Every Monday on her YouTube channel, food trends expert Dana McCauley gives us the lowdown on the trends that are happening in the food world. Stop by FBC on Tuesdays for a little extra insight from Dana on how you as a food blogger can use this information in your work! This summer, Dana is running her Summer Flavour Forecast highlighting some of the flavour trends you can expect to see playing out this fall and into the new year!
I don’t have to tell you that pickling and preserving are big trends these days. Just look at the success many Food Bloggers of Canada members have had with posting recipes and writing books that educate consumers on these heritage arts.
What is new in pickling for this year is the rise in the number of pickled fruit recipes and products that are emerging onto the market. While sweet and savoury chutneys and relishes have a long legacy in Canadian mason jars, these new iterations feature whole or large chunks of fruit in a truly pickled format.
What does this trend mean for bloggers? Hopefully it will prompt you to develop a host of new recipes not just for making pickled fruit but also to create ideas for how to use them in home cooking. From appetizers (think cheese board); to main courses (imagine a salmon burger with a pickled peach or mango instead of a dill); to desserts (think tangy accent for a rich chocolate mousse), I’m excited to see what creative chefs and cooks will do with increasingly popular fruit pickles!
Dana McCauley is a seasoned marketing executive with extensive experience in all facets of the food business and a track record of taking ideas from concept to kitchen to commercialization. Recently Dana launched a YouTube channel called Food Trends TV. Weekly on Food Trends TV she examines current food trends in her own original videos; daily she curates great quality food trend content created by others in the Playlist section. Dana is a recovering cookbook author, blogger and food trend correspondent for morning shows such as Breakfast Television and Canada AM. Follow @DanaMccauley on Twitter for daily insights about her dog and for breaking news about what she’s making for dinner.