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Pectin questions for first canning attempt

Thanks... This is really helpful and interesting. I live in Canada, and I haven't seen Pomona's anywhere so I don't think I will be using it. I think for this round I will use the commercial preparations, and then, if all goes well, start experimenting with my own!

Aug 30, 2010
NoraBlenderbee in Home Cooking

Pectin questions for first canning attempt

I am about to start canning my first round of peach preserves and jam.
I bought Certo liquid pectin, but having spent the last couple of hours looking at recipes, I wonder if there is an alternative. (some commenters on a few websites have indicated it makes jam with an unpleasant texture or chemical aftertaste--this would break my heart)

I also have a few general pectin questions:
1) what are different kinds of pectin available? What do you use and why do you prefer it?
2 ) what's better powdered or liquid?
3) is 85ml one brand of liquid pectin (certo) = another
4) can you make your own? ( how difficult is it -- where are supplies available etc.)

Aug 29, 2010
NoraBlenderbee in Home Cooking

Fresh or frozen LOCAL ducks

I think I saw a sign at Fiesta Farms today that says you can order ducks through them.

Fiesta Farms
200 Christie St, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

Worst in Toronto

Agreed. Horrible. Haven't been back in two years, after I was forced to go for a birthday dinner. Terrible service, worse food.

Worst in Toronto

Sigh... both of these places were great for late night grease just over a decade ago... Not many lunch counters/stainless steel diners left in this town. Its sad that they have not aged well. I fear they will be knocked down and turned into condos.

Worst in Toronto

I used to go to Harbord Fish and Chips--but that is over 10 years ago... It was great then... anyone care to comment if its still great now?

147 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1H1, CA

Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives (Canadian Version)

vesta lunch -- original diner with formica counter and stools, where you can find char brolied burgers--according to their sign. Love it...
Mars Diner -- 50's style stainless steel diner and lunch counter, not what it was 15 years ago, but still a great place to get a greasy breakfast (at 4am on a weekend). I worry this place will eventually be overtaken by gentrification, and the fear of cholesterol. come for the grease, stay for the sardine sandwich on rye.

simple Chinese or Vietnamese options downtown

A visit to Toronto would not be complete without either Chinese Traditional Buns (536 Dundas West, at Kensington north side) or, Mothers Dumplings (421 Spadina Avenue, just south of college east side)
Not exactly what you asked for... because diprey11 has given you the destinations where you will find allllll that you have asked for and more--a walk down Spadina from college to just past Dundas, plus a little east or west of spadina on Dundas, will find you everything you have asked for and more.

Chinese Traditional Buns
536 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

Restaurant Recommendations?? For Milano, Italia!

Apologies in advance if I am posting to the wrong thread...this is my first post, so:

I will have 3 days in Milan, and I am looking for some restaurant recommendations. I am looking for places with great food at budget travel prices...And maybe one pricier resto where two can eat and have a bottle of wine for >100EU.

Jul 25, 2010
NoraBlenderbee in Italy