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Sat 18-Jul-15
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julifoo
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Hello I am new to this website and I have already made some fabulous mint jelly - Thankyou! One of my 6 girls is broody atm - very grateful for comments about getting the hen out twice a day to feed - we have been doing that by instinct but were unsure if we should. We shall definitely try the broody hen pen thing otherwise poor Tiger-lily will miss the rest of the summer.

At the end of the recipe for mint jelly it was mentioned that you might come up with a recipe to use up the drained apple? I would love to see one as I had to buy the apples and so NOT want to waste the remainder.

Can one make mint jelly using organic apple juice do you think? I (sadly) do not have a viable apple tree (but have just picked 35 lbs of gooseberries from waveour one bush.)

Sat 18-Jul-15
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Hello Julie and welcome to the forum!

Can't help with the mint jelly, sorry, never made it.  I'm sure there'll be someone who can help though.....give it a few days, people don't always come on here every day.

I see from your profile that you're diabetic and don't eat fruit (wow, congrats on the 35lbs of gooseberries!).  I'm diabetic too, Type 2, I do eat small amounts of mainly soft fruits.....we grow strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, blueberries and a cultivated blackberry, all of which I eat in moderation.  It doesn't seem to do me any harm, my nurse is always pleased with my hb1ac and level of control at my annual review.  Of course, we're all different though!

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Sat 18-Jul-15
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Hi Sooliz

Yes I am type 2 as well but I am trying to actually cure it by low carbing, (like the New Atkins diet.) The latest view is that a proportion of us type 2s can actually be cured so I am trying to find out if I might be one of the lucky ones (then I will be able to eat my own preserves (in moderation) again.) The other month I tried just two teaspoons of home made jam and my blood glucose rocketed up to 13! My GP tells me that when it goes over 10 then damage is being done so I am desperate to reduce it to normal (as in non-diabetic.) I have to buy my own test kit and strips tho as they (the NHS) won't give them to us type 2s.

My HBA1c was so good last test that the GP is talking about taking me off Metformin altogether so I feel that my efforts are worth it although like you, I used to eat some soft fruits (and enjoyed them.)

I have had a lick of the spoon of the new Mint Jelly and it is fab, rest of the family are going to try it tonight (son is holding a barbeque.)

Is this an American site - only they say Math and not Maths?

Sat 18-Jul-15
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Welcome Julie - no, this site definitely originated in Britain.

On the blog, you can see the cottage, which is in East Anglia, and to which a few of us have been for a get-together. 

I would suggest that Word Press is either American or set up for the American market - not sure.

Julie, I've had a look at the Mint Jelly recipe from Fiona, and looked at the comments below - there are some suggestions as to what you can do with the leftover apple. Have a look and see if there is anything you fancy!

Good luck!

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Sat 18-Jul-15
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Welcome, Julie. I was thinking of making Mint Sauce, but thought it was too late, the Mint being coarser now.

Sat 18-Jul-15
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I just used the top leaves and new side shoots, but we have plenty so there was enough

Sat 18-Jul-15
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Yes, I have several types of Mint, I took a maddie about five Years ago, and bought about five or six different Types, so, I probably could garner enough, even now.

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wave Hi Julie and welcome.  I too keep hens but do not have a cockerel any longer .

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