Pimp My Preserves 2013 – Gift for the Nature Lover

Pimp My Preserves 2013   Gift for the Nature Lover December

More details on this years #pimpmypreserve2013 showcase and how you can show off your preserves at the bottom of this post.

Pimp My Preserves 2013   Gift for the Nature Lover December

Did you pickle fiddleheads this year? If you didn’t, there’s a link to a recipe in this post to put in your calendar for the spring. Fiddleheads are a favorite,  they’re really cool looking on a pickle plate over the holidays and we think they’re a cool gift to give the forrest loving forager or (aspiring forager!) in your life.

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Get thee to the art supply store! A couple of sheets of thick colored paper and a gold pen and that’s all you need for this. We used ‘Canson Paper’ it comes in beautiful colours, but this year I’m all about goldenrod and grey. Cut a strip to act as a band around the jar, write the name of the contents in gold pen then wrap around the jar and tape to hold the ‘feathers’ in place. Cut a circle out of the same piece so you’re all matchy and stuff. Even the feathers are easy..and kind of fun. fold a piece in half and cut out half a feather shape. leave it folded and snip with sharp scissors toward the fold as tight as you can…unfold and done. I think i’ll use these for all my tags this year too, i’m pretty sure they could adorn just about anything.

I’d give these preserves along with one (or all) of  these favourites of ours:

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  1. Foraged Flavour by Tama Matsuoka Wong (check out her TED talk too, it’s over here on our favourite TED food talks board on Pinterest)
  2. Hunt Gather Cook by Hank Shaw, he’s also got a new book out that’s on our wish list for this year: Duck, Duck, Goose The Ultimate Guide to Cooking Waterfoul, Both Farmed and Wild
  3. Look for a foraging workshop in your area that you could go to together in the spring. There’s a lot of urban foraging groups too
  4. Some nice scissors like these ones at Lee Valley 
  5. package it up in a canvas bag like one of these gorgeous ones from Chester and Wallace (or maybe one from your favourite farmers market!).

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enter your own #pimpmypreserves jars to win a signed copy of David Ort’s handsome new cookbook “the Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook” .

So here’s how to enter:

on INSTAGRAM:
1.. post a photo of your gift wrapped, customized spruced up preserves for gifting
2. use the hashtags #pimpmypreserves and #wellpreserved
(Make sure you follow us…we’ll regram our favourites and also pin them to our Pimp My Preserves pinterest board)

on PINTEREST
1. pin a photo of your gift wrapped, customized spruced up preserves for gifting
2. make sure you write “Pimp my Preserves” and tag us in the description
3. email the pin to contests@wellpreserved.ca and we’ll pin it to our Pimp My Preserves board.

Each picture is an entry into our draw for your very own copy of David Ort’s  ”Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook”. Winner will be announced in our December 22nd Newsletter along with some pictures of our other favourites. Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss it! (top right).

CAN’T WAIT to see what you come up with…

*The name is inspired by the artistry and over the top creativity of customized car culture. See MTV series“Pimp My Ride” 2004-2007. We want to bring the spirit of flashiness to your preserving. If anyone pinstripes a jar…your automatically the winner in my books.

Pimp My Preserves 2013 – For The Cocktail Lover

Pimp My Preserves 2013   For The Cocktail Lover December

 More details on this years #pimpmypreserve2013 showcase and how you can show off your preserves at the bottom of this post.

Pimp My Preserves 2013   For The Cocktail Lover December

 

A bottle of homemade bitters and boozy cherries makes a great gift for someone who loves cocktails (also a great host/hostess gift)! If they’re a really good friend you could buy them a bottle to go with. The bitters are super easy to make, and we just put them into a little spice jar.

Easy Peasy Bitters Recipe

you need:

- Bottle of Rye Whiskey, or Bourbon or Scotch

- small containers for gifting (this adds flavour to a cocktail so no need to make big bottles)

- array of dried fruit and spices: dried cherries or cranberries, star anise (whole! they’re so cool looking), vanilla pods, cloves

easy part:

Fill the little jar about 1/4 or 1/2 with various dried fruit and spices and top up with alcohol. seal tightly and let it steep in a dark place. Give it a shake every couple of days or so and in about 2 weeks gift it…or use it to make an awesome Manhattan. Garnish those with a boozy cherry and you’ve got a party.

The cherry recipe can be found here. Mark these in your calendar to make for next cherry season…they’re a hit and they last for ages. You could also give them a jar of your Rumptoff if you’ve been making that too.

