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Posted: 16 September 2009 07:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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Patrincia, lovely photo and stunning background of the woods!  send me a jar, pls, pls, pls!

i must be doing something wrong, when i make cordon rose strawberry conserve, the color is never as bright.  and i use frozen strawberries (costco, from california)

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Posted: 16 September 2009 09:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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jeannette - 16 September 2009 09:01 PM

I must admit your title confused me to start with, we in the UK call it preserving or bottling not CANNING!  Same language, different words! LOL! cheese

I’m so sorry Jeannette… I should have worded that more carefully.  I’ve added “preserving” to the thread title.  (I’m so new to it that I don’t even know how to refer to it properly - yikes)

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Posted: 16 September 2009 09:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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hectorwong - 16 September 2009 10:44 PM

Patrincia, lovely photo and stunning background of the woods!  send me a jar, pls, pls, pls!

i must be doing something wrong, when i make cordon rose strawberry conserve, the color is never as bright.  and i use frozen strawberries (costco, from california)

Thanks Hector - As for the color, I have one thing to say… sunlight was my friend today.  Below is a photo without the sunlight shining through the jars. 
Btw, my strawberries were from Costco - Wyman’s brand.

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Posted: 16 September 2009 10:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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We are in full bore ‘preserving’ mode. When I pick the prunes I feel like I am relieving the tree of a burden. As the boughs rise from carrying the weight of the fruit I think “job well done noble prune”.

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Posted: 16 September 2009 11:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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Beautiful jars and picture Patrincia! The color of the strawberries look stunning. Even without the sunlight shining through it’s still a gorgeous color.

Gene, I meant to post in the other thread but since you posted a picture here, I’ll just do it here. The plum jam looks terrific!

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Posted: 17 September 2009 01:56 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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Thanks so much Shimi!

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Posted: 17 September 2009 02:23 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 22 ]
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Thanks Shimi. My jars are best described as preserves. We force as many prunes into the jars as we can and cover them with a light syrup.
Tonight we processed another 11 quarts and the tree is still full of fruit. Last year we put aside 28 quarts and they were gone by April. We are probably going to try for more than 30 but my spirit is flagging already.

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