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Summer Canning


Yesterday I spent the afternoon canning with a friend. We made raspberry jam and an apple onion chutney. Both recipes were from Williams Sonoma’s The Art of Preserving cookbook. They were relatively easy to make, not all that time consuming (2.5 hours to do both recipes) and quite tasty. If you’re going to do both, definitely start with the Raspberry Jam Recipe as raspberries need to soak in sugar for about 2 hours.

Raspberry Jam Recipe

Apple Onion Chutney


4 lbs of Apple, peeled, cored and chopped

2 cups of raisins

2 yellow onions diced

2 tbsp of butter

1 tbsp of olive oil

2 tsp of ground cloves

3 tbsp of fresh Mint – chopped

1 tbsp of fresh chives – chopped

4 pieces of lemon zest about 2 inches long and 1/2 inch in width

1 cup of brown sugar

In a large pot, warm up the butter and olive oil, once heated add in the onions and cook for about 15 minutes. In the mean time, in another smaller pot put the lemon zest, raisins, cloves and brown sugar add 2.5 cups of water and bring to a boil. Once it is boiling pour the mixture into the pot with the onions and add the apples. Let simmer uncovered for about 25 minutes.

Ladle chutney into the jar to within 1/2 inch of the top. Using a clean, damp towel, wipe the rim clean. Using tongs, remove a lid from the water and place on the jar. Using tongs, remove a lid ring from the water and screw onto the jar until just tightened; do not overtighten. Process the jars in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes. Turn the jars upright and check for a good seal; the seal indicator should be depressed. If the seal is not good, invert those jars for 1 hour more and check again.

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Nikki is the owner/director of Seasons Family Centre. She completed a diploma in photography at Fanshawe College, followed by a degree in psychology at the University of Western Ontario. Shortly after she finished a post-graduate diploma at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. She is a Registered Canadian Art Therapist. Over the next few years she extended her education through various courses in psychology, counselling and play therapy at George Brown College, Hincks Delcrest and Cross Country Education. For the past several years Nikki has been running art programs all across the city of Toronto at various schools, community centres, libraries and private homes. She also runs play therapy groups at Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Offices as well as private art therapy sessions. Nikki has taken several courses in baking and cake decorating through the Wilton certification program.

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