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How To Guide For Wrapping Preserves!

Preserves  make the perfect gift for any occasion! Birthdays, housewarming gifts or dare we say Christmas (in September, we know!). So we’ve decided to share a little how-to guide for turning your everyday mason jar into something unique. This guide will show you 4 different ways to wrap and label your preserves. The best part is it’s you can mix and match to find the style you like best!  #1 – Fabric Topper with a Washi Tape Label For this jar of preserved peaches we used a 20cm x 20cm fabric square placed underneath the ring of the lid and decorated with twine. We also used colourful Washi tape as an alternative to a plain white label. It’s super easy to customize and remove when the jar is empty! (we may receive a small commission from items purchased through the links provided) #2 – Tissue Paper Topper With Mason Jar Label We went festive using a red gingham tissue paper on this jar of mild salsa. We love this idea for a topper as it can be customized easily with whatever tissue paper you have on hand! We paired it with the labels that come with the mason jars because why not! You could even dress the jar up a little more with some ribbon or twine around the rim of the lid.  (we may receive a small commission from items purchased through the links provided) #3 Twine and Kraft Tags Keeping up with the rustic feel of a handmade preserve these kraft labels with twine are the perfect label alternative! It’s a super simple way to dress up your jars.  (we may receive a small commission from items purchased through the links provided) #4 Ribbon & Chalkboard Labels A simple ribbon goes a long way! Here we used a pom pom ribbon and paired it with these chalkboard labels that are full customizable and reusable. The label can be easily wiped off and used for something different when the jar is empty.  (we may receive a small commission from items purchased through the links provided) Click Here To Sign Up For Our Savour The Flavour Preserving Class!

Chef Ty’s BBQ Potato Chips Chicken

We’re sharing another recipe using the Seriously Crispy Kettle Chips From Farm to Table Canada Inc.  This time we are sharing a recipe created by our very own junior Chef Ty!  Ingredients 4 chicken thighs 2 tablespoons mayonnaise 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 3/4 cups (ish) crushed Seriously Crispy BBQ Kettle Chips Instructions Preheat oven to 425°F. Add paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper into the mayonnaise and mix well. Evenly brush mayo mixture onto one side of the chicken Dip chicken into a shallow bowl of crush potato chips, gently pressing the chips into the chicken place with coated side down onto parchment-lined cookie sheet brush mayo mixture onto the top of the chicken and generously sprinkle with crushed chips continue for remaining pieces of chicken Bake for 17 min. or until cut chicken is no longer pink. Enjoy!

Oh What Plum!

Golden Plums are a delicious late summer crop. They are mildly sweet and firm and are full of nutrition. They make the perfect snack, but don’t be afraid to get creative! We’re going to share a few delicious golden plum recipes for you to try. First up is this tasty Vanilla Yellow Plum Jam!  With only a few simple ingredients this is the perfect recipe to try, even if you’re not an experienced jammer! Click HERE for the recipe! This next recipe is a sweet and simple Plum Salad with black pepper and parmesan.  It’s the perfect, sweet /tart / spicy / salty combo!  Click HERE for the recipe!  This last recipe we’re sharing is another quick and easy throw together snack!  This Summer Plum Salsa is really just a chop-stir and enjoy dish. Serve it with your favourite tortilla chip or use as a topping on your meat dish! Click HERE for the recipe!

