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As Promised – Recipes!

On the Cats From Hell,I mentioned between the extreme heat we have been having here and a case of bad pectin, I have been having a terrible time getting my jams and jellies to set this week.

SelfieSunday6-27 copyTo have enough stock for the Saturday Market in Osoyoos, I had made Maple Pecan Butter Tarts (what could be more Canadian) and a Salsa Spice Mix. I also diced 2 cups of tomatoes and added 2 Tbsp of the spice mix (I also added a 1/4 cup of cider vinegar as the tomatoes were quite dry) the night before and let it sit in the fridge overnight.  As we always have samples of our products, the salsa samples sold the mix.

IMG-20130813-00006.jpgWe have this great case I found at Micheal’s we keep our samples in. We can close the lid to keep dust and bugs out and we can pour ice around the jars to keep the samples cool, even when its hot. We use spoons to put the samples on crackers. Kids love it. We have had some stand there and ask to taste every single thing in our case! Now – onto the important stuff, the recipes.

Maple Pecan Butter Tarts

Butter tarts are a traditional Canadian treat, As is Maple Syrup. Our son Alex’s, Bosses, Father has a Sugar Bush Farm in Quebec and we are lucky to get some of the great Dark Syrup. I used this to make the tarts.

Pastry:                                            note: I cheated, I used frozen tarts, it was too darn hot to make pastry
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup butter (or half butter, half lard), chilled and cut into pieces
1/2 cup cold water

To make the pastry, in a large bowl stir together the flour, sugar and salt. Add the butter and blend with a pastry blender, fork or your fingers (or pulse in the food processor) until well blended, with some pieces of fat the size of a pea. Drizzle in enough water to make the dough hold together – you’ll likely need almost all of it. Shape the pastry into a disc, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes or overnight.

On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out about 1/8-inch thin; cut into 3-inch rounds with a cutter or glass rim and fit into muffin cups. Reroll the scraps only once to get as many as possible.

TartsFilling:
2 large eggs
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 Tbsp. lemon juice or cider vinegar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup(ish) chopped pecans or raisins (or to make it a real Canadian treat crumbled bacon)

Preheat the oven to 375F.To make the filling, in a medium bowl whisk together the eggs, brown sugar, maple syrup, butter, lemon juice and salt, stirring until smooth.

Sprinkle some chopped pecans or raisins (or the crumbled bacon) into the bottom of each pastry cup and fill with the filling mixture, filling almost full. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden. Remove from the pan while the tarts are still warm.

Makes 1 1/2 – 2 dozen tarts.

Yes, they are tasty (and decadent).

Salsa Mix

We can a tomato salsa that is very popular at the market and we make it both mild and hot. It is made with vine ripened tomatoes and opening a jar in the middle if winter is like opening a jar of summer. There are some greenhouse tomatoes popping up at the fruit stands but they don’t taste much different than the tomatoes found in the grocery store. Its times like this I reach for our Salsa Mix, made from dried veggies and spices, it makes a great fresh tomato salsa.sALSA2Although there is dried onion and jalapenos in the mix, I like to add some diced onion. My husband likes his with a little more heat, so we add some diced Jalapenos too.

sALSA3Salsa Mix (You can make it in a Jar)

  • 3/4 cup dried cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (more to taste)
  • 1/4 cup dried chopped onion
  • 2 Tbsp dried red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbsp dried Jalapeno flakes (if you like)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Measure all into jar or zip lock bag, seal & shake to combine.

Fresh Salsa

Combine the following, mix well: Chill 1 hour to let spices mingle.

  • 1-2 tablespoons salsa mix
  • 10 oz can Mexican-style tomatoes or 1-2 Cups diced tomatoes.
  • I like to add some diced onion. My husband likes his with a little more heat, so we add some diced Jalapenos too.

Serve with tortilla chips.

Salsa Spread

  • 2 tablespoons salsa mix
  •  cup chopped Tomatoes
  •  cup softened cream cheese

Combine Mix, tomatoes, cream cheese, chill 2 hours.

Serve with Chips/Crackers/Veggie Sticks.

Yesterday at the market, we got a large case of cherries from our friends Dave and Jean Evens. After we mowed our lawn, we sat in the shade and washed and pitted all the cherries (4-8 cup bags and 3-4 cup bags). We also sliced 18 cups of rhubarb. Tomorrow morning I am making Cherry Rhubarb jam.

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Looking for Beary Good Stuff? We can deliver – Grand Forks – Osoyoos

We have Beary Good Stuff ready for you and your celebrations over the festive season!

Right now, you can still get:

 CCP  Caribbean Cocktail Pack – Each set contains 3 150 ml jars of: Margarita Jam, Pina Colada Jam and Strawberry Daiquiri Jam

$15.00 each

 Cherry-RW&WWI  Each set contains 2 150 ml Jars – Ba-Da-Bing Cherry and Red Wine Jelly and White Wine Inferno Jelly (medium hot). All are local fruits, veggies and wine!

$10.00 each

 WWI&CF Each set contains 2 150 ml Jars – Cabernet Franc (Red Wine and Tyme) Jelly and White Wine Inferno Jelly (medium hot). All are local fruits, veggies and wine!