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The office supply store can hold a wealth of potential things for decorating jars. These gold foil letters were in the sign section of my local store. Just peel and stick. I also scavenge the local upholstery fabric store…they have a whole basket of little bits of leftover leather. All tied up here with some colorful embroidery fabric.

Some other ideas to go along with a cocktail inspired preserve gift:

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  1. The Kings County Distillery Guide to Urban Moonshining: How to Make and Drink Whiskey is on our wish list!
  2. So is The Drunken Botanist: The Plants that Create the Worlds Best Drinks (i’m completely in love with the cover
  3. Little mini Cocktail Forks are good for retrieving the cherries
  4. a nice vintage crystal decanter (if you love ‘em a lot), maybe with some matching rocks glasses…like this one over on Etsy
  5. a special ice cube tray to make BIG cubes (melt slower).

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enter your own #pimpmypreserves jars to win a signed copy of David Ort’s handsome new cookbook “the Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook” .

So here’s how to enter:

on INSTAGRAM:
1.. post a photo of your gift wrapped, customized spruced up preserves for gifting
2. use the hashtags #pimpmypreserves and #wellpreserved
(Make sure you follow us…we’ll regram our favourites and also pin them to our Pimp My Preserves pinterest board)

on PINTEREST
1. pin a photo of your gift wrapped, customized spruced up preserves for gifting
2. make sure you write “Pimp my Preserves” and tag us in the description
3. email the pin to contests@wellpreserved.ca and we’ll pin it to our Pimp My Preserves board.

Each picture is an entry into our draw for your very own copy of David Ort’s  ”Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook”. Winner will be announced in our December 22nd Newsletter along with some pictures of our other favourites. Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss it! (top right).

CAN’T WAIT to see what you come up with…

*The name is inspired by the artistry and over the top creativity of customized car culture. See MTV series“Pimp My Ride” 2004-2007. We want to bring the spirit of flashiness to your preserving. If anyone pinstripes a jar…your automatically the winner in my books.

 

Pimp My Preserves 2013 – Book Giveaway

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Pretty much everyone loves getting your home made preserves for a gift at any time of the year. Though the holiday season is a special time to reap the rewards of all your hard work…you’ll save cash on extravagant presents and I’m willing to wager, people will LOVE YOU MORE if you gift them your preserves. But you wouldn’t show up at a party in your track pants right? So you’ll need to dress up your preserves a bit before sending them out into the world.

So it’s time to get creative and we want to reward you for doing just that. We have a signed copy of David Ort’s handsome new cookbook “the Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook” to giveaway. We will be posting a complete review of it soon, but suffice it to say you don’t need to be Canadian to love the recipes and ideas in this book. We can’t wait to dive into our copy and start making some of David’s awesome recipes.

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So here’s how to enter:

on INSTAGRAM:
1.. post a photo of your gift wrapped, customized spruced up preserves for gifting
2. use the hashtags #pimpmypreserves and #wellpreserved
(Make sure you follow us…we’ll regram our favourites and also pin them to our Pimp My Preserves pinterest board)

on PINTEREST
1. pin a photo of your gift wrapped, customized spruced up preserves for gifting
2. make sure you write “Pimp my Preserves” and tag us in the description
3. email the pin to contests@wellpreserved.ca and we’ll pin it to our Pimp My Preserves board.

Each picture is an entry into our draw for your very own copy of David Ort’s  ”Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook”. Winner will be announced in our December 22nd Newsletter along with some pictures of our other favourites. Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss it! (top right).

CAN’T WAIT to see what you come up with…

In the mean time…we’ll be doing a couple of posts for inspiration. We’ll also be sharing previous years inspiration over on pinterest too.

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Matching Sets: you can look all ‘put together’ pretty easily. Just pick a simple colour scheme and group your jars together. I’m a big fan of wrapping presents in plain old Kraft paper (it’s recyclable and multi-holiday/seasonal and cheap as dirt). So I usually start with a neutral kraft base…then every year pick a different accent colour and get some little add ons…like colored paper tape (or washi tape), and some divine twine. You can design your own labels and print/photocopy them onto whatever colour of paper you want.

Or if you sign up for our newsletter, we’ll be giving a code away to download this  “HomeMade For your enjoyment” printable graphics page for FREE up until the 24th. All you have to do is print it on the colored paper of your choice, cut it all out…get a bit nutty with a hole punch, some string, ribbon and/or tape and you’re ready to go.

