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Nanny Hudson’s Homestyle Ketchup and our latest product, Homestyle Relish, have been well-loved condiments on the tables of generations of Hudsons.

We believe that these recipes travelled to Canada in the early 1800s with our family's early Scottish settlers. Our grandmother, Evelyn Hudson, whom we all called "Nanny", started preserving fruits and vegetables like tomatoes and cucumbers on the farm in the early 1900s when she was a young bride. She met the nutritional needs of her fast growing family by canning the vegetables our grandfather, Arthur Hudson (fondly known as Bompi), grew in his large garden. When the fall fruit was plentiful, she canned that too. By the time the autumn leaves fell, her basement shelves were filled to the rafters with quart jars of homemade ketchup, relish, pickles, apple sauce, vegetables and fruit – enough to feed her family and friends for the entire winter!

The two family favourites were the homemade ketchup and relish, and Nanny taught her three daughters and two daughters-in-law how to make both. Many of her sixteen grandchildren enjoyed these preserves, and they went on to make them for their own families, passing the recipe on through generations. Jars given as gifts have been happily received by friends and relatives who didn’t have enough time to make these family favourites for themselves.

A few years ago, a couple of the Hudson cousins started wondering why Burnbrae has never considered making Nanny Hudson's beloved recipes available to everyone. They’ve long known that nothing goes better with scrambled eggs and omelettes than a big spoonful of Homestyle Ketchup, and Homestyle Relish goes great with burgers, hot dogs, and much more. Sadly, no one listened … until Margaret Hudson, President of Burnbrae Farms, ran out of Homestyle Ketchup and had no time to make it!

It’s now with enormous pride that we offer you our family's speciality recipes. These preserves, with their beautiful aromas and natural ingredients, evoke so many happy memories for us. Our Nanny was beloved in the small village of Lyn, where many of the local children called her Nanny Hudson. We hope that as you savour these products, you share in her warmth and love as well.

Nanny Hudson in the News

Check out our feature article in The Toronto Star.

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Where to buy

You can buy Nanny Hudson’s at select specialty stores in Toronto and across Ontario. We’re always adding new locations – find your local shop!

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