Le Meadow’s Pantry is a small-batch preserving company specializing in marmalade. We make over 30 varieties of shelf-stable jam and marmalade, cooked by hand, all natural, and using mostly local fruit. We combine old-world techniques and modern taste awareness to preserve that vibrant fruit flavour. Each season you will find unique and delectable provisions for your pantry and your enjoyment.
Marmalades Our marmalades are made with high quality citrus and we use a traditional three-day technique. This labour-intensive process is what gives our marmalades their rich and balanced flavour. To each batch we add local ingredients such as, organic vanilla and organic cinnamon extract from Pemberton Distillery, herbs and flowers from our garden, local liquor and spirits, local honey, and sea salt from Vancouver Island.
Jams Our jams are made with local fruit available in-season, and are cooked as quickly as possible to seize the pure flavour of the fruit and keep its intensely fresh taste. We try to make as much as we can while the fruit is perfectly ripe, but our jams sell out quickly, so they may not always be available. You are welcome to inquire about your favorite flavour, and we would be happy to suggest another flavour that we think will appeal to you.
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 pans or enameled cast iron pans. Each pan produces about a dozen jars at one time. Cooking jams and marmalades in tiny batches is more work for us, but this is how we achieve such delightful and luscious preserves. Cooking smaller batches captures the bright flavours and the essence of the fruit.
Sugar At Le Meadow’s Pantry, we think that using pure cane sugar and honey to sweeten our jams and marmalades counteracts the acidic taste the fruit acquires when cooked. Sugar also preserves the cooked fruit and helps thicken the final product. Using just the right amount of sugar gives a perfect texture and lets the natural flavour of the fruit burst through. We use pure cane sugar, not beet sugar. We don’t use the same ratio of fruit and sugar for all of our preserves . Each fruit have different characteristics, different levels of sweeteness and acidity . We believe each fruit needs to be treated individually …
Honey We also offer some jams and fruit butters that are sweetened with local honey. These products are usually lower in sugar content than our traditional jams and marmalades.
Pectin All fruit contains pectin, a polyscaccaride, but the amount may vary widely. Certain fruit contains almost no pectin, so when needed, 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 jell, jams can be made with less sugar or using honey. At Le Meadow’s Pantry, we rarely need to use pectin to achieve the right texture for our preserves. However, some preserves simply could not be made without added pectin.
Preservatives We use fresh lemon juice, hand-pressed in our kitchen, pure cane sugar and honey. No added preservatives or food colouring.
Certification 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. The herbs grown in my garden are grown with love, in rich nutritious soil and surrounded by fresh clean air.
Vegan 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.