Brown Butter Potato Chip Chocolate Chip Cookies

Our friends at From Farm to Table Canada Inc. sent us over some kettle chips this week. So in honour of our upcoming potato season.. we are testing out some new and fun ways to use potato chips in the kitchen! First up… Sarah, our Agri-tourism and Events Manager, experimented with the Sea Salt chips in her ‘Brown Butter Potato Chip Chocolate Chip Cookies’!  Ingredients 1 cup unsalted butter 1 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 large egg 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp sea salt 3/4 cup crushed Seriously Crispy Kettle Chips 3/4 cup chocolate chips   Instructions Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F Place butter in a small skillet over medium heat.  Let butter melt and then continue cooking the butter, stirring with a spatula, until little brown specks begin to appear on the bottom of the pan.  Once the specks are a deep golden brown, remove from heat and transfer to a large mixing bowl.  Let cool for 2 minutes. Add the brown sugar and sugar to the brown butter.  Mix until combined. Add the egg and vanilla, mixing until combined. Add the flour, baking soda, and sea salt and mix until flour is all incorporated. Add potato chips and chocolate chips, stirring just until the are evenly distributed. Using a spoon or ice cream scoop, spoon the cookie dough onto a baking sheet.   You can lightly press the tops of the cookies down for a flatter yet still puffy cookie. Put the tray in the oven and bake for 10 – 13 minutes, until edges are golden brown and centres are still a bit soft. Enjoy!

Hollys’ Baked Brie

The next recipe up on our Made From Staff series is a baked brie made by our retail manager Holly. It’s so simple anyone can do it, trust us!  With only a handful of ingredients this recipe can be thrown together in seconds. Ingredients 1 wheel of brie cheese (rind on) 1 Hand full of your favourite nut – Holly used pecans! 1/4 Cup of Voisin’s Maple Caramelized Onions Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees Place brie in a baking dish or tray Spread 1/4 cup of voisin’s maple caramelized onions on top Sprinkle the pecans or whatever nut you are using Bake for 5-7 minutes or until cheese is melty Serve with your favourite crackers and enjoy!

Shannon’s Garlic Buns

To kick off our new series of Made From Staff Recipes Shannon shares her recipe for Rustic White Garlic Buns! Using our leftover bread dough that was just not quite big enough to be a loaf of Rustic White Bread Shannon created a garlic and bread masterpiece. Curiosity quickly spiked amongst our retail staff as the bakery filled with a delicious toasty garlic smell and we all agreed we couldn’t keep this secret. These buns follow the same recipe as our Rustic White Loaf, but instead of being shaped into 1 loaf of bread it is split up into 8 little buns! For the Dough 3 Cups of Flour 1 1/4 tsp Salt 1/4 tsp Instant Yeast 1 1/3 Cup Cool Water Make the dough: Mix flour, salt and yeast together in mixer. Add cool water (leave about 2 cups of water aside and add small amounts if needed.) Mix until dough is fully mixed into a ball-should be soft but not sticky. Place in an airtight container that’s twice the size (to allow for rising). Let sit for 12-18 hours. Shape the dough:Scrape dough out the container onto a floured surface. Cut the dough into 8 pieces weighing approximately 0.20 lbs each. Shape the dough by pulling the dough into the centre to create a ball shape. Make sure all seams of the dough are on the bottom and the dough is shaped tight. Place dough on floured parchment and let rise for 25-30 min. For the Butter 1/4 cup of butter 6 cloves of garlic 1 tsp parsley (optional) Parmesan for topping Make the Butter:Add the butter to a small sauce pan and put on medium heat to melt. Once melted add your minced garlic and cook until fragrant (about 30-60 seconds).  Preparing the Buns:With a sharpe knife make two small cuts on the top of each bun. Brush melted butter onto your risen buns and transfer to the oven. Bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes. To Serve:Slice the bun in half spread on more garlic butter and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.Enjoy!

Chilli Lime Butter

It’s sweet corn season! One of the most versatile veggies in our opinion. Enjoy it on the cob with butter salt and pepper, in a delicious Mexican Corn Salad (recipe coming soon), or try it with a spiced butter which is what we’re sharing today! Spice up your sweetcorn with this Chilli Lime Butter with a Feta Crumble! Ingredients 1 lb of butter 1.5 tbsp of Chilli Powder 1 tsp of Cayenne Pepper zest of 1 lime juice of 1 lime feta for topping Directions With a hand mixer or a stand mixer beat the butter until fluffy (about 2-4 minutes) Scrape the sides of the bowl an add all the ingredients except for the feta Transfer to a fridge safe container Store for up to 1 month When eatingSpread butter evenly over a warm cob of corn, sprinkle with crumbled feta and enjoy!