$10.00 each

 WWS&CF Each set contains 2 150 ml Jars – Ba-Da-Bing Cherry and Red Wine Jelly and White Wine Inferno Jelly (medium hot)& Key Lime Sangria Jelly. All are local wine!

$10.00 each

 DillPickles 500 ml jars – Classic Ukrainian Dill Pickles (From Grandma Kowalik’s original recipe! They are garlicy, dilly and crunchy). Only 12 jars left!

$9.00 each

 HotPickles 500 ml jars – Hot and Spicy Pickles – These pickles have been made with lots of Garlic and Jalapenos!

$9.00 each

 BearyBags We have lots of 125 ml jars of different Beary Good Stuff products. From Blueberry Garlic Jelly to Quince Jelly, they make the perfect stocking stuffer.

$5.00 each

 RockCreek5 4 – 250 ml jars of pickles. They include Sweet Pickled Heritage Carrots, Hot’n Spicy Zucchin Spears, Pickled Garlic Scapes and our special Dill Pickles

$25.00 each

NOTE: Only one is left!

 RockCreek6 2 of these gift baskets remain! They contain: Strawberry Coconut and Vanilla Jam, Ba-Da-Bing Cherry and Red Wine Jelly and Peanut Brittle, with 2 red Candles, Mango Almond Crisps and Chocolate

$20.00 each

 MooseDrool Our Third Best Seller is Beer Jelly. For Christmas we made Moose Drool Beer Jelly in 500 ml Canning Jar Mugs! The perfect gift for the man on your list!

$10.00 eachNOTE: only 2 are left!

In 250 ml jars ($6.50/jar) we have available:

Blueberry Garlic Jelly (48 jars)
Tequila Jalapeno Jelly (6 jars)
Root Beer Jelly (4 jars)
Orange Cream Soda Jelly (18 jars)
Strawberry Coconut & Vanilla Jam (10 jars)
Blueberry Lime Jam (7 jars)
Beer Jelly (6 jars)
Okana Apple Pie Jam (apples and Raisins) (5 Jars)
Cranberry and Rum Raisin Relish (1 Jars)
Spiced Plum Jam (30 jars)
Sweet Pickled Heirloom Carrots (9 jars)
Peach Salsa (only 4 jars)
Zucchini & Scape Relish (only 2 jars)
Rosemary & White Wine Jelly (1 jars)
Strawberry Jalapeno Jelly (1 jar)
Strawberry Daiquiri Jam (1 Jar)
Red Onion Jelly (5 jars)

In 125 ml ($5.00/per jar): (note, max quantity of each of these is 3 jars)

Blueberry Garlic Jelly
White Wine Inferno Jelly
White Wine and Key Lime Sangria
Red Wine and Thyme (Cabernet Franc)
Ba-Da-Bing Cherry and Red Wine Jelly
Margarita Jam
Pina Colada Jam
Strawberry Daiquiri Jam
Rum and Cherry Jam
Tequila Jalapeno Jelly

In 500 ml ($9.00/jar):

Dill Pickles (9 jars)
Hot and Spicy Pickles (3 jars)
Peaches in Peach Cider (only 2 jars)

We can also put together gift baskets for you.

To make an order, please email us at info@bearygoodstuff.ca or telephone us at 250-449-2896

We are Jamm’n for Christmas!!

It’s WINTER in the Boundary!

KettleRiver&GraphiteMountain

And Christmas is coming – so is SANTA!

Santa

We will be at the Rock Creek Christmas Market this Saturday!

We have gift baskets, Caribbean Cocktail Pack, (Strawberry Daiquiri, Margarita and Pina Colada Jam), Sour Puss Baskets (a selection of 4 different pickles) and MORE!!!

Right now we have available in 250 ml ($7.50/ jar):

Blueberry Garlic Jelly (48 jars)
Tequila Jalapeno Jelly (6 jars)
Root Beer Jelly (6 jars)
Orange Cream Soda Jelly (18 jars)
Strawberry Coconut & Vanilla Jam (18 jars)
Blueberry Lime Jam (8 jars)
Beer Jelly (8 jars)
Okana Apple Pie Jam (apples and Raisins) (7 Jars)
Cranberry and Rum Raisin Relish (5 Jars)
Spiced Plum Jam (36 jars)
Sweet Pickled Heirloom Carrots (9 jars)
Peach Salsa (only 4 jars)
Zucchini & Scape Relish (only 2 jars)
Rosemary & White Wine Jelly (2 jars)
Strawberry Jalapeno Jelly (1 jar)
Pina Colada Jam (2 jars)
Strawberry Daiquiri Jam (3 Jars)
Red Onion Jelly (7 jars)

In 125 ml ($5.00/per jar): (note, max quantity of each of these is 4 jars)

Blueberry Garlic Jelly
White Wine Inferno Jelly
White Wine and Key Lime Sangria
Red Wine and Thyme (Cabernet Franc)
Ba-Da-Bing Cherry and Red Wine Jelly
Margarita Jam
Pina Colada Jam
Strawberry Daiquiri Jam
Rum and Cherry Jam
Tequila Jalapeno Jelly
Hot’n Candy (Candied Jalapenos) (only 1 jar)

In 500 ml ($10.00/jar):

Dill Pickles (12 jars)
Peaches in Peach Cider (only 2 jars)

Moose Drool Beer Jelly in 500 ml canning mugs ($12 each)