FAQ

Where can I buy your preserves?

Our jams and marmalades are sold at farmer’s markets throughout the year. You can purchase them online through the Foodie Pages, as well as at several retail locations. To purchase directly contact me lemeadowspantry@gmail.com.

Are your preserves organic?

Our preserves are not certified organic, however, using local, sustainably farmed fruit is one of our top priorities.  Almost all of our fruit is either wild, sustainably farmed without organic certification, or certified organic.

How much sugar is in each jar? Why do you use sugar? What kind of sugar do you use? 

All of our products are lower in sugar than conventional jams and marmalades, and each one has a different level of sugar.

Each fruit has different characteristics, and different levels of sweeteness and acidity, so we believe that it’s best to treat them individually — using the same ratio of fruit and sugar for each preserve wouldn’t let the fruit shine like it deserves!

We also carry jams sweetened with honey so the sugar content is lower than our traditional jams and marmalades. Don’t hesitate to ask us which flavour we have!

We use pure cane sugar or honey in our preserves to counteract the acidic taste the fruits acquire when cooked. Sugar also preserves the cooked fruit and helps thicken the final product. We don’t make sugar-free jams, such as “freezer-jam.”

  We use pure cane sugar, not beet sugar, and we don’t ever use artificial sweeteners

How long do your preserves last on the shelf/fridge?

Your preserves should be kept unopened, in a cool place and out of direct sunlight. Each jar has an best before date. Once opened, we recommend keeping open jars in the refrigerator so you can enjoy them for as long as possible. Most flavours, ounce opened, will keep in the fridge for at least 6-8 weeks.

Are your preserves vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free?

Our preserves are vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free, although they are processed in a facility that handles products that contain gluten.  The pure cane sugar we use is refined without the use of animal products or by-products so our preserves are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. All of our preserves contain only fruit, pure cane sugar, hand press lemon juice, and small amounts of additional natural flavourings, such as spices, herbs, liqueurs, or extracts.

Do you use commercial pectin in your preserves?

Certain fruits contain almost no pectin, so it is sometimes necessary to add pectin. We use pure apple pectin or  “Pomona’s Universal Pectin.” This is  a sugar-free, low-methoxyl citrus pectin that is activated by calcium. Since it does not require large amounts of sugar to gel, jams can be made with less sugar or using honey. At Le Meadow’s Pantry, we rarely use pectin to achieve the right texture for our preserves. However, some preserves, like jellies , simply could not be made without added pectin.

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