Cooking smaller batches captures the bright flavours and the essence of the fruit.
Le Meadow’s Pantry is a small-batch preserving company specializing in marmalade. We make over 60 varieties of all-natural shelf-stable jam and marmalades, using mostly local fruit, and cooked by hand.
Our artisan jams are always first and foremost about the fruit.We don't over-sweeten or over-flavour, and each jar contains at least half a pound of fruit!
Marmalades Our artisan marmalades are made with high quality citrus and we use a traditional three-day technique. The fruit is hand-cut, and we use fresh lemon juice, non-GMO pure cane sugar, and no pectin or preservatives are added. This labour-intensive process is what gives our marmalades their rich and balanced flavour. Once open, they should be refrigerated and consumed within six months.
Jams Our artisan jams are made with local fruit, fresh lemon juice, and non-GMO pure cane sugar. They are cooked in small batches as quickly as possible -- each batch from five to 20 minutes -- to seize the pure flavour of the fruit and keep its intensely fresh taste. Once the jams are opened, they should be refrigerated and consumed within two months. Jams sweetened with honey should be consumed within one month after opening.
Jellies Our dandelion jelly is made with dandelion foraged in pristine land in the Pemberton Valley. For each jar, we use 365 flowers to celebrate the 365 suns that have risen and set since last year’s spring.
Cooking Process All our preserves are made in small batches in copper preserving or enameled cast iron pans. Each pan produces about a dozen jars at one time. Cooking jams and marmalade in tiny batches is more work for us, but this is how we achieve such delightful and luscious preserves.
Sugar We use certified non-GMO pure cane sugar to sweeten our jams and marmalades. We use a different ratio of fruit and sugar for each of our preserves, as each type of fruit has different characteristics, different levels of sweetness and acidity -- they need to be treated individually. Our artisan jams are always fruit forward, and are never over-sweetened. The sugar we use is from a Canadian refinery that does not use animal by-products, so our preserves are vegan!
Honey We also offer jams and fruit butters that are sweetened with local honey. Once opened, they should be refrigerated and consumed within one month.
Pectin All fruit contains pectin, a polyscaccaride, and this is what helps the jam thicken. Certain fruits contain almost no pectin, so when needed we use pure apple pectin or we make our own citrus pectin. Since we don't use pectin as a filler like conventional jams, and we use a low amount of sugar, our preserves are mostly made of fruit.
Preservatives We use fresh lemon juice -- no added preservatives like ascorbic acid, a synthetic vitamin which is usually derived from genetically modified corn. We don't use food colouring either -- the bright and shiny colour of our preserves comes from cooking them as quickly as possible in very small batches.
Certification Our preserves are not certified organic, however, using local, sustainably farmed fruit is one of our top priorities.
Vegan, Gluten-Free Our preserves are vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free, although our kitchen is not certified gluten free or vegan. No meat or gluten products are handle in our kitchen.