Preserved Goodness

There are a number of ways to carry the tastes and sunshine of summer into the colder months. Preserving fruit and vegetables must be one of the best ways to spice up the season with some delicious harvest produce.

Here are some tips to help guide you:

  1. Buy Local! If you don't grow your own produce in your backyard or at a community plot, consider purchasing from your local Farmers' Market or neighbouring farm.
  2. You don’t need to make massive quantities of in order to can pickles, or jams. There are lots of small batch recipes that can be found online with a simple search.
  3. A lot of the nutrients in produce are located in the peels. When making applesauce or other similar products, consider using a blender to make the sauce from the skins along with the pulp.
  4. Make your own pickling spices. Get creative and experiment with combinations including coriander, fennel, and mustard seeds, allspice, ginger, chillies or cloves.
  5. Remember to sterilize your jars and lids. You can do this in boiling water.

Here are some of the best locally made preserves you may want to look out for. (Pssst.... they make great gifts, too!)

Chef Scotty Cooks

One of the most exciting recent collaborations of two unique local businesses: Chef Scott Yates created this incredibly delicious BBQ sauce using Dixon's Distilled Spirits Oatshine. A wonderful gift for the smoke bbq lover in your family. You can pick up the sauce (and locally crafted spirits) at the distillery. Scott has as also teamed up with Wellington Brewery to create a Kickin BBQ Sauce. It features the unique aroma and bright flavours of locally grown hops. Combined with freshly shredded horseradish, maple syrup and the other local ingredients, this BBQ Sauce is perfect on any meat or fish. Kick back and enjoy!

www.chefscottycooks.com  |  www.dixonsdistilledspirits.com  |  www.wellingtonbrewery.ca

Country Flavours

This local company out of Ariss prepares a large selections of fruit, vegetable preserves as well as pickled eggs. Our favourites are their 'hot' jams, a unique twist on traditional flavours such as cherry, strawberry  and apple. Look out for their products at Taste Real retailers and country markets, including Mosborough Country Market, Strom's Farm and Bakery, Thatcher Farms Butchershop Bakery and Farm Market, Dar's Country Market, Market Fresh, Rowe Farms and Wellington Country Market Place.

Cox Creek Cellars

Famous for their fruit and grape wines, Wellington County's only winery also offers a fantastic line up of home made wine jellies, including spiced russet, apple raspberry, country sunrise (black currant) and cranberry wine jelly. A perfect as a stocking stuffer, hostess gift for the wine lover in your family! Also, check out their beautiful gift basket, prepared on site.

www.coxcreekcellars.on.ca

Green Table Foods

If you're looking for different - go Green Table Foods. Their 'living' wild fermented vegetables are completely vegan, gluten free, pro-biotic and enzyme rich. (A great treat for your gut during holiday feasts!) Our favourite: Kale Kimchi - just the right level of spice, to be enjoyed as a condiment with a meat and cheese board, or best - just by itself! their products are available locally at Fraberts Fresh Food, Market Fresh, Planet Bean, The Stone Store and more.

www.greentablefoods.com

Rootham Gourmet Preserves

Wellington's best known preserve company has a huge line up of excellent jams, jellies, relishes, chutneys, antipasti, mustard, salad dressings and salsas. Our favourite has to be be their award-winning tangy red peppery jelly - a classic, best enjoyed with baked brie or other cheeses. Speaking of cheeses , check out the gift idea section on their website for brie bakers, cheese boards and gift boxes. Locally available at Market Fresh and more locations. See website for full list.

www.roothamsgourmet.com

Top Market Meats

As 5th generation local family farmers, they believe in local food products and the value in their worth. As part of such, they have created a line of delicious sweet and smokey BBQ sauces - perfect for sausage on a bun! Try a "Farmers daughter" with orange undertones or a "Farmers son", a honey sweet start with a kick of heat finish!

www.topmarketmeats.ca

Wellington Made

Unique, small batch and hand made preserves celebrating our Wellington 'Terroir'. Wellington Made uses excellent local ingredients, such as quince, lavender, sea buckthorn and green tomato in their chutneys, confits and elixirs. Just browsing on their website makes you want to try their unique creations. Our favourite: Elderberry elixir libation - high in antioxidants, it is a great boost during cold and flu season and it is a delicious addition to gin and vodka based cocktails. Locally available at Flowers to Fragrance, Market Fresh or visit their website.

www.wellingtonmade.com

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