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Darlene B

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Bread & butter beans
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I'll have to try them out to let you know. We haven't opened a jar yet!
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Sam Falzone

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Made a small batch of poached pears for an up-coming event.
6 lbs of anjou pears poached in a syrup of water, moscato wine, honey and sugar.  
The pears are going to be used in poached pear and custard pies.
Made too much syrup (as usual) so I'll save it for another batch later on ... this time bartlets.
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Well the event has come and gone and some very valuable lessons have been learned.  The custard and pear pies were, IMO, a DISASTER. 
What I've learned is that 
1. -I don't like the way anjou pears poach as much as I like the way bartlett pears poach ... and most important of all ... 
2. -NEVER FREEZE CUSTARD PIES!!!!  
I was so disappointed with the results. I've made these pies many times before and they are some of my favourites and they have always turned out great. This time my schedule was too tight with other responsibilities that I thought I could get away with freezing them ahead of time ... WRONG!!! 
Next time I will make the pies the night before the event - at the earliest -  even if I have to stay up until the wee hours to do it.
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Darlene B

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My shawl also got 2nd place. The fair photo does not do it justice.
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That's beautiful. 
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Darlene B

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I may have an obsession. 
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Darlene, my brother just brought me about 10 old old Ball jars he recovered while cleaning a house.  as soon as I get them cleaned, I'll post pics
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Ok I have to share that I was so intimidated by the weck jars i bought on a whim.  When I had to re-do the marmalade, I was able to test if the weck jar sealed the way it was supposed to - IT WAS THE COOLEST THING!!! that little whoosh when I pulled the tab was so rewarding.  
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It's pretty darn fun to open them up! 
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Darlene B

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Candied kumquats, kumquat lavender shrub, and 3 different kumquat marmalades including tangerines from a friend's tree. Plus kumquat puree in the freezer.
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I use them to make a quick citrus chicken. Saute chopped chicken breast and in the last minute or two of cooking, add a spoonful or two of candied kumquats. Serve with broccoli and steamed rice. It's like the orange chicken you get at chinese food places, but homemade! 
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Darlene B

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Look what arrived from Amazon yesterday! :)
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Love the purple jars! 
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Darlene B

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I thought of you guys (and the pear chocolate jam I can't get enough of).
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Yum! 
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Darlene B

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So blueberries in purple jars look... black. Blueberry syrup, butter, and jam. 5 / 16 / 15 
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Ball's Fresh Preserving book has a recipe called Blueberry Bonanza which results in the syrup and butter from the same batch. Super easy.
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Darlene B

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Has anyone made bread & butter pickles out of beans? I've made dilly beans before, but my hubby is a bigger fan of bread & butter pickles than dill.  I have a bunch of green and golden beans ready for picking.
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yes. I have with awesome, yummy results.
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Darlene B

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I saw Marisa's post how the canned clementine oranges did not work out. Has anyone successfully canned mandarin oranges? My kids love Halos and wanted me to preserve some for later in the year.
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I was wondering about that last night.  If anyone can share a successful way of doing this my kids would be so happy
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Darlene B

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First place! Beginner's luck!
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Well done! :-)
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Darlene B

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I know some of you are still dealing with snow, but in Florida, it's spring! I see future pickles, salsa, and dilly beans. :)
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Love the dog!
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Darlene B

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When entering a contest, what category do you think a candied fruit (fruit suspended in syrup) would fall under? 

- Jellies, Jams, Preserves

or

- Fruits
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So, I guess they consider canned goods a "perishable", because I submitted a knitted shawl for judging today, but told me to bring back my canned items next Monday when perishables are due. Wha???? 
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Darlene B

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WHY do I torture myself with marmalade? I don't even like citrus that much (gasp!), but those #kumquats were too hard to pass up.

I made candied kumquats... probably my favorite recipe because it was easy and the results were FANTASTIC. Little globes of happiness suspended in a sweet, spicy gel.

Then I made marmalade. And boo.  No set. Nada. 

So, why did I slave over the stove for an hour, diligently checking my thermometer, with the marmalade and it's like water... when my candied kumquats gelled up so nicely without even trying?

Boo.  
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If the two-step boil works for you, there's no reason why it can't be part of your regular marmalade making routine! 
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Darlene B

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Here we go!
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I bought a 10 pound box at the Kumquat Festival in Dade City, FL on Saturday. I have some recipes ready to try. Already started these last night: 
https://food52.com/recipes/9182-kumquat-smoothie-jam
http://localkitchenblog.com/2012/02/22/spicy-candied-kumquats/ (without the peppers, but with sweet spices added)
Plus I made about 3 cups of puree last night for future breads/ muffins/ ice cream.
Also looking at making a marmalade using kumquats paired with a neighbor's tangerines. 
I made this the last time I had a box and it was delicious: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Kumquat-Cardamom-Tea-Bread-233133
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Darlene B

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Kumquat Festival in Dade City, FL. Bringing home a 10 # box!
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Breanne H

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Anyone seen the purple jars in stores yet? If so which stores?
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I got mine at kmart
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Looking for a dill pickle recipe that will allow me to jar them, and remain somewhat solid (crunchy). I failed twice at attempting this :(
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I do the same as Janet 
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KC Casey

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Some of my British wifes gorgeous English shortbread "bisquits" ( cookies to us Americans ). She says its a basic Jamie Oliver recipe and you can look it up. They beat Walkers shortbread hands down!
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sounds great! +KC Casey
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