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…

“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…

Home canned Tomato soup

Tomato soup is an essential childhood staple- soda crackers or grilled cheese sandwich to go along side. I became a tomato soup expert over my many years. Which brands where worth buying and which tasted like red tempera paint mixed with sugar. Trust me it is a thing and it is horrible. With my adventures…

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….

Gardens, and roasted potatoes

Aside from all the crazy- I love November & December – yes it’s holiday prep but these are the months the seed companies finally slow down enough to ship out next years glorious bundles of excitement. Like those old toy catalogues we waited for each winter. Well is it worth it… it just may be……

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…

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…

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…

School Lunch Envy – Fruit Cocktail

I always envied the kids that had wagon wheels or chocolate cupcakes or little Debbie brownies in their grade school lunches. It was like they struck pure gold. Every kid in the class would oh and awe when they opened their lunches – others look mournfully look at their own peanut butter sandwiches sadly. But…

Power of prayer, Puppies and Sour Dills

Un.Sol.ics.ited : Uninvited, not asked for, or done voluntarily. We have all had our share of unsolicited advice. I got some at the beach. A Repost – for Canning Season I had a puppy. 1 year has gone by since then and he is much bigger now. He is not a covid dog, impulse buy…

I will not can in a box – Beef stew (canned)

Ok I will admit I had huge fears when it came to canning. Ok not regular canning – pressure canning. It – along with many great things in life – has become taboo – I had heard the stories of great aunt Lucy having her canner explode. Stories of low acid veg going bad and…

A mustard seed ~ Honey Dijon Mustard

Can Mustard? Yes! You can can mustard! This super easy Dijon will take your canning to the next level. Imagine homemade salad dressings, or sandwiches with your very own mustard? Best of all it takes less them 30 minutes to make.