Hopefully your gift of home made preserves will inspire others to give it a try next year (and you’ll have more friends to help in the fun). If you want to add to the gift here’s a few ideas:

 

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  1. Our friend Sarah (eatlocallyblogglobally.com) wrote “We Sure Can” a few years back, it’s a classic and makes a great gift for the beginner and experienced preserver alike. We’re in there along with a recipe for our pickled garlic. It’s a great inspirational read with amazing recipes that Sarah tested and perfected.
  2. If you really want to get them going…how about a Canning Starter Kit?
  3. A nice set of empty jars can also be the push they need to put something up!
  4. Another book from our shelf is Jam it, Pickle It, Cure it: and other Cooking Activities by Karen Solomon

 

*The name is inspired by the artistry and over the top creativity of customized car culture. See MTV series“Pimp My Ride” 2004-2007. We want to bring the spirit of flashiness to your preserving. If anyone pinstripes a jar…your automatically the winner in my books.

In Toronto? Use Instagram? Enter our Contest today..

We thought we’d try an experiment with Instagram:

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Share your preserve pictures to #wpstart @wellpreserved will pick a random one on Monday April 1. Winner gets a free ticket to our Get Started talk April 3rd (more info at Wellpreserved.ca) or a code to download our mini ebook on the same topic when we launch it in the next couple of weeks!

Our April 3rd event will cover the essential knowledge to understand 7 different styles of preserving and why it’s beneficial to know each.  You’ll learn enough to get started if you’re new and you’ll learn plenty of tips and tricks to take preserving to the next level if you’re experienced.

We hope to see you at the event – as well as on Instagram!

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Pimp That Preserve 2012: The Winners!

We’re pleased to share the ‘winners’ from our 2012 version of “Pimp That Preserve!”  “Winners’ is in quotes because I think anyone who submitted or was inspired by the ideas this awesome community came up with were all winners.

Just like last year (and as we announced in advance), we name a honorary winner based on who gets the most votes.  Because we don’t want to make this a competition on who has the most friends on Facebook, we give away prizes at random (each ‘like’ a photo got counts as a vote so the people who did get more votes have more ballots).  We’ve decided to furnish a prize for the honorary winner as well as 3 others.

Dana is working on an original design/ print or piece of art for each of our 4 winners.  We’ll send an email to each this week and will ship your piece when it’s complete sometime in the next month (as any preserver knows, a little extra patience is well worth the wait)!

Without further adieu, here’s our winners from 2012!

The People’s Choice with the most votes is this amazing Christmas scene created by Alex (of Plaid Raspberries) – it even lights up!

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Pimp That Preserve 2012: The Voting Begins!

We have just finished posting and labeling more than 60 pictures of entries for this years contest (if yours is somehow missing, which it shouldn’t be, send us an email – wearewellpreserved@elevenideas.ca and we’ll look into it as soon as we can)!

It’s time to see all of the entries and vote!

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Pimp that Preserve ~ inspiration

Last one! (I’d love to do more and will post if I do). Now it’s up to you! One more week to come up with some ways to doll up your preserves. The Deadline has been extended to Friday December 14. Send me your photos (640 pixels wide if you can please) to contests at wellpreserved dot ca. For more detailed information see the link at the bottom of this post, along with a link to previous years for more inpspiration!

This is one of my (esthetically) favourite preserves we did this year. I can’t stop looking at them, they’re so beautiful. The last thing I want to do is cover them up…so I thought a little gold leaf was in order. You’ll be surprised at how easy this is. You can buy a gold leafing kit at a lot of art or craft stores. This was Speedball simple leaf (fyi, neither Speedball or Sharpie sponsored these posts, I just use a lot of their stuff…maybe next year..haha!). You paint a liquid adhesive on the jar with a brush..paint words or a pattern or whatever…because this was my first time using the stuff, i wanted a loose look so it would be okay if it didn’t turn out perfectly. I hand painted ‘happy holidays’ on the jar with the adhesive and let it dry then stuck the gold leaf on as per the instructions on the package…a little messy, but super pretty. Green and Red and Gold … pretty festive I’d say!

Pimp that Preserve ~ inspiration December

Can’t wait to see more of your ideas! send them along to contests@wellpreserved.ca

Here’s the main post for ‘Pimp that Preserve 2012′

if you’d like to get some inspiration from previous years here they are:

**click here for 2010 and 2011 inspiration!**

Pimp that Preserve ~ inspiration

Lucky you! There’s still plenty of time to dress up your preserves and send us a photo! We’ve extended the deadline for ‘Pimp that Preserve’ to Friday December 14! Full details in the link at the bottom of this post. Here’s another photo that will hopefully inspire you to do a few of your own and gift some preserves! I keep hearing how busy everybody is this year…I hear ya! We’re writing our final exam for the Food Security course this weekend, Holiday preparations are in full swing, joel has been traveling for work, I’ve been freelancing away from my home office and Shaeffer’s in another dog training class….etc. etc. yikes! It’s been nice to take a bit of a break and play with the preserves. I wanted to show you guys how quick and easy it can be…this one…was like therapy! A little break to doodle with a paint pen, right on the jar (I painted the lid with some paint leftover from our living room, oh…did I mention I painted the living room too?).

