Pimp that Preserve – Ideas (Honey Ginger Cordial)

Well here it is! our last one…no shortage of ideas this year..just a shortage of time to have fun doing them. Once you get going…it’s tough to stop…but preserves make great gifts all year! This one feels a bit summer-y.

Joel made Honey Ginger Cordial…we keep it in a big mason jar in the fridge, but I wanted to do ONE pimpin’ idea that didn’t involve a jar…

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I found this vintage soda bottle in a local hand made furniture store (Kimberley Jackson does indeed make ‘beautiful’ things…I wish I could fit them in our apartment!). I picked up a bunch for these type of occasions…and they look really cute with flowers in them too.

The re:cap was found in a store on West Queen West (a pop-up shop called BYOB). A really cool local brewery seems to be distributing them (I did some googling)…Here’s where you can get them in Toronto. It’s a great idea, not that there’s ever beer left over in our house…but it works on these vintage bottles just fine!

Only a few more hours to get your own ideas over to us! Entries will go up tomorrow and let the voting begin!! can’t wait.

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Reminder: the deadline for entries is midnight December 12th (EST), after that we’ll post the entries in an album on our facebook page and let the <liking> begin. For all the details check out this post if you haven’t already or check out all of the posts from last year and this year here.

Pimp that Preserve -Ideas (Pickled Garlic)

We made tonnes of pickled garlic for this years Slow Food Picnic at the Evergreen Brickworks. It was also our contribution to “We Sure Can” - Sarah B. Hood’s fantastic book (and one of the prizes!). We’ve been bringing it to dinner parties and dressing it up for the past few months so I wanted to do something a little different….

What else is garlic good for? Staving off Vampires! Or in the words of wikipedia – an effective apotropaic to ward-off revenants!

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So with this post I’d like to inspire you to do 2 things:

1. think differently about your preserves, (we told the kids that pickled beens were ‘witch fingers’ when we made a guest appearance in October at Joshna Maharaj’s cooking class). Make them even more fun, or inspire different uses.  Garlic has a long history of medicinal and health benefits, which is why it also came to be known to ward off all kinds of evil.

2. use what you know: do you love to take great pictures, sew, sculpt, fingerpaint, doodle, knit? find a way to use what you like to do to dress up your jars. I’m not a ‘natural’ crafty person, it takes me way longer to come up with those kinds of ideas (and execute them) than it does for me to do something like this. I love an excuse to design without many constraints or use my beloved press to do a linoblock print.

…combining what you love makes it much more rewarding…so does sharing. So if anyone wants dress up their pickled garlic I’m including PDF files of my ‘Vampire Begone’ labels if you want ‘em.  Click here to get free copies of the source files for our garlic labels so you can print your own (and other handy links, including to the recipe for pickled garlic) !

Maybe  jar of “Vampire Begone ~ a guaranteed effective apotropaic to ward off revanants” and a copy of “We sure can” would make a great gift to inspire a new Preservationist in your life.

We’ve been getting loads of entries..and can’t wait to get the voting started next week! keep ‘em coming!

Reminder: the deadline for entries is midnight December 12th (EST), after that we’ll post the entries in an album on our facebook page and let the <liking> begin. For all the details check out this post if you haven’t already or check out all of the posts from last year and this year here.

Pimp that Preserve – Jar decorating Ideas (Tomato Sauce)

Here’s our second attempt at ‘Pimpin’.
If you missed the first one Chili Peppers you can check it out here.

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If you read the blog regularly you’ll know that we do a BIG batch of tomato sauce every year with Joel’s parents. It’s a staple in our house and we don’t give it away much (we usually run out toward the end of the summer and Joel starts to get a bit stressed). So I had to give this one a little special treatment….

  • I gave the lid ring a shot of gold spraypaint to glam it up
  • The jar top is a small circle of leftover gold and black paper from the Japanese Paper Place (one of my favourite stores in Toronto!).
    - the gold “2011″ sticker is from my trusty labeller (i love that thing), I recently found out that gold label tape is available and was quite excited about that. I just nicked little triangles in the end to make it look ‘ribbony’ (call me Martha®)
  • The label is a two color lino block relief print. I carved 2 separate blocks (one for each color), hand inked and printed by hand on recycled craft paper using my (favourite possesion) little (100lb steel) Showcard Press. Lino block printing is easy and fun, you don’t need a press (I just love an excuse to use mine). The supplies can be picked up at any art store (for pretty cheap) and loads of tutorials can be found on good 0l’ youtube.

