Relish your future

Carla Allen
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To commemorate the 75th anniversary of Parks Canada PEI and “help preserve the past and relish our future,” Relish Yo’Mama is inviting people to share their favorite canning or pickling recipe and the story that makes it special.

Your own preserves can go beyond feeding you this winter. Share your recipes and you could win a contest.

Each recipe submitted will receive a special recognition certificate to mark the heritage occasion and the submitter will also be entered into a draw for one of 10 home canning kits supplied by Bernardin Canada.

Relish Yo’Mama was created to help support programs such as Plant A Row – Grow a Row and the Compost Council of Canada.

For those who are into preserving the produce they grow, or that purchased from their local farmers’ market, the website for Relish Yo’Mama is a handy little gold mine.

The developers say that while canning used to be essential for year-round nutritional sustenance, it also became a family tradition and a time to create secret family recipes that would be sought after for years.

“Nowadays, canning has made a come back as a way to preserve locally grown fruit and vegetables. More people are making a conscious effort to purchase food that hasn't travelled long distances in gas guzzling vehicles, or have even started gardening in their own backyards. Imagine how fulfilling it would feel to bring something out of season to the table that you not only grew on your own, but also canned?” states the website.

The site has videos and information on freezing, dehydrating, sterilization, boiling-water canning, and pressure canning. There’s a nice collection of recipes for jams and jellies, pickles, relishes and chutneys, as well as spreads. It even has a link for labels you can print out.

The Preserve the Past, Relish our Future contest ends Sept. 14.

It’s offered electronically and via Canada Post within all Canadian provinces and territories. Recipes must follow Bernardin’s standards regarding safe home canning methods for both high and low acids foods.

Submit your canning or pickling recipe by visiting and following the instructions as listed on the promotional web pages and submitting your entry by email to: Or
by legibly hand-printing the words "Preserve the Past • Relish our Future," along with your name, address, e-mail address (if you do not have an e-mail address, print "no e-mail address"), telephone number and recipe, and mailing the entry to: Preserve the Past • Relish our Future

110 Watts Ave.,
 Charlottetown, PE C1E 2C1.

Entrants can submit more than one canning or pickling recipe, with each separate recipe being eligible for an entry into the random-drawing contest.

Organizations: Bernardin Canada, Compost Council of Canada, Canada Post

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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