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Sunshine Bellon
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  • Myton, UT
  • United States
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Pat Johnson replied to Sunshine Bellon's discussion 'Making Unsweetened Jam' in the group Food Preservation
"I’ve been using “Agar Agar” to thicken canned goods. It’s a seaweed based product that can be found in any Asian grocery. The powdered form is easiest to use and the most common. It requires boiling temperature to activate…"
Sep 17, 2019
Linda Ziedrich replied to Sunshine Bellon's discussion 'Making Unsweetened Jam' in the group Food Preservation
"Pomona's Pectin has no dextrose, but keep in mind that no-sugar-added jam is not in itself a preserved food; it must be refrigerated after opening and used up quickly. Figs and Italian plums contain enough sugar to make a decent jam without…"
Aug 26, 2019
Sunshine Bellon replied to Sunshine Bellon's discussion 'Making Unsweetened Jam' in the group Food Preservation
"This was exactly the kind of information I was after, thank you!"
Aug 26, 2019
Kami replied to Sunshine Bellon's discussion 'Making Unsweetened Jam' in the group Food Preservation
"I found this https://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/avoid-pectin-home-canning/ ; I've Also heard adding chia seeds can help...no personal experience with that however. Good luck!"
Aug 26, 2019
Sunshine Bellon added a discussion to the group Food Preservation

Making Unsweetened Jam

I have been experimenting with unsweetened jams. For me, unsweetened means truly unsweetened, no sugar and no synthetic sweeteners. I have been able to successfully make a few varieties of freezer jam by simply cooking down whichever fruit I like, and sweetening it by adding a peach or an apple, and it has been working OK... Often times I have to cook the fruit down way more than I actually want to cook it, in order to get a decent thickness, and sometimes this throws the flavor off. I have…See More
Aug 26, 2019
Sunshine Bellon joined Torry's group

Food Preservation

How-To's on putting food aside: canning, freezing, drying, much more...See More
Aug 26, 2019
Sunshine Bellon is now a member of HOMEGROWN
Aug 24, 2019

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What kind of HOMEGROWN are you?
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Wanna-be Homesteader
A bit about me:
I just got my first home this year and have been frantically trying to make my .75 acres into the self-sufficient paradise that I have always wanted. My 5 year plan is to transform my micro-climate with trees and shrubs, establish a perennial garden that I can fill in with annual veggies, and experiment with cobb and straw-bale construction to build myself a potting shed/ glass house.
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
Spaghetti squash (from my garden) with fresh marinara made from homegrown tomatoes, onions and herbs.
Currently reading:
Architecture of Daydreams by Michael Pollan
Currently listening to:
"Classical for Yoga" playlist
My latest DIY project:
A simple spray-paint job on an old metal bathroom shelf, took it from black and red to soft pink.
How did you find HOMEGROWN.org?
by searching for websites relating to a book I am reading, "A Householders's guide to the universe"
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