Why? Because you can! And pickle, and jam, or otherwise celebrate the resurgence of the domestic arts our forebears held so dear. Put on your best apron and step into our kitchen, won't you?
Author of the blog Toronto Tasting Notes and the canning book We Sure Can! How jams and pickles are reviving the lure and lore of local food (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2011). Proud participant in Tigress' Can Jam 2010 and Chacutepalooza 2011.
Sometimes you don't need to make a whole pot of jelly. Sometimes just a few spoonfuls will do just fine.
Despite a last-minute dash, salmon terrine turns out fine... in both senses of the phrase!
Of all the Charcutepalooza sausage challenge, this one was the most successful so far. Photo by CJ Cushieri
Here are ten tasty treats that can be picked in Toronto and many other urban areas.
I thought raspberry jam was my ultimate favourite. Now I'm not so sure.
Thrifty, tasty watermelon pickles are a good way to make something out of food that would normally be thrown away.
How to put up peaches in syrup, along with other tips from a trip to the peach-growing region of Niagara, Ontario,Canada.
A sausage challenge indeed. It's not so easy to get all that meaty goodness into those twisty little casings. Photos by Niamh Malcolm.
This recipe works with either brandy or rum.
Once you get the hang of making your own pectin with apples, you may never go back to the box. And it's fun to play with local wines!