Preserves Swap + Jam & Jelly Tasting with Sarah B.Hood

This Monday is my sec­ond annual Preserves Swap & Sale, where any­one who has some pre­serves they’ve made can come in and swap with other can­ners. Last year we had mar­malade, tomato sauce, dill pick­les, pep­per jelly, bread and but­ter pick­les, pick­led beets, and more. It was a huge cor­nu­copia of canning!

This year I asked author and Canning Queen, Sarah B.Hood, author of “We Sure Can” to be involved. She came up with the idea of a Jam and Jelly Battle.

Anyone out there who made a sweet jam or jelly (no mar­malades, no chut­neys, no sal­sas — just jams & jel­lies) this sea­son is wel­come to bring a jar on Monday night. Sarah has a list of cri­te­ria that she will be using to judge each entry and she’ll give you hon­est feed­back on your prod­uct. Once Sarah has cho­sen her win­ner every­one is invited to taste all the com­pet­ing jams and jel­lies and vote for their favourite.

only home­made jams allowed

For those who don’t can but still want lovely pre­serves on their kitchen shelves, there will be all man­ner of fresh, canned Ontario pro­duce avail­able for sale. This night is a cel­e­bra­tion of Ontario’s bounty and the fact that even though we all live in a vir­tual world hooked to our iPhones and com­puter screens, there are still a lot of us who take the time to stock up for win­ter buy lay­ing in our own pre­serves. Preserving keeps us con­nected to our roots and ensures that we never take the har­vest for granted, it also means we set a much bet­ter table over the holidays!

this is what we’re look­ing for, real home­made jam with Ontario fruit

Be sure to buy or swap for some mus­tard pick­les and cran­berry chut­ney for Thanksgiving din­ner at 86’d this Monday, the 17th. Doors at 7pm, starts at 8pm, always free and open to everyone.


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