Now, here is an unusual thing to preserve…but so worth it. We first realized the potential of stepping outside of our comfort zone and canning wild foods when we came upon Forbes Wild Foods at the One of a Kind Show in Toronto. As artists we get to travel to a variety of shows each year and are fortunate to be exposed to a number of interesting people and food items. Forbes does a lot of cool different foods and is well worth exploring.
I do recommend carefully researching the type of wild foods you are interested in preserving before going ahead with it because lots of varieties look similar but can be toxic. Milkweed pods do have similar cousins but here in Muskoka, Ontario we are certain that we harvested only the Common eatable Milkweed Pods. When harvesting wild foods it is also so important not to over harvest as this is a natural resource that you will want to be able to can for years to come.
OUR MILKWEED POD RECIPE:
- 4 cups of milkweed pods ranging in size from 1.5″-3″
- wash well and stem milkweed pods
- 3/4 cups of fresh lemon juice
- 1.25 cups white vinegar
- 1/2 cup of white sugar
- tbsp of pickling salt
- a few cloves of garlic to be removed before jarring
- 1/2 tsp black peppercorns
- Mix ingredients together to dissolve
- Bring to a boil
- Add pods and bring back to a boil
- Sterilize jars – we used 250mL and snaps
- Pack milkweed pods into sterilized jars
- laddle boiling brine into jars
- clean rims and add snaps and lids
- process in boiling hot water bath for 10 minutes
This is the first time that we have preserved these pods so our recipe made need to be tweeked…we will just have to wait to see!
Update: They’re gRRReat! Matt thinks they’re perfect but I want to cut back on the sugar slightly. However, the consistency is excellent and the flavour wonderful. Definitely, time well spent.