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by Triss on July 25, 2006 01:20 PM
Today I made some cherry jam. Looks like it turned out well. My recipe said it could take a couple of weeks to set, does that mean solid rather than liquid? Or is that how long before I can use it? The other question I have is what do I do with the last 1/2 full jar. Should it go right into the refrigerator and be used right away or will it still be preserved since I sealed it like the others. Just not sure what I should do with the 1/2 jar.

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by Amigatec on July 25, 2006 01:58 PM
Homemade jellies and jams will never be as hard set as store bought. I have strawberry jam that 2 years old and still not set hard. But it tastes better that any store bought jam.

As far as the 1/2 filled jar, I would use it first, it may not be as sealed as you think it is,

And a little tasting is in order. [clappy] [thumb] [grin]

Now you need to find some good homemade bread to go with that. YUMMMO!!!!

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by Triss on July 25, 2006 02:44 PM
Thanks Pat. I was planning on using it first. May just have to make some bread tomorrow. It will be GREAT on English Muffin Bread. YUMMY!

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by cookinmom on July 26, 2006 09:45 AM
Hi Triss,
My mom always said that last half full jar was the sampling jar. A pan of hot biscuits would be good!

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by comfrey on July 26, 2006 12:15 PM
I agree that half of a jar should go in the fridge for sampling.

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by Triss on July 26, 2006 12:41 PM
It is in the fridge. Have yet to make bread though, it got too hot. Am going to make biscuits for dinner though so we can try it out then.

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by Tonya on July 27, 2006 12:25 AM
Now I'm hungry... [Eek!] Can you send me a biscuit with butter and jam? Or better yet...  - I'm beaming over. [Big Grin] [Big Grin] [Big Grin]

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by tkhooper on July 27, 2006 02:40 AM
I'm drooling lol. And I have to scaddadle out of here and get to making the cookies for the conferance tomorrow. I've been bad sitting here reading instead.

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by penny in ontario on July 27, 2006 04:40 AM
That sounds so good Triss!!

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