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Using a steam juicer to make marmalade
Wed 4-Jul-12
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Olga - my steam juicer arrived today, and it's huge - I now need a cupboard to house it while waiting for some fruit ..... whistle

I have to say I was very impressed with firstly the quality of the pans, and secondly the speed of delivery from the company (only ordered it yesterday).  ok    welldone

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Thu 5-Jul-12
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Incidently - I found it priced at £32+, yet other places can be as high as £150 ..... it certainly pays to shop around !

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Thu 5-Jul-12
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Hi Val.

Could you let us know where you bought it from as I, for one, am quite interested in buying one & that price is certainly good value. Good luck with your new adventures in steaming.  wave 

 

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Thu 5-Jul-12
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Fiona does like hers. You can read her article describing her steam juicer enthusiasm.

Well done for experimenting, Olga, and for sharing your results. welldone

Thanks. ok 

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Mon 23-Jul-12
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I found this recipe for steam juicing rhubarb, Moira, as I can't get Val's link to work either...it used to be OK when she set it up.

 

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Mon 23-Jul-12
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Looks like they removed the PDF file from that site. Shame really because it was good.

I think we downloaded a copy when F bought hers. Must have a poke around and see if we can find it. 

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Here it is, guys, no worries:

Link.

Better save it while you can!

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Tue 24-Jul-12
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Thanks a lot, Val, very useful as I found that on pages 21 & 22 it describes a test you can do on the juice from the steamer to check if there is enough pectin in the fruit to set into a jelly (presumably the same test is applicable to jam). It would save you using powdered pectin if it was not necessary.

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Tue 24-Jul-12
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I'll have to have a closer look Hattie - I have saved the whole pdf, so I can look later!

ok   big_hug

 

Oh my goodness - Maths 1+1 - unheard of !!!!!

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The alcohol content of the grain alcohol is not specified- In the USA they can get alcohol in some states that is virtually pure (96% alcohol by volume) and sometimes it is sold at 75% as well. The best we could do here is probably vodka at 37.5% unless you are lucky to find one at 50% or higher.

The standard vodka may be enough to precipitate the pectin, just be aware that it may give different results to that stated.

 

I have e-mailed them to ask what it should be.

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Thanks Martin, I hope they answer because it would be useful to be able to test it accurately. It's great help having you on the forum with your specialised knowledge. 

 

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Hopefully I will get an answer- I have had my message returned twice now- found another e-mail on their site and trying again.

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Tue 24-Jul-12
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Hello all! I have been using methylated spirits for the above purpose-easy to get hold of in any hardware store. Got to add, though, I have had a few batches of poor-setting jam of late ( dreaded strawberry and rasp/straw/cherry ), and am looking at using powdered stuff for those from now on! Grrrrrr.
Ps cheap strawberries at Tesco at the mo, powdered pectin cheap at Asda.

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Well that message got returned as well-not sure what to do now as there are no other e-mail contacts- they do have an FB page- will try that.

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As long as you don't drink the meths in mistake for Vodka, it should be OK  big_laugh 

 

Meths is about 95% ethanol that is de-natured, (often with methanol-hence the name.)

Good call!

 

In the industry I worked in we tried to keep methanol out of the ethanol we made as it is not good for you.

If I get a reply from the steam juicer company, will let you all know.

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