The Preservatory @ Vista D’oro

By March 25, 2013Food & Wine, Life

From Vista D’Oro. Vista D’oro Farms has created a seasonal line of Artisanal Preserves using traditional cooking methods combined with distinctive flavour pairings.

Whether served on a cheese board or alongside fresh baked scones or hot buttered toast; our preserves are truly versatile, simply delicious and always seasonal! Serve as a decadent crepe filling, try them as an accompaniment for roast pork or simply enjoy them straight out of the jar!

So about those jars! We have been producing the line for retail and wholesale since 2002. The line is seasonal; we do about 6 flavours per season. We use traditional old world techniques, small batches, copper pots, in-season fruit.

Much of which is either grown at Vista D’oro or at other near-by farms by farmers we trust. We prepare all of the fruit by hand and only use perfectly ripe fruit. We do not add pectin, only sugar and lemon juice and rely on the fruits own naturally occurring pectin for set.

This makes for a softer set and allows the fruits’ flavour & texture to maintain its integrity. This also gives the preserves more clarity in both look & taste. This is also why we don’t use ‘jam grade’ fruit as it’s usually past it prime and has little to no natural pectin left.

We also use less sugar than most commercially produced preserves.

The preserves themselves are meant to be used in a variety of ways – with the additions of wine and alcohol as well as the spices, they are excellent on a cheese board with a variety of cheeses or an antipasto platter alongside charcuterie.

They are also perfect for finishing sauces, making vinaigrettes, & glazing meats. Great over ice cream – or cheesecake, they really are truly versatile. They are just as great a simple piece of toast or simple straight off a spoon!

We have created flavours for every season; I hope you enjoy them. – Lee

For more on Vista D’Oro Farms simply click here.

Vista D'Oro Fruit

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