SECTION 41 - HOME CANNING AND PRESERVING
Convenors: Helen Ziegler 905-792-7963
Danette Woodworth 905-702-8783
Note: Please use the SIZE OF JAR THAT IS CALLED FOR IN EACH CLASS. Entries may be DISQUALIFIED IF NOT PRESENTED IN THE SIZE OF JAR REQUESTED. Jars used MUST be preserving jars with snap lids. Jars MUST be properly sealed or they will be disqualified. No identification marks such as fancy tops or labels.
Classes 1 to 18 1st - $5.00, 2nd - $3.00, 3rd - $2.00
Specials A to as indicated
Jams & Jellies
- Cooked Cherry Jam – 250 ml
- Cooked Blueberry Jam – 250 ml
- Crabapple Jelly – 250 ml
- Grape Jelly – 250 ml
- Red Pepper Jelly – 250 ml
- Orange Marmalade – 250 ml
- A cooked jam made with two fruits (fruit to be named on the entry tag) – 250 ml
Pickles & Relishes
- Beet Relish – 250 ml
- Dill pickles – 500 ml
- Bread and Butter Pickles – 500 ml
- Pickled Beets – 500 ml
- Fruit Conserve – 250 ml
- Mild Salsa – 500 ml
- Chili Sauce – 500 ml
- Cranberry Sauce – 250 ml
- Fruit Salsa – 500 ml
- Pickled Vegetable not listed above – 500 ml
- Preserved Peaches – 500 ml
- Special: Exhibitor with the most points in Section 41 classes 1 to 18. Sponsored by Downey's Farm Market, 13682 Heart Lake Road, Caledon, ON. 1st - $20.00 gift certificate.
- Special : Bernardin Best of Show Award: Best Home Canning entry in classes 1 to 18 submitted in a Bernardin Mason Jar & Snap Lid. Prize winner must have three canning entries in the Fair. Winner based on highest accumulated points in Section 41. 1st - $30.00 gift certificate & Rosette ribbon
- Special: Bernardin Jam/Jelly Award from classes 1 to 7 inclusive. Best Jam/Jelly using Bernardin pectin as selected by the fair judge. Winning entry must include proof of purchase of Bernardin Pectin (attach to entry tag) 1st - $20.00 gift certificate & Rosette ribbon
- Special: Bernardin Gift Pack Competition – Gift basket/container filled with at least three (3) filled Bernardin mason jars and snap lids. May be any theme and include other items but total cost not to exceed $20. Judges select winner based on creativity, quality of home canned product, value and presentation. 1st - $20.00 gift certificate & rosette ribbon
- Special: Bernardin SNAP Lid/Mason Jar Creative Craft Award – Best decorative or functional homemade craft using a Bernardin mason jar(s) and/or 2 piece SNAP lid. 1st - $20.00 gift certificate & rosette ribbon
- Special: Tomato Jam – 250 ml using the recipe supplied. Sponsored by Marlene Spies. 1st - $8.00 2nd - $4.00
Tomato Jam Recipe
4 cups (about 1 lb. 10 oz.) washed, sliced tomatoes
1 box of pectin (Certo) either crystals or 1 liquid pouch
¼ cup (50 ml) lemon juice
About an inch of fresh ginger (optional)
5 cups sugar
Note: Use the skins and seeds for the jam as well, because that gives extra tang and makes for a more interesting end result with the different textures. Don’t use very juicy tomatoes: the oblong, smaller ones are best. You need more flesh than seeds.
- Peel and grate ginger, or cut into quarters. (The ginger really brings out the taste of the tomatoes)
- Use a large pot to allow for foam to form while cooking jam.
- Add fruit, lemon juice and pectin and bring to a boil.
- Add all the sugar, put back on the heat and bring back to a boil.
- Boil hard for 1 minute. Stir to avoid scorching but watch out for hot splashes!
- Take off the heat and keep stirring for 5-7 minutes to make sure the fruit is well mixed. If lots of foam formed on top, skim that off before you start stirring.
- Bottle into warm, sterilized jars. Use one of those wide-mouthed plastic funnels especially made for jam making to have less mess.
- Depending on the size of your jars, and the juice of the tomatoes, this recipe should yield 5 – 7 jars (250 ml) of jam.
- Serve on toast, bread, bagels, etc. just like any other jam. The colour is very different from that of ketchup, if you are concerned.