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Clever new product utilizes farm-field rejects – The Globe and Mail

by pmnationtalk on December 2, 2015338 Views

Dec. 02, 2015

If it’s one thing Kelly Beaulieu hates, it’s seeing food go to waste.

So Ms. Beaulieu, who grew up as a member of the Sandy Bay First Nation in Manitoba, started thinking about the best way to turn vegetables left behind on prairie fields into nutritious purees for use in soups, baby food, dips and desserts.

Armed with a BSc in agriculture and certified as a professional agrologist, Ms. Beaulieu garnered support from the Capital for Aboriginal Prosperity and Entrepreneurship Fund, the First Peoples Economic Growth Fund and others to start Canadian Prairie Garden Purees Inc. of Portage la Prairie.

Her processing plant, which has been running for a year, uses a proprietary rapid steam-infusion process that she designed. It cooks vegetables in four to 20 seconds at ultra-high temperatures, which she says locks in nutrients, colour and taste. The purees, which contain no additives, are then packaged into easily transported pouches. They have a long shelf life.

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