Wednesday, July 30, 2008
CANNING: I'm either hitting the bottom or reaching new heights -- I had to run to the store for more pectin on my bicycle at 9:30. Though I'm pretty happy with Pomona's pectin, but it comes in two parts, and the dry part (you make a liquid with the other part) runs out at a ratio of 3 dry envelopes to 1 wet part envelope. I need a bulk solution.
Like the organic unrefined cane sugar... I've ordered a 50# sack, it'll cost me $36 at Whole foods.
I'm not ready to join a canning 12-step program yet. There are still green gage plums, yellow peaches, pears, figs, quince, apples, Concord grapes and tomatoes still to be had. And lots more lemons from Regan's tree to keep the costs down since every jelly/jam recipe calls for some lemon juice. I should start saving the seeds to put in cheese cloth -- that might help reduce the amount of pectin required.
SOLAR DEHYDRATOR: my brother is making progress. He's thrilled that he has an excuse to get angle clamps and he caught something in the plans that Jon and I missed, which accounts for the extra 30' of 1" x 2" ... yay for brothers!
PICTURES: I swear, I am going to insert pictures into past postings, but for now, you can view my canning madness on my Flicker Food album.