, you’re basically done. The fermentation method I use most often is wild fermentation, which simply means that the bacteria and … Continue reading Fermentation 101

Freezing 201: How to Freeze Your Favourite Produce

Hopefully, you caught our valuable tips in our Freezing 101 blog post.  These suggestions will help ensure that you find it easy to actually use all the fruits and veggies that you freeze this summer.  In this post, we’ll go over the best way to freeze the most common types of produce – but remember to keep your own cooking style in mind when freezing … Continue reading Freezing 201: How to Freeze Your Favourite Produce

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