More details on this years #pimpmypreserve2013 showcase and how you can show off your preserves at the bottom of this post.
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.
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:
- 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)
- 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
- 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
- Some nice scissors like these ones at Lee Valley
- 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!).
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:
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)
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 email@example.com 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.