Monday, January 30, 2012

Niagara in Jars

I have signed up for my first event: A preserve swap. Only problem is, I have no preserves to swap. Minor detail.

There is strong influence on local food in the Niagara region. An entire culture has been created around the love of local, even in the middle of winter.

Niagara in Jars is taking place on Sunday, February 26, 2012 between 3pm and 6pm. The event is at Rise Above Bakery, 120 St. Paul St., St Catharines.

So, what’s a preserve swap?

The idea is that everyone attending shuffles through their homemade preserves and brings a few jars to trade. Are you stuck with just pickles left in your cupboard? This is your chance to trade them up for jams, veggies or perhaps a pasta sauce.

How does it work?

Bring the jars you would like to trade. Make sure there are labels with their contents and if they contain any popular allergens, dairy, nuts, wheat and flour – you know - the ones you would find on the may contain section of any cereal box. You will receive a ticket for each of the jars you bring. The tickets will act as your currency to get preserves someone else has brought.

If you are interested in joining the swap sign up.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Liberate the Mason Jars!

Gone are the days that mason jars are to be only seen in the pantry. They have turned into a diverse item that can be used for more then their original purpose, preserving.

The tradition of preserving is passed down in many households. Well – not mine! The only thing that was passed down to me has been my fascination with the jars themselves.

You see… I kind of have a crush on mason jars.

Perhaps it is the simplicity, or maybe the versatility that began my intrigue but it is the mason jar budget I am living on that has made me into an enthusiast.

The wonderful world of the Internet and splitting my time between two communities that LOVE local will fuel this blog’s content. The Mason Jar is for the collectors, the creators, the organizers and the foodies.

There is only one rule: every post must have a connection to the jars.

So, liberate all your hidden mason jars, check in to pick up new ideas and get creative. Who knows we may even learn to preserve along the way.