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#61 of 688 Old 06-29-2008, 04:40 PM
 
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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!

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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!!!!
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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.

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i also used pamonas! IIRC i used less than 1c of sugar in 7c of preserves! and it is amazingly yummy.
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I just added a pic of my boysenberry preserves onto my blog

http://themorsefamilyspot.blogspot.com/

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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" !!
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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.

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I've added a post to my blog, I'm drying my overabundance of parsley and chronicling the process, for anyone interested =)

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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!::::
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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)
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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!
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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.
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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...

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It is like gardening it'self. The first year is a investment. After that, doing it yourself starts to really pay off.
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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

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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.
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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!!:
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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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16 lbs of Raspberries.................$22.40
Pectin ..................................$10.00
Sugar (25 lbs..pantry restock)....$11.99 (have not and will not include in other jam estimates)
Jars.......................................$ 6.99

Total spent on jam today............$56.40


26 pints of raspberry jam....... $ 2.17 a pint of home made jam. :

10lbs frozen Raspberries 1.40 lb. 14.00*

bonus I had five mangos that were about to be way too ripe to eat. I peeled, seeded, crushed and added one cup of OJ, on cup of sugar and one box the ball low sugar pectin. So I also have 3 pints of mango jam. It is really good, with a peach jam consistancy, and a beautiful yellow color. I will have to remember this one for when the over ripe mangos go on sale for 10 for a $ 1.00 at the grocery.



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captivatedlife, try this:

http://www.pickyourown.org/CO.htm
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Hey, I am in denver too (for another 5 days, then its the NC mountains for us ) and Berry patch farms a is a great little pick your own farm in Brighton...BUT...its not cheap! Prices are about the same as supermarket prices (but its organic) and they have great heirloom varieties of things. Also great veggies, and fresh roasted green chilis in the fall!

www.berrypatchfarms.com

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Wow, those are pretty steep prices. Guess I've gotten spoiled here.

Hey, anybody know if Ball makes little plastic freezer jars that are only 4 ounces?
I've got a nice little amount of the 8oz ones, but would really love to find some 4oz ones. (I don't dare put glass in the freezer, not with my boys and husband.)



ETA: I re-read the directions for the "no-sugar" jam on the pink Sure-Jell box the other day - it's only no-sugar *if* you use Splenda. Splenda scares me, so that's a bit of a no-go for me.

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I haven't seen any from ball, but avent sells these little plastic containers with a screw on plastic lid thats for freezing breastmilk that are 6oz. I was tempted to try those for freezer jam since I have a bunch of them taking space in my cabinet.
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Wow, those are pretty steep prices. Guess I've gotten spoiled here.

Hey, anybody know if Ball makes little plastic freezer jars that are only 4 ounces?
I've got a nice little amount of the 8oz ones, but would really love to find some 4oz ones. (I don't dare put glass in the freezer, not with my boys and husband.)



ETA: I re-read the directions for the "no-sugar" jam on the pink Sure-Jell box the other day - it's only no-sugar *if* you use Splenda. Splenda scares me, so that's a bit of a no-go for me.
Yup they do! I bought some and froze strawberry Jam in them, funny they did make me think of the Advent bottles but I think they are a litte sturdier.

Bell also makes it's own frozen pectin mixture. It calls for much less sugar and there was no cooking involved, I'm loving it. Of course this is my first year jamming so I have nothing to compare with but we are happy.


I'm reading the Little house cook book and I find it very interesting that ma's receipe calls for no pectin just strawberries and sugar.

It was also interesting to learn that they would make crab apple jam.
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The freezer jars I used were these:

http://www.acehardwareoutlet.com/(jh...rce=GoogleBase

I also got some bigger ones with the hope that I would have enough tomatoes to make sauce! :

The pectin mix I used was this:

http://www.drillspot.com/products/31...zer_Jam_Pectin

Hope that helps!
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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!!:
Vinegars are great for salad dressings and marinades.

Rose petal jam was insanely easy! Rose petals, sugar and lemon juice. No pectin. Chop, stir, cook and can.

Here's the link to the recipe.

http://www.superluminal.com/cookbook...petal_jam.html

It tastes a little like honey and a little like roses. It's Turkish, I think.

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Do I have to peel them? I got a couple bags from my parents. They are yummy.

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