Sharpie makes these awesome paint pens, if you use the oil based one’s on your jars they’re much harder to get off…but the poster paint ones are great for temporarily marking windows or doodling on jars. It will come off with soapy water and a little scrubbing and be ready for next years batch. Tomato sauce is like a blank canvas in so many ways…today, it makes a nice background for some doodles!

Pimp that Preserve ~ inspiration December

Can’t wait to see more of your ideas! send them along to contests@wellpreserved.ca

Here’s the main post for ‘Pimp that Preserve 2012′

if you’d like to get some inspiration from previous years here they are:

**click here for 2010 and 2011 inspiration!**

 

Contest – Pimp that Preserve 2012

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The shame! They’re probably cold AND embarrassed!

You’ve been working hard at preserving all spring/summer/fall, you’ve got loads of full jars stashed away in your pantry (closet, underthebed, behindthecouch, alloftheabove). You’re thinking…will i really be able to EAT all of this? The answer is probably yes, but if you’re like us and you’re feeling the generosity of the season (and might want to get other people hooked on preserving) you’ll be compelled to share some of your hard work.

Preserves make AWESOME GIFTS! (Just ask most of our friends/family). While nudity is welcome when it comes to preserves (what?! did I just say that?), it ads to the fun to dress them up a bit…add a little mystery to the giving, or just make them feel even more special.

So, we are embarking on our annual contest:

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Where everyone can share their ideas, and get inspired to share their preserves…whether it’s gifting or swapping.
(Do you know how hard it is to write an ‘appropriate’ post with words pimping and swapping in it? i’m already worried about the pingbacks..agh! What have we done in the name of fun!). We’ll be sharing some ideas of our own throughout the weeks leading up.

Here’s what to do:

  • Embellish, package or otherwise ‘dress up’ your favourite  jar of preserves with anything you like as long as it doesn’t damage the contents or break the seal.
  • Send us a JPG of your creation to contests at wellpreserved dot ca subject line: Pimp my Preserve 2012.
All entries must be received by 10pm EST December 9 2011.
We will post the entries on FaceBook and give you a week to vote (and get your friends and family etc. to vote too!).
We’ll announce winners on the 17th!
*We’ll keep you posted on prizes…haven’t figured out that part yet, but it might involves some limited edition print of some sort!

Details on how this will work:

  1. Send your photos by December 9, 10 PM EST
  2. We’ll share all the photos on our FaceBook Group in an album (and share the link).
  3. We’ll open up to the public for votes (*Like* the image is a vote)
  4. *Like* as many images as you want, get your friends to *Like* yours too
  5. You are welcome to enter multiples but be selective – the more you have up, the more you will compete with yourself!
  6. The person with the most ‘likes’ will be named the honorary winner and win bragging rights.
  7. We’ll share our designs but we’re not competing.
  8. Every like on a photo will count as a ballot (so the person with the most likes has the greatest chance of winning) for a prize, there will be at least 3! Prizes won’t arrive until the New Year.

We’re using the hashtag #PimpThatPreserve on Twitter and Instagram so feel free to share.

Looking for inspiration?  Check out our posts from the last 2 years here as well as the 50+ entries from last year here (the last link is a Facebook album but you don’t need Facebook to see it).

PSA: Pimp That Preserve III Is In The Works

We are about a month away from our third annual Pimp That Preserve contest!

PSA: Pimp That Preserve III Is In The Works October

For those who are new to it, Pimp That preserve will start sometime in November.  Participants (who are mostly ‘competing’ for fun and to share/ get ideas for decorating jars with many different holidays approaching) decorate jars and share photos of their entires.  There’s no cost to enter and people can enter multiple times.  Dana will post some of her ideas to help promote/ inspire ideas.  We often have a few small prizes but the main intent is to share and have fun together.

If you want to see some of the entries from previous years (or some of the jars Dana decorates to help inspire/ conspire), check out our archive of jar decorating ideas!

There were more than 100 entries last year and we hope to make this one the biggest one yet!  Start combing thrift stores, old cabinets and ‘mystery boxes’ for ideas – soon enough it will be time to share your pimped up jars for the world to see!