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Adding juice back to pulp to make jam ?
Wed 9-Oct-13
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Xahha
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OK-Just a tad far for me- never mind.

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Wed 9-Oct-13
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Are there any farmers markets near you? Perhaps a local independant fruit/veg shop could get some in for you?

Thu 10-Oct-13
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I was there on,Tuesday but didn't see any quince trees, mainly fish stalls...

I'll try that again!

Fri 11-Oct-13
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Ha ha - you two!! Will have to re-name you Bonnie & Clyde. I would definitely pick them Olga - or ask if you can have them if they are in someones garden - offer them some jam in return.

Well Olga I feel jinxed now - I steamed 8 quinces and only got 450ml of juice steam

I did peel & core them as thought I might use the pulp to make jam or marmalade but so disappointed and also a bit bewildered. I used the same variety off the same trees last year and got much more juice. This year same trees have produced many more fruits - hence we were given 3 carrier bags of fruit but they have produced much less juice. I've got 2 choices - I can either leave them for a bit to see if they ripen (which I did last year thinking they should have been yellow) or I can try a few more but leave their skins and cores in to see if that helps....or actually just thought of a 3rd option I could try boiling them in water first to see if that releases more juice. Such a puzzle with this odd fruit what_the_heck

Olga - as for the rose hips, they are a pain to pick and it really takes a toll on my back as it hates stooping which is what I have to do to get to the bushes, but my very kind jam jar lady is picking some for me this year (she is an angel) and yes I do make my rose hip jelly with apples as well to get the set.

She also has another 10-15lbs of crab apples for me and next week some medlars - I have given her several lots of jam and chutney to say thank you but somehow it doesn't seem enough for all her effort, she is a real friend.

Martin - have you tried advertising on Freecycle in your area for quinces? You never know someone might have a tree and be glad to see them go to a good home in exchange for a jar of jelly. I met this lovely lady through Freecycle and have made several friends this way. It works very well if you offer something in exchange.....might be worth a try. Register for any areas within a 5 mile (or however far you are OK to travel) and see what happens.

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Fri 11-Oct-13
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Muara I used to be on the local freecycle group until I gave away two perfectly good bicycles to someone who was supposedly desperate for adult bikes to ride along with their children as they had no money, only to see a week or so later a repeat request for two adult cycles saying the last ones she got where rubbish!

That put me off so I unsuscribed.

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Fri 11-Oct-13
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There are some very unscrupulous types on there and you really have to be a good judge of people. Some sit in vans with their mobile phones waiting for new ads to pop up and then they are onto them straight away taking all the good stuff and selling it on in Boot Fairs.

But this would be a 'wanted' advert so you would be the one asking and I have honestly had some lovely help from very genuine people. To date I have received a stair gate (for when we got our little rescue dog) to stop him escaping, from a lovely family (I gave their children 2 jars of strawberry jam) 3 lots of jam jars, and more recently all this fruit picked and bagged up for me.

I would resubscribe and just try it for things you need and if you are tempted to advertise unwanted items be very careful who you choose to give to.

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Fri 11-Oct-13
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My experience of freecycle   -or freegle  as it seems to be now is mostly good and I have found the vast majority of people asking or offering are  good honest people - there are some who seek to exploit it or never show up to collect etc but unfortunately a lot of people in life are  like that.

 

What I would say is that Maura is the perfect freecycler - bringing a little gift unasked for - a nice lady brought me a jar of homemade marmalade when I listed something and it made my day.  Small acts of kindness  have a value far in excess of their monetary value  whilst the ungrateful mean spirited ones ruin people's days.  If we can all try to be a bit kinder the world just might be a slightly better place.

 

But with anything of value,  I'd ebay it and then give the money to a charity of my choice not someone with a sob story

Sat 12-Oct-13
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Thanks Vic embarassed

I totally agree with your comments about Freecycle. I learnt the hard way - like Martin that not all are very nice people who use it. One advert I responded to turned out to be a 'lonely' young guy who told me how much he liked the company of older women and wanted to talk to me for a while if I had time surprised Needless to say I make sure now I never pick up anything on my own and legged it out of there pretty damn sharp for an older lady runaway (couldn't make up my mind if it was a compliment or an insult as I had never thought of myself as old) big_laugh big_laugh 

I am in the process of cleaning up a knitting machine which I picked up on Freecycle and will put on EBay to sell for the dogs rescue we raise funds for. I did explain to people who were getting rid of it that this is what I wanted it for and they were happy to give it to me for that purpose. You have to be honest and as Vic says a small gesture to show how grateful you are is so appreciated.

You do see a lot of begging and sob stories and I'm afraid I do ignore all of these. I keep being asked to become a Moderator for our local area but I just don't have the time at the moment - the aim is to try and keep an eye on all of the ads to weed out the dodgy ones and I reckon it would be a full time comittment. I am so glad I gave it a chance though as I have made some amazing friends who I would never have met.

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