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I made a small batch of plum butter today. 2 pounds of plums chopped and
3/4 cup apple juice concentrate, cinnamon and some fresh ginger. Cooked
it about 25 minutes then gave it a whirl with the stick blender. Cooked
it about another 90 minutes. Put a teaspoonful on a plate, no liquid
seeped from the edges so I knew it was done. Oh boy, is that good. I
used apple juice concentrate because I try to limit refined sugars. On
to bigger recipes like apple butter.
Juno

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Sounds delicious; I must try it soon.  I always have apple butter in the
frig, so other ones should join it.

Thanks Shron & Juno.

Emily



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Sounds good!
Barbara in SC



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On 9/14/2010 7:09 PM, Bobbie Sews More wrote:
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I think the expression is yummy, yummy. DH loves it!
Juno

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Juno B wrote:

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ooooh!!!  That does sound yummy!!!!  

I now have 30 half pint jars and 8 pint jars of apple butter and about the
same amount of peach jam in the pantry. :)  A bunch of the half pints will
go for Christmas presents to neighbors and friends.  Gotta keep enough on
hand though to make the DS happy. (he's kind of a jelly/jam/butter junkie.
LOL)

Sharon
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Never try to teach a pig to sing.  It's a waste of time and just annoys the
pig.

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On 9/14/2010 9:51 PM, mamahays wrote:
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I have always loved butters, jams and preserves and have the waist line
to prove it.
You have very lucky neighbors and friends to be on the receiving end of
your goodies.
We tried a little of the plum butter when it got cold. I was in heaven.
Juno

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On 15/09/2010 03:10, Juno B wrote:
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Hm...  This year's damsons are ripe and I still have a bunch in the
freezer from LAST year!  Maybe I should try this recipe...  Sounds like
a good way of reducing a glut to manageable proportions!

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Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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You have damsons! they are the very best. I have a very week spot fir
damson preserves.
If you have you have a slow cooker and a lot of plums it would be easier
  that way and require a lot less watching. I had to keep a very close
eye on it to be sure it didn't burn as it thickened. I don't think you
would have to use the apple juice concentrate in the same proportions.
You could also use apple cider.
Juno

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Juno B wrote:

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Just to check terms as we may be divided by a common language here.

Apple juice concentrate - 100% pure juice, but concentrated? Added sugar
or not? & how much would you dilute it by to make it to normal strength?

Apple cider = I think this is what we call apple juice, just straight
100% juice, no added anything and no alcohol.  Cloudy or clear, fresh
pressed or reconstituted from concentrate (see above :-) )

UK Apple cider = US hard cider

Thanks

Lizzy

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On 9/15/2010 9:21 AM, Lizzy Taylor wrote:
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Apple juice concentrate in the US is a frozen concentrate of pure apple
juice. There is no sugar added.  It is reconstituted by adding 3 parts
water to 1 part concentrate. Apple cider is a fresh presses apple
product that may or may not be pasteurized. In NY  State, where I live,
it's hard to find it in an unpasteurized state. If you leave the
unpasteurized with out refrigeration you will either end up with hard
cider (fermented alcoholic juice) , vinegar or a big mess. Years ago my
DH brought some to my mom from the local cider mill. It was in a glass
bottle, she left it in store  room and about a week later it exploded
and there was hard cider and glass everywhere. It was a very  big
mess.lol. Hard cider can be purchased here in NY State in package stores
(Stores that sell alcoholic beverages).
I hope I made the explanations clear. As you say common language.
Americans speak American English and it should probably be called "The
American Dialect."
Juno

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Juno B wrote:

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I don't think we have this over here, certainly not in grocery stores
and supermarkets, it may exist for caterers.  I have occasionally seen
frozen OJ concentrate though.

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Over here that would be fresh pressed apple juice, but most usually
pasteurised.

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That must have been a nasty lean up job.

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Over here it can be bought anywhere that has a licence for beers, wines
& spirits - even though it is none of the above.  That means
off-licences (that can only sell for consumption OFF the premises,
supermarkets, most corner shops and convenience stores and of course pubs)

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Thanks Juno, the explanations were exceedingly clear, and when cooking
as when sewing it is important to use the right stuff.....

Lizzy

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On 15/09/2010 15:22, Lizzy Taylor wrote:
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You can buy liquid apple juice concentrate from some specialist health
food stores.
http://www.goodnessdirect.co.uk/cgi-local/frameset/detail/582359_Meridian_Apple_Juice_Concentrate__360ml.html
  (NAYY, just a happy customer)
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Some places sell freshly pressed-as-you-watch apple and OJ.  Deeee-lish!  :D
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Sticky...  I saw (and heard!) the explosions when a friend and
neighbour's ginger beer exploded in his garage!
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And my local cider farm!  Single variety juices and a range of sweet,
medium, dry and mulled cider.
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I may try the apple concentrate just to see what happens.  I know how to
live dangerously!  ;)

Yes, I do have a slow cooker.

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Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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Kate XXXXXX wrote:
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http://www.goodnessdirect.co.uk/cgi-local/frameset/detail/582359_Meridian_Apple_Juice_Concentrate__360ml.html
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That does look good, I have bookmarked the site.

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Jealous - no cider farms round our way, well not in staggering distance
;-)

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Living dangerously is good fun

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Me too and I keep trying to use it more.

Lizzy

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On 9/15/2010 11:52 AM, Lizzy Taylor wrote:
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I've sent you and KAte a private email.
Juno

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On 15/09/10 16:57, Juno B wrote:

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Received loud & clear, thank you!  I'll be playing when I get a chance -
not this weekend as it is DMIL's 70th birthday and we are helping with
the open house & buffet.

Lizzy

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On 9/15/2010 8:52 AM, Lizzy Taylor wrote:
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Back in my (attempted) domestic period, I used a slow cooker to make
things that needed to simmer, because if I tried that on the stove, I
ended up with a crusty pan to scrub.  I managed to make decent apple
butter and catsup (ketchup) and I have been told it's a good way to make
barbecue sauce.  Do y'all use barbecue sauce there?

It's great for spaghetti sauces and stews that need long, slow cooking,
of course.

I recently picked up a second-hand slow cooker in a thrift store with
the intent of cooking down all those little slivers of soap I don't seem
to be able to throw away.  But it's such a nice little cooker.....
  Did I mention that my mother and grandmother talked about the Great
Depression a lot?
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Joanne
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Pogonip wrote:

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Noooooo!!!! Those little slivers make perfect tailors'
chalk.

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Mine too.  ;-}  I wonder what our great-grandchildren will
remember about the current "Great Recession".

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Beverly
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I like my slow cooker for sauces, soups, baked beans and next it will be
apple butter. Don't like for actual meals such as stew because I think
everything comes out tasting the same.
Juno

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On 15/09/2010 22:16, Juno B wrote:
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I don't find that...  And it's great for things like jugged hare,
venison casserole, beef carbonade, Bolognese sauce...  Anything where
long slow cooking is required.

I've also used mine for keeping bread rolls or rice hot for a buffet!

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Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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Juno B wrote:
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I haven't found that to be the case here.  I use mine often
for pot roast with lots of veggies.  And My DMIL's special
recipe for sauerkraut, which is a must -have at Thanksgiving
dinner.  ;->

I also use it every Christmas to keep the mulled cider
warm...

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Beverly
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