Archive | Food Preservation

Bulmans Cannery – the dehydration industry in Vernon

In 1927 Thomas Bulman of Bulman’s Limited spoke to the Vernon Rotary Club about a “dry story” – the development of the dehydration industry in Vernon.[i]  The Bulman Cannery dominated the Vernon landscape for fifty years.[ii] Bulman had started the firm in 1916 on a 4,000-acre ranch 16 kilometers north of Kelowna.[iii] The company had […]

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Cherry Olives

This final look at mock food considers the use of one ingredient to create a food that is not locally available, for example, the use of cherries to make Cherry Olives. The Okanagan area of British Columbia has an abundance of cherries in the summer months but olives don’t grow here. It’s not clear when […]

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Salmon Canneries in BC – the Smith Butcher Machine

If you follow the BC Food History Facebook page, you’ll see a recent post about Joe Coyle, the BC man who invented the egg carton. There’s another invention that deserves recognition for even more long-reaching effects on the BC food industry. The Smith Butcher Machine (also known as the “Iron Chink”) was both a technological […]

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Taking Refrigeration for Granted

The current cold snap notwithstanding, we take refrigeration for granted these days. We expect that perishable produce will be available to us year round and that we can keep milk in the refrigerator for two weeks. In the not-so-distant past refrigeration was out of reach for ordinary people. Up to the 19th Century, perishable or […]

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Buffaloberry – A Super Fruit

The buffaloberry (Shepherdia canadensi), also known as bulberry, soopolallie, soapberry or foamberry, is a old/new super fruit that grows in every province across Canada (except PEI) and also the western and northern United States. The buffaloberry bush grows one to four metres high in open forests and thickets and has slim grey-green leaves.  It can […]

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Blackberries – delicious or dastardly? Many people love to pick this free fruit that grows in abundance from Vancouver Island to the Okanagan to Haida Gwaii. Blackberries are also considered to be a scourge; they’re prickly and invasive, creating impenetrable brambles and impossible to harvest without injuring oneself. It’s interesting to note that there are […]

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