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Old 10-19-2010, 11:41 AM   #1
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Question about raspberries

The first time I made jam it came out perfect. I think it came out perfect because I didn't know what I was doing.

Once I started trying to know what I was doing, it got really complicated.

The recipe I use calls for one part sugar and one part fruit.

You boil the crushed berries for 1 minute, then you add sugar and boil for about five or until it jells. So everything I've made so far jells without anything else added, and it's quick, and tasty.

But I get really freaked when I start thinking about things.

So yesterday, I wanted to remove the seeds and did it after the first boil with my food mill.

But what got me crazy, I started thinking the seeds is where the pectin is...and probably shouldn't be removed until the end.

Problem is, I was putting them straight into the canner and needed the jam to be hot, had I de-seeded it at the end the jam would have cooled. I was afraid to heat it back up again because I wanted it to stop jelling.

So I ended up boiling instead of one minute the first time, 2.5 minutes.

Things looked like they were going well, but when I did the second boil it thickened twice as fast as it had in the past. Which of course freaked me out.

Who would think ruining $3.00 worth of berries would cause someone so much grief! Like if I ruin this batch, I'll be living under a bridge eating dog food out of a can.

Any comments would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 10-22-2010, 09:29 AM   #2
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Who would think ruining $3.00 worth of berries would cause someone so much grief! Like if I ruin this batch, I'll be living under a bridge eating dog food out of a can.

Any comments would be greatly appreciated!
I can't really comment on your berries but I am the same way when it comes to food being wasted. You'd think I was starving or something....not the case! So if it is any comfort to you, you are not alone.
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Old 10-22-2010, 10:20 AM   #3
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I LOL at this! I'm the same way... It seriously ruins my day when something like this happens. I don't have any advice... just more empathy! It's so true that beginner's luck is present with each first-time creation it seems.
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