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What type of jar should be used for preserving?

There are plenty of different types of preserving jars available in the market however not all jars are created equal and cutting corners could cost you not only time, but also your fresh harvest.  As tempting as …

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Top preserving tips you wont find in the manual

Sometimes recipes just don’t give you all the information you need.  We all know with time and experience you develop a ‘knack’of how you go about preserving but wouldn’t it have been nice to know a …

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What is Water bath preserving?

We all preserve food for different reasons – to save money, as a hobby or to have greater control of what you consume.  For me it is partly the sense of achievement of turning a bowl …

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How to: Peel tomatoes

Another Labour weekend has come and gone, while I wish we had lovely weather throughout I was happy that at least one day provided sunshine to be able to get out into the garden.  Many kiwis …

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What is Pectin and why use it?

Pectin (polysaccharide carbohydrate)is the magic ingredient that will see your jam to set and your jelly to gel.  Pectin is a naturally occurring thickening agent found in and around the cell wall of plants to bind them together. …

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What is the difference between jam, jelly, marmalade and preserve?

Jams, jellies, marmalade’s and preserves are all made from fruit, sugar and pectin and are really all part of the same family.  Where they differ is the form the fruit takes in the recipe to create …

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