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mochyn



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 06 2:37 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

If you're coming to the Royal Welsh you can have a jar of mine...

bernie-woman



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 06 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I quite like Bonne Maman strawberry jam f I have to buy jam - quite runny and just has sugar and fruit in it if I recall correctly - ( it is probably horribly unethical in some way but fortunately we don't have to buy too much)

Our local farm shop had some cheap jam making strawbs - any farm shops near you?

Bernie66



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 06 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Tiptree is a good one.

moongoddess



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 06 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I love the St.Dalfour jams, but many don't because there is no sugar at all in them. They're made with grape juice (I think)
The other lovely ones are Meridian, but again, no sugar, so not to everyone's taste.

I hope you find something you like

mg x

Bernie66



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 06 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You can't have Jam without sugar.. its just wrong

moongoddess



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 06 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bernie66 wrote:
You can't have Jam without sugar.. its just wrong


like the time I went out for a meal with my cousin and he asked the waitress 'can I have the blackcurrant sorbet without the blackcurrants in it?'

Must have been over 20 years ago and I still remember the tears rolling down my face

mg x

Penny Outskirts



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 06 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bernie66 wrote:
You can't have Jam without sugar.. its just wrong


Should be - but those Jams are delicious

Silas



Joined: 29 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 06 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Frank Coopers strawberry conserve.

Next best thing to homemade.

gingerwelly



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Location: Wales ...in cardiff at the mo but from mid wales
PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 06 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

you could go to a pick your own farm, or try a WI stall at a local show, or farm shop

ros



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 06 6:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I managed to get one box of locally grown from the farm shop, but they told me they are struggling to get supplies this year.

However, a trip to Budgens the other night yielded punnetts of sell-by strawbs for 45p each!

lots of jam here now


look up your nearest "country market" and get some from the WI

(failing that the Duchy original jams are nice but v pricy)


Now, who knows where I will be able to get Damsons when they are ready??

Jonnyboy



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 06 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If you do get some fresh strawberries, try Elizabeth Davids recipe for oven baked jam, You get a runnier finish but it's the closest thing to the real taste of the fruit I've had.

Thriftycook



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 06 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Which book is that in jonnyboy ?

Bugs



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 06 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks for the suggestions. I am not going to be able to get any strawberries worth buying as the so-called farm shops that are not ludicrously out of our way tend to randomly stock up with every fruit and vegetable known to man, so that you'd need to be shopping with Sherlock and Hercule to tell stuff brought in from 20ft away from the Kenyan imports. And it is no use asking the staff, as the 47 teenagers milling about trying to work out how to use the till couldn't tell a Honeoye from a Little Scarlet unless they were shades of nail polish.

The market that I am able to get to, as I have said before, is very nearly worse than useless, and I think rather than buying from a shop with the accompanying throwaway packaging it is probably better all around to find a good manufacturer who buys in more appropriate fruit and processes it more efficiently. And I get an extra stock of jam jars to use for other fruit

I don't think I need to beat myself up too much if I buy stuff that I *could* make as long as the maker is in a position to do it better. WI markets would be a good idea but they are on during the day during the week when I'm at work and a show is another trip in the car . I'll look at the Frank Coopers and the Meridian one and see where the St Dalfour comes from - thanks for the recommendations.

Fee



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 06 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Silas wrote:
Frank Coopers strawberry conserve.

Next best thing to homemade.


I'll second that.

ros



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 06 6:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bugs wrote:
Thanks for the suggestions. I am not going to be able to get any strawberries worth buying as the so-called farm shops that are not ludicrously out of our way tend to randomly stock up with every fruit and vegetable known to man, so that you'd need to be shopping with Sherlock and Hercule to tell stuff brought in from 20ft away from the Kenyan imports. And it is no use asking the staff, as the 47 teenagers milling about trying to work out how to use the till couldn't tell a Honeoye from a Little Scarlet unless they were shades of nail polish.

The market that I am able to get to, as I have said before, is very nearly worse than useless, and I think rather than buying from a shop with the accompanying throwaway packaging it is probably better all around to find a good manufacturer who buys in more appropriate fruit and processes it more efficiently. And I get an extra stock of jam jars to use for other fruit

I don't think I need to beat myself up too much if I buy stuff that I *could* make as long as the maker is in a position to do it better. WI markets would be a good idea but they are on during the day during the week when I'm at work and a show is another trip in the car . I'll look at the Frank Coopers and the Meridian one and see where the St Dalfour comes from - thanks for the recommendations.


I like your logic, makes perfect sense.

I felt a bit guily about the packaging on the ones I bought from Budgens (they do say "local" though). But the clear plastic punnetts will probably get used as propagators next spring, or I might even grow salad on the windowsill in them over winter, so not destined for landfill just yet.

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