Archive | Food Preservation

What’s Making Food History – 10/21/2019

Food safety’s in the news again. See these links about very recent recalls and admonishments to food safety leaders not to take food safety for granted. (thanks KB for the first two links) Drawing the line in food safety: https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2019/10/letter-from-the-editor-when-to-draw-the-line/ Whole Foods E-coli recall: https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2019/10/more-beef-recalled-for-e-coli-risk-this-time-its-whole-foods-market/  And here is a story from Atlas Obscura about The […]

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Indigenous Food Practices 1875-76

Indigenous Food Practices 1875-76 The careful observations of an early geologist in British Columbia provide a unique window into how BC’s Indigenous peoples lived local and off the land. My reading has recently taken me to The Journals of George M. Dawson: British Columbia, 1875-1878. The Journals are two volumes edited by Douglas Cole and […]

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Sun-Rype of Kelowna

“Deep roots, strong branches, the history of Sun-Rype” began as a memoir by Ian Greenwood who was a manager of new product development and later General Manager for Sun-Rype Products Ltd from 1952 – 82.  Greenwood embeds his memories in a history of orchards in the Okanagan starting with Father Pandosy in 1859, Lord and […]

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“Let’s Serve Canned Salmon”

“Let’s Serve Canned Salmon” was a recipe booklet promoting BC canned salmon developed by the Home Economics Section, Department of Fisheries, Ottawa. In addition to the booklet, there was a filmstrip that could be borrowed by home economics teachers and women’s organizations “free of charge.” The booklet reflects the time when the Canadian Government promoted […]

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Butter – The First BC Newspaper Recipe

Butter was (probably) the first BC newspaper recipe. While looking through some of the first newspapers published in British Columbia, I was drawn to the first mention of food issues and recipes and how quickly recipes became a regular newspaper feature. In 1860, The British Colonist of Victoria was in its second year of publication […]

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Big Cheese Stories

Jason Allard, Hudson Bay Company clerk, and James W. Robertson, Canadian Dairy Commissioner,  contributed to some of the folklore that surrounds “big cheese”. Allard’s Cheese Jason Allard (1848-1931)  was born at Fort Langley, BC, the son of Ovid Allard and Justine Cowichan, the sister of a Cowichan confederacy chief T’Soshia.  His biographer, Bruce McKelvie, described him […]

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Applesauce the Wear-Ever Way

Wear-Ever pots and utensils have played an important role in North American cuisine, and one unexpected way is in the making of applesauce. A few years ago I was visiting a friend and she was making applesauce to preserve for her grandchildren.  “So much work,” she complained, “all that peeling and coring.” I said to her […]

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