Essential canning season checklist

Garden season is almost here, which means we must start thinking about preserving that bounty too. The past two years canning supplies have been in high demand. Luckily, during this early time most people are not yet thinking about canning. So supplies are still readily avail to stock up on. Now is the time to…

Pantry prep – the supply chain

With everything piling up this is what the local stores in bigger cities are looking like. The shelves are remaining empty too. Where before it took maybe a week to restock, the stores have no idea when or if they will ever get restocked on items. Everything from pandemic, union issues, transportation issues, and supply…

How to on : Extended Pantry

Recently I was asked “How do you stock a pantry?”. I was caught off guard, realizing some people actually have never developed an extended pantry. Nor do they even know where to start. They live day to day or meal to meal. In the economic climate we are in, many people are wanting to prepare…

“Naturally fermented” Garlic Dill pickles

Some people cringe when they hear the word “fermented”. But old fashion Crock pickles are just that. High in gut healthy bacteria they are a great addition to your pantry. Plus they are super easy to make- no old fashion crock required. (But if you have one use it ) Georgia Varozza has a book…

Summer- No sugar added Strawberry jam

You truly know school is done and summer is upon us when strawberry season has arrived. There are beautiful days we ditch the books and laptops and head to the berry patches. I grew up within walking distance of the local farms. My mother never had to buy berries at the grocer and it wasn’t…

Lockdowns, underwear & Blue-Barb jam

With the dawning of the pandemic there has been many new “firsts” for us. Like online underwear shopping, because underwear is considered non essential retail, yes you read that correctly – NON essential. Those health board people might be risqué, it is not yet spring here in the great white North- we still have risk…

DIY Extracts- Mint

I sit and look out my window at the snow that fell overnight. Peaceful, It looks more like January then April. A family member came down joking about Christmas … True , something about freshly fallen snow puts one in the seasonal spirit. Instantly my mind wanders to Christmas baking. The smells, and the joy…

Apple Juice – steam juicer

I know it is not yet harvest, but I always try and look ahead. Apples are amazing, incredibly inexpensive when in season and juicing them is just one of the many things you can do to stock them in your pantry. I have juiced apples and other fruit in the past using a juicing machine….

PreFab movement – Home Canned pineapple

I recently read a November 2020 article in chatelaine – What pre cut produce is actually worth the money ? Some of the items on the list made complete sense like mushrooms – which in my store are exactly the same price as whole. Others listed like pineapple openly stated that they knew that you…

Christmas already ? – Christmas jam

I went shopping today, and what did I see- Eggnog. Yes eggnog! the world has officially gone crazy. If it hadn’t already. I know other shops have decor and gift ideas but even the grocer has fallen victim to the extra early Christmas bug- Blame the pandemic – the need to make up lost revenue….

Keep those Bones! Home canned bone broth

A good stock is one of the first things you make in culinary. It is the foundation for many dishes from soups, stews to risottos and pasta. My teachers always said the signs of a good stock not just amazing complex flavour but that it gelatinizes as well when cooled. That is how you know…

DIY Extracts- Vanilla

One of my Pantry basics includes vanilla. I must have vanilla extract in my pantry- which is why 2017 changed how I do vanilla. Most of North America doesn’t even know about cyclone Enawo, aka the vanilla bean destroyer – but ever since it stormed across Madagascar in 2017 – I have been making my…

Mango Salsa

I am a sucker for sweet salsas. There is just something wonderful about combining a salty crunchy corn chip with the soft sweet taste of mango. I remember the first time I ever had mango salsa. My mother bought it by accident. At first taste she expected the hot spice she was used to, to…

Urban Gardening & Bruschetta in a jar

I am trying to become more self sufficient. Although I will never be fully independent like any homestead – livestock bylaws prevent chickens or goats (not that my husband would allow a goat – he would freak)- and our downtown backyard size, active boys and a dog it limits our options – so gardens it…

Chicken nuggets & Plum Sauce

Is there anything in the media that screams childhood more then Chicken nuggets? As a young parent I lived in the dillusion that nothing prefab would ever enter my child’s mouth. Then came a weekend at Grandma’s. My children mysteriously came home and knew the draw of the chicken Mcnugget and dip. When I asked…

Too much of a good thing – Small batch Peach BBQ sauce

Have you ever overdone it on a good thing? For my sister it was cotton candy ice cream. My mother it was dish-wear. For a friend it was wall paper… it looked good in the store. BBQ sauce and I have an assorted past. One summer I got it in my head I was going…

Breaking the Fussy Eater- Canned Sloppy joe

It may seem a little deep South to consider canning ground meat. I have found recently in this dead heat, home canned meat is extremely handy and tasty to have on hand. I totally understand why they can it now with all this heat – (insert Canadian whine about 40 degree temps) The evening went…

Gardeners Bounty- Raspberry Vinegar

I have been wanting to make raspberry vinegar for a few years now. With our first real crop of raspberries just coming in – I am excited I can finally tackle the project. To be honest I cannot believe it took me this long. It is super easy. It is a recipe I learned back…

Hint of Luxury – Roasted Red Peppers 2 ways

What is it about roasted red peppers that give that luxury feel. It instantly takes a dish up a notch. Hummus, pastas, soups even basic grilled cheese – I love the taste smokiness and ease of prep of reaching into a jar. Even better when you know you made the jar yourself. When I started…

Netflix and Chill- Sweet spicy Peach Salsa

Peach salsa – fruity, slight tang, slight spice. Perfect summer accompaniment to corn chips. It is also my go to netflix and chill snack. Don’t judge I know you have one too… My husband HATES spicy foods. I love them – go figure. Peach salsa is our common food ground. I used to buy the…