Presumedly there’s water involved in this recipe, given the boiling requirement, but we’ve no idea how much.

The BCER at the bottom of the recipe refers to the British Columbia Electric Railway. How that organization, which eventually became BC Transit, applies to pickled fruit recipes stems from the company also being a major supplier of electricity to the province. Indeed, it was known as Vancouver Electric Railway and Light Company Limited in 1890 when a three-way merger created BCER. After the railway side of the operation was shuttered in the 30′s, the company would eventually be taken over by the government and merged with BC Hydro.

Long story short: Electricity producers long had a side business in selling electric appliances to ensure growing use of their core product. And showing homemakers the wonderful things they could cook on an electric stove was an ongoing mission.

And so it was that, on occasion, Edith Adams food pages would run a recipe that would partner up with a story or ad series that promoted the big local business.

Depression era advertorials, ladies and gentlemen.

3 Responses to “Ground Cherries, Cape Gooseberries or Strawberry Tomatoes” Subscribe

  1. moggie January 20, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

    Actually, you might not need extra water if the fruit and sugar sit overnight. A lot of juice comes out of soft fruit when it stand with sugar; look at how much juice you get from strawberries, sliced, with added sugar.

  2. Mary March 21, 2014 at 11:15 pm #

    Yep, I agree, I would not add water to this.

  3. Jill July 31, 2014 at 9:01 am #

    i wonder if the statement referred to the canning process.?. Boiling the cans for 30min instead of the 15 it called for in my blueberry jam recipe… Otherwise, I’ll give it a whirl today and let you know how it comes out! :-D

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