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Canning – Class 17


Chairperson: Steven Backs 905-914-0755

Assistant: Pat Raines 905-982-0277

Rules and regulations

  1. Exhibits are to be shown in canning jars, sealed. Wax sealing in NOT allowed.
  2. No identifying marks such as decorated lids or fancy labels are to be used.
  3. Please note the size of jar specified for each section. Incorrect sizes will result in disqualification of the entry.
  4. All containers must be sealed tightly to be judged. Label ALL fruit, marmalade, and pickles.
  5. Containers to be opened by the judge for inspection. Jars should be at least filled to within 1/2 inch of top.
  6. Products will be judged on the following basis: Flavour 50%, Appearance 25%, Texture 25%.


CONSERVEMade from fruit combinations; may contain nuts, raisins, coconut, etc.; may be sweet or savory; like jam in appearance and consistency but may be more soft set.

JAMMade from crushed or chopped fruit; mounds on a spoon but does not hold its shape when cut, is not as firm as jelly; spreads smoothly.

JELLY Made from fruit/vegetable juices or wine in combination with acids; is clear, somewhat translucent; quivers when touched; retains an angle when cut with a spoon but is tender, spreadable; has a pleasing mouth feel and good flavour representative of the juices used.

PRESERVE Contains small uniformly sized pieces or whole fruits in a clear softly gelled medium; fruit is tender and plump, is like jam except fruit pieces are larger, and overall appearance is more irregular and translucent; generally softer set than jam.

Port Perry Agricultural Society is grateful for the support of Alltrade Equipment Corp. as a sponsor of the Canning competitions.

Prizes: 1st $7.   2nd $6.   3rd $5.   4th $4.  

Canned Fruit

Pint (500 ml) jars

  1. Applesauce
  2. Peaches
  3. Pears
  4. Any combination of two or more fruits

Jams, Jellies, Marmalade and Preserves

Half pint (225 – 250 ml) jars

  1. Apple Butter
  2. Apricot Jam
  3. Blueberry Jam
  4. Raspberry Jam
  5. Rhubarb Jam
  6. Strawberry Jam
  7. Any other jam, named
  8. Blueberry Preserve
  9. Raspberry Preserve
  10. Strawberry Preserve
  11. Any other preserve, named
  12. Crabapple Jelly
  13. Grape Jelly
  14. Red Currant Jelly
  15. Red Pepper Jelly
  16. Any other jelly, named
  17. Any fruit marmalade, named

    CHILI SAUCEGenerally, though not necessarily, tomato-based condiment with a sweet/sour flavour profile and a spoonable/spreadable soft texture. May also contain a wide range of vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices. Can be smooth or textured but is not chunky. Solids and liquids should be separated. Can exhibit “heated” overtones.

    CHUTNEY A spoonable/spreadable condiment with a distinctive flavour profile that can be sweet or savoury, hot or mild. Combines fruits and/or vegetables with acid (vinegar, citrus juice etc.) and seasonings in a somewhat thick, almost jam-like mixture. Texture can be smooth or chunky or smooth with distinctive, tender pieces. Generally, has the thickest texture of pickled foods.

    PICKLES Whole, quartered, or sliced cucumbers, vegetables or fruits preserved in an acidic solution that contains vinegar or lemon juice, salt or sugar plus herbs and/or seasonings. Dill pickles are exclusively pickling cucumbers preserved in a dill-infused solution that may contain other herbs for flavour.

    SWEET PICKLES Whole, quartered, or sliced cucumbers, vegetables or fruits preserved in a sweet acidic solution that contains vinegar or lemon juice, salt or sugar plus herbs and/or seasonings. Sweetening may be achieved with sugar, white or brown, honey, etc.

    RELISH Chopped, spoonable or spreadable pickle generally made with a combination of vegetables, seasonings and/or fruites. May have sweet or savory flavour profile. Has a tender texture with small but definable pieces. May have some degree of separation between solids and liquid but should not be extensive.

    SALSATomato or fruit-based mixture, flavoured with chopped vegetables, herbs, chilies and/or spices to yield a distinctive Latin (Mexican/Spanish) flavour profile. Can be dipped or spooned or used to season other recipes. Generally, has a chunkier texture than chili sauce.

    Pickles, Relishes & Sauces

    Pint (500 ml) jars

  18. Chili Sauce
  19. Mustard Beans
  20. Pickled Beets
  21. Bread & Butter Pickles
  22. Dill Pickles
  23. Icicle Pickles
  24. Any other Savory Pickles
  25. Any other Pickle
  26. Corn Relish
  27. Green Relish
  28. Hot Dog Relish
  29. Any other Relish
  30. Fruit Chutney
  31. Vegetable Chutney
  32. Fruit Salsa
  33. Vegetable Salsa
  34. Spirited Jelly (made with wine or liqueur) 250 ml jar   
    Prizes: 1st $15.   2nd $6.   3rd $4.
  35. Sundae in a Jar (250 ml jar) Recipe following.

          Prizes: 1st $15.   2nd $6.   3rd $4.     Sponsored by Margaret Taylor-Sevier


One taste of this spread and you’ll think you are indulging in an ice cream sundae. Use it as a jam, as a dessert topping or on ice cream. Add a sliced banana and enjoy a split!


2 1⁄2 cups (625 mL) crushed hulled strawberries

11⁄3 cups crushed raspberries

325 mL 6 cups (1.5 L) granulated sugar

3 oz (88.5 mL) liquid pectin

1⁄3 (75 mL) cup chocolate-flavored liqueur

1. Prepare canner, jars and lids. (For more information, see page 417.)

2. In a large, deep stainless steel saucepan, combine strawberries, raspberries and sugar. Over high heat, stirring constantly, bring to a full rolling boil that cannot be stirred down. Stir in pectin. Boil hard, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Stir in chocolate-

flavored liqueur. Remove from heat and skim off foam.

3. Ladle hot jam into hot jars, leaving 1⁄4 inch (0.5 cm) headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding hot jam. Wipe rim. Center lid on jar. Screw band down until resistance is met, then increase to fingertip-tight.

4. Place jars in canner, ensuring they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil and process for 10 minutes. Remove canner lid. Wait 5 minutes, then remove jars, cool and store. (For more information, see pages 418–419.)


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