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Making jam with or without pectin?

What a great thread with so much great contribution!
My interest in this thread was to see what people have to say about jelly. Although the majority of comments have to do with jam. Jam has fruit while jelly uses the juice of the fruit without the pulp.
I made a BlackBerry/strawberry jelly with some old fruit that needed to be used up. I added A bit of sugar, a bit of lemon juice, and some St. Germain. Strained out the pieces of fruit.
I did use Ball pectin, following the general cooking time on the pectin directions, and did normal canning procedures.
But as far as sugar lemon juice ratios go, I went off book. I am hoping that my jelly is safe on the shelf for the next couple of months until I open it.
I did open one of my jars, and it tasted great. It was not super gel and was on the loose side but that didn't matter too much to me. My concern is always for safety.

Jun 13, 2015
TheOxfordian in Home Cooking

Surfas Opening in Costa Mesa

@happycooking: Surfas will be opening in SoCo (South Coast Collection) where the OC Mart Mix is (Savory Spice Shop, Portola Coffee Lab, etc). Harbor blvd / 405 in Costa Mesa.

Sep 03, 2012
TheOxfordian in Los Angeles Area

Where can I find Wattle Seed ... local or online?

I did review their website and they do have it. The shipping to LA is about $30. And they sell 1.8 oz for $16. Pretty pricey altogether.
Fortunately I have some friends visiting AU right now and we got almost 16oz for $20.
But still need to find an ongoing provider.
ipsedixit had the best suggestion...the British website is very reasonable and shipping is $5 across the pond!

Aug 02, 2012
TheOxfordian in Los Angeles Area

Where can I find Wattle Seed ... local or online?

They never heard of wattleseed - thanks for the rec, tho :)

Aug 02, 2012
TheOxfordian in Los Angeles Area

Where can I find Wattle Seed ... local or online?

Ooo thank you! Fingers crossed!

Aug 01, 2012
TheOxfordian in Los Angeles Area

Where can I find Wattle Seed ... local or online?

I'm trying to find ground (or whole) the Australian spice wattle seed ( wattleseed ).
I've checked some of the online spice shops, but to no avail. I don't want to incur the exorbitant overseas shipping costs from AU ... does anyone know where Wattle Seed can be obtained?
Forever grateful!

Jul 31, 2012
TheOxfordian in Los Angeles Area

Ajicitos Dulces (Aji Dulce): Where can I find it in the Orange County?

I'm looking to make some boricua food that requires Ajicitos dulces
(Cachucha peppers)?

It's also simply called Aji Dulce.

Does anyone know where I can find it in Orange County?
I'd drive up to LA for them if I knew where to purchase.
Thanks!

Feb 18, 2011
TheOxfordian in Los Angeles Area

Your top long beach restaurants

I live in the Shoreline Village area.
A great neighborhood hole in the wall restaurant, that is off the radar, but sophisticated enough for foodies, is called Utopia Good Food & Fine Art.
It's on the corner of Linden Ave and 1st Street.
I highly recommend it.

They have a Sommelier and a very decent wine list.
The menu is quite an interesting mix of traditional and fusion.

Although I stated Parker Lighthouse, earlier in this thread, I'd like to change my vote to Utopia Restaurant.

Good luck!

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Utopia Good Food & Fine Art
445 E 1st St, Long Beach, CA 90802

Feb 17, 2011
TheOxfordian in Los Angeles Area

Your top long beach restaurants

We love Parker Lighthouse! I take my Dad there every Father's Day.
Great view if you sit outside (you really can't beat the view).
Awesome Seafood Linguine.

Feb 17, 2011
TheOxfordian in Los Angeles Area

Where can I find culantro and aji dulce in the Long Beach area?

PS> what about the 'aji dulce' ? Any ideas...?

Feb 17, 2011
TheOxfordian in Los Angeles Area

Where can I find culantro and aji dulce in the Long Beach area?

OMG...you guys ROCK!
I never would have known that.
Thank you so much!! I think there's a 99 Ranch in Westminister that I can swing by tomorrow before I begin cooking :)

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99 Ranch
17713 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA

Feb 17, 2011
TheOxfordian in Los Angeles Area

Where can I find culantro and aji dulce in the Long Beach area?

I'm attempting to make my own soffrito (among other things) and I'm having a heck of a time finding a latin market that carries culantro. Most everyone thinks I'm asking for cilantro.

Also, if you know of a place I can find aji dulce, I'd appreciate the input!

Feb 17, 2011
TheOxfordian in Los Angeles Area