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lemon peels in place of Pectin thus saving cash
Thu 11-Feb-10
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I expect this will be teaching all  how to ''''suck  eggs with experienced people in this forum :O)

But I discovered that its well worth saving up all my lemon peels ( shells) in freezer bags till have enough to make a big stock pot of lemon ''stock'' that contains high levels of pectin. Sometimes I throw in windfall  apples too. Just cover them all with water and simmer for least 1/2 hour.

This make a fantastic base for all my home made preserves.  just replace the lemon stock for the water ( or part of in recipe) Even hard to set/low pectin recipes are easy peesy using this method.

By the way I never follow a preserve recipe...just make up my own lol!

Warm wishes from Pam 

Fri 12-Feb-10
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Never thought of doing that, thanks for that piece of informationOk

Fri 12-Feb-10
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What a brilliant idea - many thanks!

Sat 13-Feb-10
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We have some very creative people here don't we?

I'll try that again!

Sat 13-Feb-10
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I am so glad I may have helped someone, that's a nice feeling.

I quickly learnt how to make ends meet when I had 5 growing children and husband to feed on lowish income!!

I remember coming to Cornwall 40 years ago and my husband had a job ( so he thought) to start....BUT IT WAS TAKEN when we arrived, Wow how soon I learnt to make ends meet as I had only £5 to my name at the time! Lucky it was blackberry picking time :O)

I learnt to make everything for almost no costs, and I truly believe my family were fed a good wholesome/healthy diet.

Later on when we got on with jobs etc, I still continued to make all home made. In fact it gives me such a thrill to make/find something for low cost to make or purchase.

On another note, I always make my jams with 1/2 apples or 1/2 Rhubarb and 1/2 any soft fruit in each recipe...this no way distracts from the flavour one bit, in fact it actually enhances the soft fruits and makes them so easy to set plus recipes cheaper to make,esp if use Basic Buy apples.

Esp good is Rhubarb and Raspberry jam.

Also strawberry and Apple.

Warm wishes from Pam

Sat 13-Feb-10
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Crikey, you were knocked back weren't you?  So glad you all managed to survive.  I remember days like that when I had just had my daughter, breast of lamb was on the menu very frequently.

I'll try that again!

Sat 13-Feb-10
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Hi Toffee apple :O)

No I was not....thank goodness I have the personality that's positive!!!!

I look on life's ''trials'' as a lesson to WIN....Somehow I seem to thrive better this way.

I soon learnt to create a job for myself and my husband, we did it from just home printing press a few business cards and we had so much work we were over run lol!

Good job I have this nature as on a basic state pension now...not too much money to spare, but life's good.

I am so pleased to have accidentely stumbled upon this forum as it suits my way of thinking/living.

Its good to share :O)

Warm wishes from Pam



Sat 13-Feb-10
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Welcome to good living forum  loads here The NWO starts here .

Sun 14-Feb-10
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pam said:

Hi Toffee apple :O)

Good job I have this nature as on a basic state pension now...not too much money to spare, but life's good.

I am so pleased to have accidentely stumbled upon this forum as it suits my way of thinking/living.

Its good to share :O)

Warm wishes from Pam




Good to know that you have that kind of  attitude.  I shall be on basic state pension fairly soon so will be reading your posts with interest.

I'm glad you found the forum too, you fit right in. Big_Hug

I'll try that again!

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Well done, Pam. That must have been a pretty scary situation back then.

They say that it's not success that marks an individual as being special, Rather, it's how one reacts to adversity. It is so easy to give up and just slump in a heap. I have done both in the past and I know that fighting through is by far the better option, despite the pain. More difficult to initiate but great for the self esteem and confidence.

Very well done. Ok Magic 

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Mon 15-Feb-10
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that is a really good idea; will try it for my summer jam making enterprisesLaugh

Mon 15-Feb-10
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Agree Shelley - thanks Pam - that is a good idea. I have found that when cooking Bramley apples, I also cook up the cores and peel separately, and store the liquid in the freezer as an extra pectin.

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Yes Shelly another wonderful idea which I use to save money. I also use just eating apples.

I managed to get some wonderful lemons today in Lidls and ''UN WAXED'' too, just 49 pence for 4 large lemons so I stocked up! Tescos charge 4 times that price :O(

Warm wishes from Pam

Tue 16-Feb-10
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I collect the skin of oranges and lemons to make a zest but have not used any yet.

Have been browsing the net since 3 this morning and found a web site charging £12.95 a kg of dried rose hips what a con so ill sell mine for £12.94 lol but you have to pick them your self.Cheers

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