Jelly is a semisolid mixture of fruit juice and sugar that is clear and firm enough to hold its shape. Jam is made from crushed or chopped fruits and sugar and will also hold its shape. Preserves are made of small, whole fruits or uniform-sized pieces of fruits in a clear, very thick to slightly jellied sugar syrup. Fruit butters are made from fruit pulp cooked with sugar until thickened to a spreadable consistency. (In the interest of brevity, henceforth, jam, jelly, preserves, and fruit betters will be referred to simply as “preserves”.
The preserve must be homemade, NOT store (or restaurant) bought.
Unsealed entries or products showing signs of spoilage will not be judged.
Entries must be labeled with the name of the food, the date preserved, and the method of food preservation. Entries without required labeling will not be judged. Additionally, the label must state whether the food was hot or raw packed, boiling water or pressure canned, the process time, and the pounds of pressure if pressure-canned.
The entry should also be accompanied by the recipe used.
Entries must be canned in clear, standard (halfpint, pint or quart) jars in good condition with new, two-piece canning lids (flat lid and band).
Preserves sealed with paraffin will not be judged; these products must be heat sealed (canned).
Each team must provide its own ingredients.
There are no restrictions on the type of fruit used in the preserves.
While not required, teams are encouraged to source ingredients locally and if possible to grow them in home or community gardens.
Entries must have been preserved within the last 12 months.
Teams must provide a minimum of one half pint of preserves per entry on the day of the Celebration.
Teams must also provide photo documentation of the preservation process on the day of the Celebration. It is preferred that this documentation be in hard copy and displayed alongside the entry, but digital documentation (i.e. on a cell phone) is also acceptable.
Teams are comprised of no less than two (2) and no more than four (4) representing a neighborhood or community organization. While not required, adults and youth are encouraged to work together in this competition (to promote intergenerational interaction and to educate youth about home preservation).
The deadline to enter the competition is Friday, September 5, 2014.
Preserves must arrive by 10:30 a.m. on the day of the event.
The Nashville Neighborhoods Celebration will supply the display table, display placard, tasting spoons, plates, napkins, and crackers.
First, second, and third place ribbons will be awarded to the respective top three preserves.
Additionally, a prize will be awarded for the preserve with most creative and place-appropriate name.
There is free parking throughout the neighborhood and no reserved spaces for cook-off participants. Participants may drop supplies off at the corner of Third Avenue North and Monroe from 10 AM until 10:30 AM.
Megan Morton, Fair in the City Coordinator
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