The delicious Fraser Valley strawberries and raspberries are in! They come and go very quickly so don't miss the opportunity to preserve your own! You can go to the farms and pick yourself, or buy them there, or even purchase them retail but do make yourself some jam, it isn't that hard and all you need to do is follow the directions of a recipe. You do, of course, need to have some equipment, like the large pots for boiling and sterilizing your jars.
IGA Marketplace was a great surprise! Not only do they carry canning supplies year round, but have most items in stock right now and even ADVERTISE specials in their flyers! The products we bought from them were also cheaper than the other retailers. And the girl I asked about them led me right to their full section!
We believe that once you start canning, you won't accept the commercial products filled with preservatives and things you cannot even pronounce, there is NOTHING like the fresh taste of your own efforts and the feeling of accomplishment while looking at your larder being filled!
So go for it, start today, the summer is short but British Columbia produce is without doubt, the most flavourful of all.
Why not get back to Grandma's old ways? Why not enjoy it all year?