Eat local all year long with The Traveling Jar and Food Preservation Day!

From August 3rd to October 9th, learn food preservation techniques with The Travelling Jar. On October 9, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, we’ll finish off The Travelling Jar tour by celebrating Food Preservation Day!

The Travelling Jar—coming to an IGA near you!

Preserve well, eat well!

Savour delicious local fruits and vegetables on site and get a chance to win a food dehydrator.

11 290

kilograms of fruits and vegetables have been preserved!

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people have visited our kiosk.

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Well-preserved techniques

These days it’s easy to eat food from across the globe. That said, eating produce that grows close to home tastes better and is better for the planet! To enjoy local flavours all year long, preservation techniques that have existed for a really long time can be useful. Discover or rediscover these techniques and practice! Here’s to your jars!

Technique 1: Freezing

Shelf life:

From one week to several months!

  • Water in food turns to ice.
  • The cold slows down the chemical reactions that cause food to break down.
  • Bacteria in the food go into hibernation (but don’t die!)

Technique 2: Dehydration

Shelf life:

Four months to one year!

  • The water in the food evaporates.
  • Bacteria suffocate and have no place to grow!
  • The lower the humidity level, the less likely they are to survive.

Technique 3: Canning

Shelf life:

Over one year at room temperature!
  • Cooked foods are heat treated to stop the growth of bacteria and other food-destroying microorganisms.
  • The hermetic seal protects the contents by preventing oxygen from getting in.

Follow The Travelling Jar

The Travelling Jar team has travelled throughout Quebec and New Brunswick to help you discover simple preservation techniques and promote local food all year round.
Practice your skills and capture the abundance and flavours of summer in a jar by celebrating Food Preservation Day on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, October 9th!


Put the flavours of summer in a jar and get a chance to win $500 gift card valid at all IGA stores!

Post your preserves on Instagram

by commenting on the food you’ll be preserving and tagging the person you will be enjoying it with under our post!

Share your achievements on Facebook

by posting a photo of your preserved food as a comment on our post! Dehydration, freezing and canning accepted!
This contest will run until October 10th, 2022, midnight (ET). See the complete rules.

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