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Wax Discs
Wed 30-Sep-09
4:20 pm
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thefrenchgeraghtys
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I purchased a bag of cellophane covers with rubber bands in our local supermarket here in France but there were no wax discs.  I tried cutting out discs of baking parchment but they weren't successful.  They were too "heavy" and when I gently pressed them in the jars, the jelly came over the top.  If I don't use anything, what problems will I have, assuming we don't polish off all the jelly I have made within a week!  Confused

Wed 30-Sep-09
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thefrenchgeraghtys said:I purchased a bag of cellophane covers with rubber bands in our local supermarket here in France but there were no wax discs.  I tried cutting out discs of baking parchment but they weren't successful.  They were too "heavy" and when I gently pressed them in the jars, the jelly came over the top.  If I don't use anything, what problems will I have, assuming we don't polish off all the jelly I have made within a week!  Confused


In the kit I got there were wax discs, but they didn't fit most of the jars I'd scrounged.

I've been told that not having them lets any trapped moisture and spores in the air in the jam, attracting mold.

My solution is to keep a lot of my jam in the freezer, and some in the frig, figuring that cold will slow down any biological process. I'd be interested in any comments confirming or denying this.

David

Wed 30-Sep-09
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I was given a jar of plum & chilli jam recently which had nothing but the jam jar lid on it, when I opened it 2 weeks later it was furry!!

I use Paraffine pour Confiture here in France, you can get it in the supermarkets and it comes in either a solid block or little granules.  I melt it in an old saucepan and just pour gently onto the cooled jam or chutney till it is just covered, and then once cool I repeat in order to ensure a perfect seal.  When ready to open I use a round ended knife to break the seal, but be careful because I did once manage to break the jar as well!!

Wed 30-Sep-09
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Yes, I remember seeing that ages ago!!  Thank you.  I will do that very thing!Smile

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