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post #61 of 688
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thanks! i just got a $25 GC to amazon.com HOORAY!
post #62 of 688
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Pamona Universal Pectin experiments results are in!!!!

We made a small batch (2 pints each) of honey sweetened, low sugar sweetened, and all-fruit. Then, we made 15 pints of the fully loaded sugar jam with the regular pectin.

My 13 yo nephew helped us taste test, and we all liked the Pamona's low sugar the best (even compared to the fully loaded kind). We are eating one of the pints of the experimental kind right away this summer. I will hold onto the other pint until later this winter to see how the taste, color and consistency hold up. If it does well, we will do all of our jam low sugar with Pamona's next summer!
post #63 of 688
We made 8 quarts of strawberry jam! It is awesome. It is sweeter then I ever imagined with only one and a half cups sugar! DH keeps eating it with a spoon. It was great my older DS loved mashing the berries.

Here is a picture of our basket full of berries (before they were smushed):


http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j6...rawberries.jpg


Now I can't wait for the blueberries!!!!
post #64 of 688
Wow, thank you for the website! I am excited to try Pamona's. It looks like it would be much less $$ too since you only need such a small amount per batch. I just have one question... can someone post a photo of the jams/jellies/whatever you made with Pamona's? Or, can you tell me if the color & consistancy is the same as using full sugar pectin? Like I mentioned before, the low sugar pectins I have used in the past produced unsatisfactory results. I give a lot of jams and preserves as gifts and if they look "off" I am pretty sure people will not eat them.
post #65 of 688
i also used pamonas! IIRC i used less than 1c of sugar in 7c of preserves! and it is amazingly yummy.
post #66 of 688
I just added a pic of my boysenberry preserves onto my blog

http://themorsefamilyspot.blogspot.com/
post #67 of 688
Hi. I have been canning food for a few years now, although I admit to not trying out a pressure canner yet.

I just bouhgt myself a new food dehydrator and cannot wait to try it out soon. I plan to dry herbs this week . I had an older model but the shelves cracked and broke and the heat was not quite steady enough.

I also try to enter items in the fair. It is fun and a good chalenge for me as well. I want the things I make to look and taste nice..so having them entered and tested there gives me a good gauge . I also get a secret kick out of seeing a ribbon on my jar, about as good a thrill as hearing the lids go 'POP" !!
post #68 of 688
Laura ~ Here you go. The consistency of mine is a little runnier than the freezer Sure-Jell jam, but I broke all the rules last year and did double/triple batches and a few didn't completely jell... adding more pectin or calcium water takes care of that particular problem (I forget which one, it's been a while since I was messing around with it all). The cooked strawberry jam isn't near as bright red as my not-so-cooked freezer jam though, but not all that different from what I see in the store.
post #69 of 688
I've added a post to my blog, I'm drying my overabundance of parsley and chronicling the process, for anyone interested =)
post #70 of 688
:The raspberries are ready: the raspberries are ready:


My husband is currently working 4-10s with Wednesday off. He is going join us and pick raspberries. They have not raised the prices at all 1.40 a lb u- pick!::::
post #71 of 688
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:The raspberries are ready: the raspberries are ready:


My husband is currently working 4-10s with Wednesday off. He is going join us and pick raspberries. They have not raised the prices at all 1.40 a lb u- pick!::::
That is so exciting!

This may sound stupid but how did you find out they were ready?

I never know when to go. We just picked strawberries last weekend. (We're in New England)
post #72 of 688
BB, how are you feeling about that? It's not clear to me.

Hee hee, I'm excited about raspberries too. We have our own patch and they are fall-bearing, so we have to wait a while. Have fun!
post #73 of 688
Blooming, in our newspaper, there is a "marketbasket" in the classifieds. In that, the local farmers post what is available and how much.
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Blooming, in our newspaper, there is a "marketbasket" in the classifieds. In that, the local farmers post what is available and how much.


that's great, I wonder if our newspaper has something like this, I'll have to see.

I'm really excited about the berries too. We already froze a bunch od strawberry jam, I'm hoping to do Raspberries and blueberries too.

I'm not sure that it is really any cheaper for us this year as I've had to buy all the supplies but it has been worth the expereince. I was shocked to find out my seven year old ds was so interested in it.
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I'm not sure that it is really any cheaper for us this year as I've had to buy all the supplies but it has been worth the expereince. I was shocked to find out my seven year old ds was so interested in it.
Isn't it amusing? My 4.5yo's all interested in helping me pick and prep stuff, it's rather cute. We'll see how he feels in a few years when I can *really* put him to work...
post #76 of 688
It is like gardening it'self. The first year is a investment. After that, doing it yourself starts to really pay off.
post #77 of 688
I'm so glad I found this thread: I was planning on starting to can this summer, unfortunately, my garden is doing awful I dont really know why, I think I got bad (or at least not good) compost. Oh well, at least I will have everything ready to go for next year, including a years worth of poop from 9 chickens and worm casings
post #78 of 688
26 lbs of Raspberries cost $36.40

10 lbs in the freezer, spread out on cookie sheets. I have to go get more jars and sugar.

It is early in the season. I will go get another three buckets full. (I have picking buckets.. old kirkland dishwasher det buckets)


It took about 2 hours with one husband, myself, my nine year old daughter and two worthless boy pickers. Not that the boys are worthless... just not good at picking. Everything goes in their mouths.
post #79 of 688
Tell me more about rose petal jam????? How do you do that?

What do you use the vinegars for? That is new and exciting!

We have a big 1/4 acre garden that yeilds as much as I can from it. Every year, we fill up the freezers and the canning cupboard with everything from ketchup to pie filling. This is the season to run around like crazy, but come december oh is it worth it!!:
post #80 of 688
I am so jealous - I want berries!!!! Where do I go? in Denver (or thereabouts). Ok, you don't have to tell me - but I don't get the paper so no marketpages. Where else can I look
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