Every year Canadians are blessed with a plethora of produce, and every year Canadians everywhere bottle a bit of summer for the bleak days ahead. But that doesn’t mean jams, jellies and preserves don’t have place on your patio table. From pepper jellies to spicy celery spears, there are more than a few Canadian made preserves that are picnic and cookout friendly. Here are RecipeGeek’s top 6 Canadian made preserves ideal for summer munching:
Sweet and Tangy Pepper Jelly: Pat’s Preserves (Nova Scotia) – A crowd favourite at the Seaport Farmers’ Market in Halifax, Pat’s Preserves’ Sweet and Tangy Pepper Jelly is the perfect compliment to any weenie roast. Dollop some on your favourite frank for a food experience you won’t soon forget.
Smiling Coyote Chutney: Preserved BC Sunshine (British Columbia) – Made from apricots grown on the shores of Lake Okanagan, this sweet and smoky chutney packs a fiery punch. Bursting with apricots, local bell peppers, and a spicy dose of chipotle and chili peppers, Smiling Coyote Chutney is a delightful companion to pork or chicken and fabulous served up with crackers and cheese. You can find this chutney in farmers markets all over Vancouver.
Spicy Pickled Celery: Manning Canning (Ontario) – Sold in markets and shops across the GTA, these spicy celery spears are a must have for the summer season. The ideal stir stick for your Caesar or Bloody Mary, this crunchy preserve will help take your summer cocktail to the next level.
Marmgarita: Preservation Society (Quebec) – There’s never an hour to early for this spreadable cocktail. Made and sold in the heart of Montreal, the Marmagita is a salty sweet, boozy triumph. Complete with a shot of triple sec and tequila, this unique marmalade evokes memories of patios and frosty drinks.
Mexican Pickled Carrots: Mojo Jojo Pickles and Preserves (Alberta) – Mojo Jojo’s Mexican Pickled Carrots have developed quite a following in Edmonton. These spicy sticks have made The Tomato Food & Drink Top 100 Things to Eat in Edmonton for two years now. Pickled with lime, Ancho chilies and garlic, these carrots are a great way to add some kick to you chacuterie board or liven up a salad or two.
Elderflower Jam: Kitten & the Bear (Ontario) – Nestled in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood, Kitten & the Bear have been quietly making some of the best preserves the city has to offer and their Elderflower Jam is no exception. A sweet, floral concoction of strawberries and gooseberries infused with elderflowers, this jam tastes as whimsical as its name. Keep your eyes peeled - this summer’s batch will hit store shelves early July.