Reminder: the deadline for entries is midnight December 12th (EST), after that we’ll post the entries in an album on our facebook page and let the <liking> begin. For all the details check out this post if you haven’t already or check out all of the posts from last year and this year here.

Pimp that Preserve – Ideas

Here’s our 3rd idea for ‘Pimpin’ – Peaches…

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Giving your peaches will be a nice reminder of summer, that’s why I went bright and fun with this one.

  • again with the red spraypaint on the lid ring (hey, if you’re going to do one, might as well do a few and some of ours are getting a little over used so needed a facelift)
  • The stripes are just colorful paper tape I picked up at Rotblotts (another favourite store…got the spraypaint there too). They have ALL KINDS of colors, including some jarring (pun intended) fluorescents. I went with these because they felt a bit retro. It comes off really easily.
  • The gold foil letters are from the local office supply store
  • The lid liner is more paper tape stuck down to printer paper and trimmed out.
    super easy.

Reminder: the deadline for entries is midnight December 12th (EST), after that we’ll post the entries in an album on our facebook page and let the <liking> begin. For all the details check out this post if you haven’t already – our all-time list of posts in this series more inspiration) is here.

Pimp that Preserve 2011 – Jar Decorating Ideas

We’re getting LOTS of entries…which is awesome. Truth be told I extended the deadline last year because we were short of entries until the last second! So we’re pretty excited by what we’ve seen so far and can’t wait to get the voting started over on the facebook page next week.

Reminder: the deadline for entries is midnight December 12th (EST), after that we’ll post the entries in an album on our facebook page and let the <liking> begin. For all the details check out this post if you haven’t already.

Like last year, we’ve been working on some ‘Pimpin’ of our own…and thought we’d share to show you how fun it is and perhaps inspire some more entries! I’m going to be posting a whole bunch leading up to the deadline. Here’s the first:

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Hot Chili Peppers. It’s pretty simple…

  • I gave the lid ring a shot of glossy red spraypaint (after the food was cooled out of the hot water bath)
  • The little tags are from an office supply store and are fed onto some divinetwine that’s wrapped a few times around the jar
  • The lid liner is just a scrap of thick white paper that i doodled on with a red marker.

The spraypainting was the hardest (and grossest) part, you could probably use model paint as well. My main objective is to not damage the jars so they’re reusable for preserving in the future…so playing around with the lid ring is okay.

For all the details check out this post if you haven’t already or check out all of the posts from last year and this year here.

 

Pimp that Preserve…contest!

***I’m working on a post to announce the winner…but if you want a preview…head on over to our Facebook page! (it’s in the photos)***

We received so many great ideas for Pimpin’ Preserves, I think a lot of people are going to be happy to get some stylish looking edible gifts this Holiday season…so without further ado…Here are the entries! Have a look through and make sure to cast your vote at the bottom…the winner will be announced Friday December 17th and contacted via email so we can get the details and send them their prize….“Canning and Preserving with Ashley English”.

**Late entry!! UPDATE**  My email seems to have a hate-on for gmail lately, and I didn’t notice that this lovely entry was sent in on time from Kelly at Eat Local London….. but landed in my junk mail (insert sad emoticon). So we have a number 11 (my personal and favourite lucky number)….so let’s help her catch up on the votes! Kelly Snagged this great ribbon at Michaels and the paper is Amy Butler (love!) Such a pretty idea, definitely approprate for a birthday gift as well or even wedding favours! So scoot down to the bottom to the voting panel and submit your vote now…send it along to friends who might like some ideas as well.

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This one is from Andrea…excellent use of crochet in jar pimpin’, and the green apple jelly has such a beautiful color (and sounds delicious).

Heather and Colette used dried roses to tart up their port pear compote…I feel like a cup of tea and some scones served on one of those fancy silver trays in the background.

Rachelle adds allspice to her pickled yellow beans (we’re going to have to try that), she pimped up this great gift with a real acorn and and some leaf charms from a broken piece of jewellry….she told me it reminds her of fall and the last harvest of the garden…I agree (nice touch with the old crate in the background).

