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Homemade Christmas or Anytime Gift Ideas
Wed 20-Oct-10
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Toffeeapple
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Sounds as though the USDA is getting like our Health and Safety gurus " too scared to let people do what they want to do.

I'll try that again!

Wed 20-Oct-10
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devongarden said:

A country which uses cellophane to seal jars of jam is not going to worry about pasteurizing jars of pickles.


*snort*!! big_laugh  Brilliant - and true.  Cool - I'll just seal after putting hot stuff in jars then.  Thank you! cheers

Thu 21-Oct-10
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Hi Ruth,

I made passata for my daughter last week (she had a glut of large tomatoes, and was too busy organising an event in her town to do it herself - or so she said!! whistle)

Anyway, after filling regular jars (using Branston-type jars, which have dimpled lids), I popped them into a saucepan, and brought the water level up to the necks of the jars, and cooked for 20 minutes. As they cooled down, the dimples 'popped' and they became inverted, which, according to the recipe meant they were fine for a year (probably more, but just playing safe!).

Hope this helps!

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Sat 23-Oct-10
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Hey, Ruth - sorry to be so tardy in thanking you for the lovely instructions on making gift bags - I completely forgot which thread I'd put my query on. doh I'm looking forward to having a go. 

Regarding jars for jams/jellies etc - has anyone used old coffee jars, with the plastic lids?  This type of jar seems to have an especially deep neck, so it's difficult to find a plastic-coated metal lid replacement that will give a good tight fit.  Is it okay to use the original plastic lids?  What I don't like about them is that they usually have the brand name stamped into them, so they do not look so good as gifts, so I tend to avoid them.  I'm pretty low on jars, though, at present, and someone has offered me a load of empty coffee jars, which would be okay for my own use, I suppose.

 

BS - Mmmmm - Passata!  Must grow an ENORMOUS amount of tomatoes next year.  I'm already down to my very last home grown tomato of the year.cry What variety do you recommend for bottling (ie in terms of flavour and quantity) ?  I had some free seed from the British Red Cross last year (one of their little 'thank-you's to supporters) which were lovely.  Turned out to be Gardeners Delight - re-named by me as Red Cross.smile

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Sun 24-Oct-10
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Heather, I posted some test results from Which? Gardening magazine in a new thread, leat it be lost in this one.

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I have used old coffee jars before now and I think as long as your sensible with them they are fine for the shorter term, just don't expect the stuff inside to last for years.cheers

Mon 25-Oct-10
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Ruthdigs asked about wineglass charms (dinky things you can put around the stem of your glass so you can tell which one is yours, as most wine glasses look pretty much the same)

I got some .9mm black coated copper wire, a used film canister (remember those?), wire cutters, needle nose pliers and some beads with at least a.9mm hole in (Top Tip - beads with smaller holes won't fit on the wire). I've also done some more, which are on green coloured .6mm wire. It's less rigid than the .9mm wire, so I'm not sure how well it will stand up. I've got some .8mm silver plated wire also, which I have greater confidence in.

Using the needle nose pliers I made a small loop at the end of the wire (about the diameter of  half way down the pliers nose, I guess 3mm) then wrapped the wire around the film canister until it just overlaped, and cut it. I then realised that actually it might be easier to not turn the end until after you've put the beads on, as generally you'll want to make the pattern symmetrical, and this is easier to do if you can add or take away from both sides. 

Then feed the beads on in whatever pattern you fancy, though the patterns need to be distinguishable from each other. Then turn the cut end of the wire in the same was as you did the first bit (or as you didn't do the first end, in which case you now need to do both ends, in order to stop the beads coming off)and tease the wire into a slightly tighter circle, so that the ends overlap by about 1cm to be sure the charm won't fall off the stem of your glass.

et voi la.

 

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Tue 26-Oct-10
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Yay - thank you!  welldone big_hug  Put a pic on so everyone can see how pretty they are. star

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sorry,  Ruth, I forgot I'd posted anything in here,so haven't come back to check it since! Sometimes I'm not entirely with it.

 

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Rae Mond said:

 Sometimes I'm not entirely with it.

 


 And you think anyone else on here is??! big_laughrunaway

Mon 1-Nov-10
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Rae Mond, Ruth and Heather - and anyone else who is into crafting, I found this site and I thought it had an enormous amount of good ideas  ok , in particular using old Christmas cards (why can't I throw mine away?), which is a good way of clearing out some of my drawers/cupboards/boxes etc. !!

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Ooh dear, that's a dangerous site BS!  whistle  Here is another way of making little boxes from cards.

I'll try that again!

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............ thanks, TA, and this one too (like the music too)

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Hmm, I got this response when I tried to open that site -

Server Error

I'll try again later...

I'll try that again!

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I think this might be the one¦

I'll try that again!

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