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Apple & Pear Jam/Jelly
Thu 1-Nov-12
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mauramac
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We seem to have quite a few apples in storage in garage at the moment but I don't think they will be keepers so was going to make apple chutney but then wondered if I could make jam or jelly with them. Plus pears seem to be reasonable price at moment so thought maybe a combination of the two might be nice.

So – has anyone made apple/pear jam or jelly – is it worth making or is flavour a bit bland? If so I'll revert to Plan A and make chutney chef

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Fri 2-Nov-12
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Thinkit would be nice but nothing spectacular, I'd got for the chutney option, or maybe a herb and apple jelly?

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I am always on the lookout for cheap pears, for a pear,orange & ginger chutney I make. Bought a pear tree this year and hoping it will bear fruit in the next few years.

Fri 2-Nov-12
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I made apple and pear jam last year and not enough taste. I did add some lemon but it didn't help. I now purée apples and bottle and slice pears and bottle in sugar water. All can then be used for crumbles etc. the apple I add mixed spice to a few jars, cloves to a few and raisins to a few. Some I leave plain to use as apple sauce with pork.

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Fri 2-Nov-12
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Thanks ladies I did wonder if it might be bland or just taste like apple sauce, I think I'll stick to chutney smile

I have made lots of apple jelly in the past with various herbs and chilli but can only use so much of it ourselves and it hasn't proved all that popular to sell. We did an Indoor table sale last Saturday which had a very poor turnout as weather had turned bitterly cold, and although the jam and jelly sold quite well the herb ones didn't.

Thanks for your feedback - always helpful and nice to get.

I'm still looking for those pesky quinces roll_eyes

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Fri 2-Nov-12
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You can always mix the apple with another more flavoursome fruit and use it as an extender- used to be common practice in the Jam industry in the past. Something like blackberries or blackcurrants, or mixed fruits- I'm sure you can get frozen stuff to defrost and mix in with the apples. OH has always got some hedgerow fruit in the freezer- if not an Aldi or Lidl may have some reasonable priced stuff.

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Fri 2-Nov-12
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wave Martin

Thanks - I was just wondering what flavour of apple/pear combo might be or apple or pear on their own, as not done it before. Sorry I should have put that in opening post.

I often use apple in with other fruit if I need to add some pectin or if main fruit is not quite enough. Pantry has lots of Blackberry & Apple, Raspberry & Apple, Hedgerow Jelly (yep you guessed with apple) big_laugh and hubby has a soft spot for conference pears and bought a couple of kilos the other day (as so cheap) without realising that half of them will probably go soft before we get through them. I have decided to cook half for now and make a cake wink 

Also got lots of apples to use after friends gave us quite a lot but they are in garage at present.

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Sat 3-Nov-12
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Take it easy Maura, it won't get better if you don't rest. I think I'd go for then chutney option with the apples and pears.

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Thanks Janet

I have a small rescue doggy who doesn't know the meaning of 'rest' so its not easy but in past it has helped me if I keep moving but this time it's not working. I started to get a bit panicky yesterday as it's now been 3 weeks and no sign of it easing up so popped up to Doctor to check I didn't have a kidney infection as pain in lower back is constant and I feel rubbish. Much to my surprise he informs me that according to the report from the consultant (going back quite a while) I have 2 areas in my spine which show slight bulging discs - no one ever told me that before. I was told the scan didn't show anything apart from mild wear & tear and a little bit of arthritis but nothing abnormal for my age. I also have slight scoliosis in the spine - again nothing major but still never been told this. I suppose I should have been happy that I didn't have an infection roll_eyes Why they didn't tell me any of this at the time is beyond me but for all this time I have been wondering what on earth is it that causes my back to go into these awful spasms for weeks at a time.

Hubby is helping with the boring chutney prep this morning and all his shirts have been ironed at the cleaners so there is an upside to the back problem big_laugh 

I better get off my bum as sitting is painful so I have to limit myself on here and keep moving about runaway

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