Tamir titled his entry ‘Busker Applesauce’…this is so much fun, the apple sauce is cozy and warm…and is clearly very talented. (I’m a big fan of the Ork poster used in the background – have to get one for my studio)

Stephanie sent us her “Flamenco Salsa”  and her “tongue is burning fiercely”…love it!

The Boyd Sisters sent us some neato pimped out pickled eggs…this one cracks me up (yeah, couldn’t resist!) Ridiculously cute! Go check out their blog The Harvest Kitchen Sisters….we’re well aquainted with the ‘country sister’…we’ve been enjoying our vegetables from Kawartha Ecological Growers thanks to her and her local food guru husband!

Number 7 comes from Lindsay from Uncanny (it’s uncanny how many people we know from Sackville!..sorry, i’m on a roll). The picture makes me think of summer, love the pretty card attached with a simple ribbon…it feels so fresh. Lindsay has some brandied vegan mincemeat on her site…tis the season.

Kaela from Local Kitchen did so many I had trouble choosing just 3…you can see everything she did on her blog Including a recipe on designing your own label…..I chose the 9 chili salsa because I love the radio active label and the dried chilli from her own CSA

I loved this one because she sourced this prettiness from her own back yard (and i’m envious…if i did that i’d have to use an old coffee cup and a discarded chip bag…boo)

Kaela dressed up her spicy garlic cucumber pickles for Hanukkah with some spare buttons and some beautiful bits of ribbon…super clean looking.

Number 9 comes from our friend Diana at Flohaus, she made this ‘preserve cozy’ out of bits of old sweaters (probably left over from her AWESOME contribution to the Chair Affair). There’s a little window in the top so you don’t miss the label (one of our business cards!) and it unzips to reveal the preserve…zuccini relish that inspired the colors of the cozy. I wish I was better at sewing! Diana has put up a post with instructions….

and finally (a nice even number) 10 is from Laura at Cubitts Organics (where you can order rare and heirloom seeds for your garden!). She had a great idea to repurpose old holiday cards (you could get tonnes of vintage ones on ebay)…i love the snowflake punch idea…it would show the gold or silver jar lid underneath.

Well that was fun! Now it’s time to vote:

If you missed our ìnspiration`posts, click here to see a list of all the posts in this series (and even more ideas on wrapping your jars).  We`d also love to get lots of comments to share with the brave souls who joined in on the fun – love them all..

Pimp that Preserve ~ inspiration 6

I’m in the process of going through all the entries and setting up the post for voting! Lots of fantastic contributions. I thought I’d post one last inspiration piece….from my mom. I was visiting my parents while Joel was in Scotland, and spent time up there pimpin’ some preserves and mom wanted in on the action. I gave her the big jar of tomato sauce and an ‘award’ that I picked up at Value Village for inspiration…and she decided to dress it for the oscars! So here’s her red carpet ready couture gown fit for tomato sauce – a little shiny fabric, some faux silk and some glittery jewels…voila!

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Pimp that Preserve ~ inspiration 5 (deadline extension)

There`s a link way down at the bottom to all of the jars in this series so far..

True North Strong and Free! Feeling a little patriotic about our wild blueberry jam sweetened with maple syrup…it’s one of my ALL TIME FAVORITES…on toast…dribbled over goat cheese…sigh. I think Joel definitely earned his preserving badge with this one. I found some old charms at the flea market…yes…that’s Toronto’s City Hall (haha). Sewed a little band out of some plaid flannel (yes, my sewing skills are wayyy less than stellar…but it’s rustic!), attached with a nice red maple leaf button and adorned the top with a label inspired by girl guide and scout badges. Remember this one come Canada Day or cozy up in front of a fire in some flannel pajamas and crack into the wild blueberry goodness (a nice adition to a cocktail maybe??). Keep cozy…d.

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I love a deadline extension! it’s been a busy week and I’ve been so excited to see some of the contributions come in. I know people are busy this time of year and i’m feeling ‘in the spirit’ so i’m extending the deadline to Monday December 6th…If you’ve already contributed, feel free to send along another, no limit to how many entries you can contribute. There’s some great ideas …check out this one from Diana at Flohaus (my talented interior design consultant friend!)…..She’s given us a little preview of her contribution and even shown how she did it…

Come on! send me your ideas! You could win a great book…..

