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What is a good thermometer for jam? I have the standard flat candy one, but i can never get it far enough down in the pot to register.  I got a fry/candy one for christmas, but it's huge - almost ridiculously long and doesn't stay put.  I think my husband is tired of my borrowing his smoker probe! 
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thanks Marisa! that's exactly what i was looking for.  
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Lisa Cohen

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Just ordered your new book, +Marisa McClellan! Really looking forward to Having it int shelf next to Food in Jars I've been preserving for years and years, but your book inspires me to try new things. Thank you! 
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Got it in today's mail! Bring on the CSA. I'm ready!
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Khoi Truong

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It was so nice meeting you at the Eat Boutique popup store, Marisa. Thanks for signing my copy of your second book, too! 

Today's question: Is it safe to can pineapple? I think its pH is acidic enough and just wanted to check in to make sure. Thanks.
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Great, thanks! 
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Just set my frozen strawberries out in preperation for the Honey Sweetened Strawberry Thyme Jam from your #Preservingbythepint ! I  feel badly trying this for the first time with frozen berries, but I'm confident that we'll like it! I will simply have to do it again with fresh when they're really here. :-) I'm sure we'll blog about it...will let you know when we do!
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Lisa you will enjoy your Honey Strawberry Thyme Jam....if it is from Marisa I can guarantee it.  Then when you make it with fresh berries you will be an expert jammer
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I made more of your Strawberry Vanilla jam (I will call it "yours" b/c you're to blame for getting me hooked on the vanilla bean! :-)  )  I wanted to use up some of my frozen strawberries before the fresh season came along!   I used Pomona's ...did a double batch, with 2 C sugar and 4/3 cup honey. I was super pleased! The kids wouldn't stop eating the partial - finished it before bed....and then had more this morning with some local Guernsey yogurt! 
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Even though I had to reprocess mine with a ton more pectin, I had some yesterday and it was delicious!
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Darlene B

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Mostly full shot of the garden, with my two "helpers".  Every day, they run to the door when I ask if they want to go help in the garden.  When I'm pulling weeds, I look over to find my merle pup pulling grass out of the yard.  LOL. My red tri is very old and arthritic, so she usually is laying in the shade. #Tampa  
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Red doggies rule :)
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My tomatoes (yellow pear, tomatillos, San Mariano, princepesa and cour buie heirloom), basil, squash and peppers with my husband's hops.
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Yeah, we were growing them for my brother who brews beer. He stopped though, so now my husband is gonna give it a shot.

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Cookbook Of The Day: Preserving by the Pint
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Khoi Truong

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I have to hold off on honey to figure out a dietary issue, but if it happens that I must stay away from it for good (the horror!), could I swap it out for maple syrup instead? Would proportions change? 

Also, if I substitute honey with sugar, how would I calculate proportions since the former is a liquid and the latter a solid? 
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Good to know about maple syrup. I cannot have agave either so I guess I'll stick with sugar for now. Thanks! 
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John G

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Another batch of plain passata today.
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Darlene B

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I went to the local blueberry festival this past weekend, and was SO disappointed to find out how expensive they were selling berries for.  More expensive than the grocery store!  What a waste of time.
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Oh no! Well, the prices will come down a little when the come into season up north!
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going to be making strawberry jam tomorrow with Pomonas pectin - has anyone added vanilla bean/paste to the jam using this method? The book says you can add up to 1 tsp of spices, but I wanted to make sure before i jacked up 2 pounds of strawberries :)
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I bought a jar of the nielsen vanilla bean paste on amazon and am so excited about using it for jam
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I have 3 sheets of Ball jar labels to give away. I'm happy to drop them in the mail to anyone who wants them!
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Got 'em, +Lisa Abrams thank you!!
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Believe it or not, I've never made refrigerator pickles.  But last year's stash is now gone :( and I wanted pickles for camping this weekend without buying commercial varieties.  I had to buy cukes as mine are no where near ready.
And man, was it easy!  My husband even said, "that's the quickest you've ever made pickles!" LOL.
I did not use Marisa's recipe she just posted, as I wanted dill.  But at least the dill in my garden was ready. :)
Recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ted-allen/refrigerator-pickles-cauliflower-carrots-cukes-you-name-it-recipe.html
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I'm definitely glad I tried it, because you are right.. there are days where the harvest may be lacking a bit and It's not worth it to do a batch.  However, I did pickle green beans and yellow squash last year that turned out FAB, so we'll be doing that again!
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Becky Rose

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Went to Walmart yesterday and they had the green jars in both sizes!!
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And I was at a Target on Sunday and they had blue pints and green quarts!
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Can anyone help finding a good mango salsa recipe that can be canned?  I made one last year that was SOOOO vinegar-y (from pickyourown.org), it was hard to eat with anything but on fish tacos. I'd love a more versatile recipe, if at all possible, considering they are 10 for a $1 at the moment!
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I've got a mango salsa recipe in the new book that I like a lot. 
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Has anyone ever opened a jar of jam and had it taste musty? I just opened the first jar of blueberry ginger jam I made over the summer. It was still sealed properly, but tastes a bit odd. I'm hoping all of the jars aren't like this.
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I pulled out my notes and I think it was from fij but I didn't add the candied ginger. I did so many blueberries this summer I couldn't remember! I'll mark the jar and pull put another to compare...

At least with small batches I won't lose too much if I find an issue with this batch.
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Did some #canning   Homemade marinara sauce.
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Darlene B

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I know it's still quite early, but my squash and beans are starting to bud some 'practice' flowers. They are still young, but so exciting to see!
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There is still a little snow here. 16 deg right now.
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A question for the group, has anyone pickled spring garlic? It's available now at our farmers market in Northern California. We enjoy spring garlic in many recipes, and as we enjoyed pickled green beans with our salad at lunch, I started to think about pickling spring garlic. Thoughts?
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Interesting idea
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