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Online Exhibit of the Newman Western Canadian Cookbook Collection: 1936 - B.C. home canning and fruit recipe booklet

This guide highlights selected titles from the Newman Collection curated by Jennifer Nickel B.A. (Geography)

B.C. home canning and fruit recipe booklet - link to the catalogue

Geographic Location


Okanagan Valley Map

Originally home to the Okanagan First Nations, cities in the region now include Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton. The hot and dry climate produces one of the largest amounts of fruit and wine in Canada.  Click here to read more about the Okanagan region.

B.C. home canning and fruit recipe booklet - images



Understanding the Text

BC Tree Fruits released a concise little cookbook in 1936 all about the art of preserving fruits that ripen throughout the Okanagan tree fruit season. Everything from fruits as commonly eaten as cherries, apricots, peaches, pears and plums to the less common prunes, crab apples, and blue grapes. This small booklet includes everything the home canner needs to know to successfully preserve the bounty of the British Columbia summer harvests, as well as a seasonal calendar of when fruits can be harvested. Methods such as preserving without sugar, and understanding pectin and water levels of various fruits are important to proper preservation methods of jellies. BC Tree Fruits sums up the bounty of the Okanagan with the perfect recipes to enjoy the fruits of the region year-round by encouraging the homemaker to can and preserve all fruits possible.

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