Creamy Strawberry Brie Grilled Cheese

As strawberry season begins to come to and end we are savouring every last bit of it with this Strawberries and Brie Grilled Cheese. Melty, creamy brie cheese paired with the perfectly sweet strawberry preserves and fresh strawberries. It’s a sweet and savoury combo that can’t be beat!  This recipe was developed by our resident foodie and butter tart pusher, Lauren. She no longer works at Murphy’s, but we’re still enjoying her DELICIOUS recipe! Thanks Lauren! Ingredients  1 slices of Murphy’s Rustic White Bread 1 TBSP of Butter  2 tsp of sugar 2 TBSP of Strawberry Preserves  2 oz of brie cheese, rind removed 1 handful of Fresh Murphy’s Strawberries  Directions  Prep the bread:  Spread the butter on one side of each piece of bread. Sprinkle 1 tsp of sugar on the buttered side of the bread. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.  Place the first slice of bread butter side down in the skillet Prep the ingredients: Wash and thinly slice enough strawberries to cover your slice of bread. Remove the rind from the brie and cut into thin slices. Stack the ingredients:  Spread a layer of strawberry jam on one piece of bread. Layer pieces of brie cheese then fresh strawberries the top with the last piece of bread, butter side up. Grill: Cook each side for 3 minutes until golden brown and cheese is melty.  Remove to a plate and slice down the middle with a serrated knife. Pro Tips:  For another added flavour try adding basil and drizzling with a sweet balsamic reduction Try changing the fruit with whatever is in season! This recipe pairs well with apples or even blueberries!

Roasted Garlic New Potatoes

New Potatoes are arguably the BEST produce ever. They’re tender, creamy and can be cooked so in many ways that will always taste delicious. Today we’re sharing a Roasted Garlic and New Potatoes recipe! This is just one of the many ways you can enjoy a new potato. If you’re in the mood for something easier, just boil the potatoes in salted water until soft, drain water & place the potatoes on your plate, smash with a fork, add some butter, salt and pepper and voila!  But if you’re in the mood for a little more flavour these Roasted Garlic New Potatoes are just as simple! Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 tablespoons of Garlic Expressions Vinaigrette   1 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 lb new potatoes, red or yukon golds Directions Heat oven to 375°F. In bowl, mix olive oil, garlic expressions, thyme, rosemary, and garlic.  Cut potatoes in half; spread on nonstick pan. Drizzle with olive oil mixture; toss to coat. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until potatoes are golden and slightly crispy. Sprinkle with salt and pepper Enjoy!

Our Top 3 Must Try Strawberry Recipes!

Strawberry season is one of the busiest (and favourite) seasons here on our farm! We grow specifically June Bearing strawberries so our peak season of delicious red juicy Strawberries is June-July.  We are right in the middle of our harvest and if the weather continues to cooperate we will have strawberries until the end of July! In celebrations of our first fruit of the summer season we are sharing our top 3 must try strawberry recipes. It was hard to narrow it down to just three, but we’re keeping simplicity in mind with these following recipes.  The first recipe we’re sharing is from Half Baked Harvest it’s simple yet essential for strawberry season. The oh-so sweet and flaky Shortcake paired with Murphy’s Strawberries and homemade whipped cream is something that can’t be beat.  Click here to view the recipe!  CREDIT Half Baked Harvest The next recipe we’re sharing is from Bake From Scratch! We’re bringing you back to your childhood with these Crispy Strawberry Treats. It’s the perfect recipe to share with your kids or eat all by yourself (no judgement here). Click here fro the recipe!  CREDIT : Bake From Scratch The last recipe we’re sharing is from Mary Berg and is a must-make during strawberry season, Strawberry Thyme Freezer Jam! The reason we LOVE this recipe because its so easy to do, especially if you don’t have the space (or time!) to do a whole batch of preserving. Click here for the recipe!   CREDIT : Mary Berg