10 Tips on How to Make Great Jam

how to make jam Last week we discussed vegetable pickling; this week we tackle the art of making jam. With fresh Ontario soft fruit now in season, as well as Wild Ontario Blueberries and other seasonal delights, we often get approached with questions about how to make your own preservatives and jam. You know, making jam was once a great way to use up second-rate fruit from your garden or to use up large quantities of fruit that was bound for the waste bin or the compost. This has often left the misconception that you should just use second-rate fruit for jamming. You can indeed make jam from less than perfect fruit, but the reality is that poor quality fruit makes poor quality jam. Below are 10 tips on making a great jam.

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The Ins and Outs of Food Preservation

food preservation Refrigeration and freezing are probably the most popular forms of food preservation in use today and these techniques can be used on almost all foods. In the case of refrigeration, the idea is to slow bacterial action so that it takes food much longer to spoil. This will make your food last a week or two rather than half a day and has no effect on a food’s taste or texture. In the case of freezing, the idea is to stop bacterial action altogether and frozen bacteria are completely inactive. In general, freezing has minimal effects on vegetables, but often completely changes fruit to become very mushy. Refrigeration’s minimal effects account for its wide popularity.

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August Civic Holiday Seasonal Produce Update from Vince’s Market

 

fresh wild bluberries Sharon Newmarket Uxbridge Happy August Civic Long Weekend from all of us at Vince’s Market! Here is the seasonal produce update from Carmen. We are right in the middle of Ontario produce season and I am happy to provide you with an update from the Ontario Food Terminal and from our stores. We have had some outstanding farmers producing fantastic fruit and vegetables for us and hope you have enjoyed the products we have sourced.

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What’s the Big Deal About Ontario Sour (Tart) Cherries?

Fresh Ontario Sour Cherries Here at Vince’s Market, we are now taking orders for 5kg pails of Ontario Sour Cherries at all Vince’s locations. We expect them to be picked this week and available for sale by next week. So for those of you that have never heard or tried these cherries, you may be asking yourself, what do I do with them and what is the big deal?

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At Vince’s We Form Strong Relationships

Local Ontario Farmer At Vince’s Market, our goal is to share our joy of food with those most important to us – our family, our friends and our customers. We do this by continuing to uphold the methods and traditions of doing business that we have practiced for close to three decades. The Vince’s way of doing business is by forming strong, long-standing relationships with suppliers, growers and manufacturers of food products that in turn provide consistent best quality products for your table.

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Camping Food and Snack Ideas

Camp Food ideas Summer break is right around the corner and if you’re like us, then you love the opportunity to take a few days and get in touch with nature; going camping for instance. There is nothing better than some time disconnected from all the hustle and bustle of our busy lives. To unplug and unwind can really help restore some much needed work-life balance and reconnect you with the important things in life.

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School’s Out for Summer – Check out Vince’s Market Specials

 school's out Schools out for the summer! As a child this used to be one of my favorite times of the year. Not only did it mean another year of school completed, it marks the beginning of the summer holiday. Recently getting married and leaving the nest, I find myself reflecting on the different stages of life that we go through.

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5 Tips for Healthy Grilling

healthy grilling To grill or not to grill, that is the question. Is there such as thing as healthy grilling? You bet and in this blog, we’ll give you 5 tips for healthy grilling.  But first, you need to be aware that aside from your food looking and tasting fantastic through the smoky flavors and grill lines that the BBQ has to offer, grilling does have a couple of downsides which you should be aware of.

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Happy Mother’s Day From Everyone at Vince’s Market

 Mother's Day Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is that one special day that only comes around once a year, making us all stop and think about how much our mothers, or other special women in our lives have done and continue to do for us. Our mothers are our superheroes, our role models and our best friends. No matter how old you are or even if they are still in the physical world, that feeling never goes away.

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Spring Seasonal Produce Update from Vince’s Market

Fresh produce Sharon Uxbridge Newmarket While it’s starting to look like Spring out there,  it was definitely a challenge for the seasonal produce this year. The weather just does not seem to want to break, which is putting a bit of a delay on Ontario grown crops.

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