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Homemade Christmas or Anytime Gift Ideas
Wed 20-Oct-10
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Ruthdigs said:

There's supposed to be photos on that but I'm not seeing them unless I'm in the edit option. angry

Anyone else got them?


 

Yes, but it has buggered up the page width dooberry thing! aargh  

Try refreshing/reloading your page.  The only way people will see the full text is if they go to Quote mode.

I'll try that again!

Wed 20-Oct-10
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Argh - I tried reloading - still no pics for me.  aargh  Tried editing before and making them much smaller too but I guess that had zero effect. 

Feel free to delete the post TA - I've whacked it on my blog now so Heather - instructions how to make a wee gift bag here.  With photos and everything!!  wink whistle

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Ruth, I saw them - as TA said - in "Quote" mode.

Good idea too - must copy and paste.

Thanks.

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Thanks Ruth, I will delete the pictures but not the post.  What browser are you using?

I'll try that again!

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IE.  Don't normally have probs " p'raps network my end is dodgy today.  Nay mind.

Brightspark you're welcome.  Hadn't done them for an age - took me a min to remember how the base went!

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Should be alright on IE, strange that you couldn't see them though.  

It's best if you use the 'Direct Link' option on Photobucket, then the pictures can be enlarged without affecting the page width.

I'll try that again!

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I used the [IMG] code bit, is that wrong then?  Doh!  doh

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Definitely the Direct Link option.  

I'll just confirm that by posting one of my wood object images.


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I'll try that again!

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Yup, that's the one!  smug

I'll try that again!

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Where's that - just tried using what I thought it was and it posted as the web address?

Sorry - getting a bit off topic here.  I've always used the [img] code before.  Pah!

Loving your wood object btw - did you make it?  Beautiful.

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No, not like that, you have to press the little picture icon too " looks like a tree¦

I didn't make my woody thing, but a local wood turner did, he somehow bound all the twigs and small branches together with resin and then hand sanded it.  It feels wonderful too.

I'll try that again!

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Ruthdigs said:

Will the pickled sprouts keep if you don't do the hot water bath bit?  Is this just basically boiling the filled jars in a pan for the stipulated time or is there more to it than that?


 I use the 2 part lid-and-ring jars, so the water bath is to insure that they are properly sealed/pasteurized. I think its going to depend on what type of jars you use.
I think we need Barbara (Devon Garden) to weigh in on the subject, since she is an American ex-pat and familiar with the other methods of canning that are commonly used in Briton.

 

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That bag idea is excellent- just found some ends of rolls of left over and rather lovely wall paper lurking in the garage in case it came in handy...that's my festive wrapping sorted- Thanks Ruth!welldone

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Thanks, TA, I couldn't read the previous page at all. Could see the photos, now I can read it. doh

wave Michelle!

I have not used a water bath to seal/sterilize anything, I just use the more casual British way of sterilizing jars and putting hot jam/chutney/pickles into them and sealing them while still hot. Some (old?) recipes specify letting the contents cool before sealing, and that was never a problem either. The US tends to be more upset at the possibility of things not being totally pasteurized than the UK is, so more things are put into a water bath, including jam. A country which uses cellophane to seal jars of jam is not going to worry about pasteurizing jars of pickles.

Sugar and vinegar are both preservatives, so a water bath seems to me unnecessary. But then, pickles sprouts seem unnesessary to me, too--I like them fresh. I have never tried pickled walnuts, either...

I sense I need to take cover now, while others probably contradict everything I just said! tardis

 

 

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Thanks for the clarificaton Barbara!

Reading some british recipes for preserving, I have been puzzled about some of the methods.

Barbara, did you hear that the USDA is now concerned about water-bath canning, and are pushing pressure-cooking as the prefered "safest" method. They are going to push people out of home-preserving all together, just wait! None of us will have the sense that God gave a goose to keep ourselves safe!aargh

Sorry, need to take this to rants, not presents!

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