Here’s the Details:

* 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 wearewellpreserved at elevenideas dot ca subject line: Pimp my Preserve.

Deadline Extended to December 6th at 10pm EST!

We will post the entries and leave it to you guys to vote for a winner! Winner will be announced the 2nd week of December.
The winner will be contacted by email and receive an autographed copy of “Canning & Preserving with Ashley English”
**have fun!**
Wanna see more. Click here for links to them all.

Pimp that Preserve ~ Inspiration 4 (contest info included)

There`s a link way down at the bottom to all of the jars in this series so far..

Don’t mess with peaches! More fun Pimpin’ Preserves!

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It doesn’t have to be holiday, or winter themed! I just needed an excuse to use this great cowhide upholstery remnant that I found at MacFab. When I found the little texas souvenir spoon it seemed like a perfect match. My grandmother collected these spoons, she had tonnes of them…now they are in my Mum’s possesion. It was fun going through the (50+) spoons….ranging from LasVegas, to Saskatchewan and PEI to California. There was even one from the St.Albert Figure Skating Club (of which I was a member a looong time ago). Talking about my grandmother and hearing about the spoons, a lot of which had been brought back by my dad from business trips or from holidays). This one also gave me an excuse to use some of the fonts in the wild west font pack I bought a while ago…i love them, but they have limited use for my clients Pimp that Preserve ~ Inspiration 4 (contest info included) wellpreservedpimpsthatpreserve November

Come on! send me your ideas! You could win a great book…..

Here’s the Details:

* 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 wearewellpreserved at elevenideas dot ca subject line: Pimp my Preserve.

All entries must be received by 10pm EST November 29th, 2010.

We will post the entries and leave it to you guys to vote for a winner! Winner will be announced the 2nd week of December.
The winner will be contacted by email and receive an autographed copy of “Canning & Preserving with Ashley English”
**have fun!**
Wanna see more. Click here for links to them all.

Pimp that Preserve ~ inspiration 3 (contest info included).

For links to the entire series, look way down at the bottom and you`ll find a tag to each of the posts in this series.

Here’s hoping that a lot of you are spending this weekend getting ready for the holiday…and perhaps Pimpin’ some Preserves for presents…entries have been a bit sparse and i’d LOOOOVE to give away this fantastic book “Canning and Preserving with Ashley English” (it’s great for beginners and experienced canners will find lots of inspiration). We also have a copy of Ashley’s book on Keeping Chickens that we’ll be finding a home for early in the new year. Contest info is at the bottom of the post…I’ve been having fun dressing up some jars…once you get into it you just want to keep going…beats the heck out of going to the mall for presents and I’ve been able to repurpose a lot of stuff I had around. I promise, you’ll look like a rock star if you show up at a dinner party with a fully pimped preserve.

I’m visiting my parents, just over an hour’s drive north of Toronto, we got totally dumped with snow in the early hours this morning. The first snow is always exciting but this was like going from fall to full on winter in a matter of hours. I took a big long walk with my dad and Shaeffer this morning down an old railway trail through the country (part of the trans canada trail)…beautiful sunny morning, I forgot how a big hit of snow seems to dull all the noise…really enjoyed the quiet.

So here’s my Pimped out preserve du jour….inspired by snowy days. Nothing warms you up like Carrot Cake Jam….yum.

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- I used the sleeve of a sweater from value village (someone had shrunk it up good for me!)

- some snowy decor pinecones were also found at value village

- got the tiny little string of lights from my mom, she has a big box of random things (guess i come by my collecting honestly)

- i did buy the little dear at a toy shop when we were out shopping yesterday, thought it would be a cute addition to a jar

- used a brother p-touch to make an adhesive label

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Here’s the Details:

* 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 wearewellpreserved at elevenideas dot ca subject line: Pimp my Preserve.

All entries must be received by 10pm EST November 29th, 2010.

We will post the entries and leave it to you guys to vote for a winner! Winner will be announced the 2nd week of December.
The winner will be contacted by email and receive an autographed copy of “Canning & Preserving with Ashley English”
**have fun!**
Wanna see more. Click here for links to them all.