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Cooking with Commercial (non-diluted) Food Grade Pectin

I live in Brazil (yep, the country) and love to make jams & jellies. I can generally go the no-pectin route, but some just won't set up properly without added pectin. Pectin that is available in the States, such as Sure-jell and Certo isn't available here, or if it is, I haven't found it.

My partner brought me a kilo of commercial grade citrus pectin, which is non-diluted. Commercial pectin such as Sure-jell has been diluted and stabilizers added. I've tried it in various combinations with poor results, as it does not dissolve very well. Wondering if anyone can give me some advice. I don't want to toss it because it's worth a fortune!

Jul 21, 2012
krisinsd in Home Cooking

Restaurants serving a variety of wild game?

Betrand's Mister A's used to have one wild game entree on it's menu, but it's been a couple of years since i've been there. Can't think of any place that has multiple wild game except Crazy Burger, but of course they only serve ground meat.

Mister A's Restaurant
2550 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

Jun 11, 2011
krisinsd in San Diego

Best Farmer's Market in San Diego?

You can turn any asparagus white by keeping it covered as it emerges from the ground, so 1.) it does take extra work and probably cost prohibitive and 2.) the varieties could be totally different here from Europe. I've never seen it at any farmer's markets here either. I'm still trying to figure out how they manage to grow asparagus year round, since it's about a seasonal as peaches. How do they do that?

Apr 03, 2011
krisinsd in San Diego


Does anyone have ideas about using different kinds of cheeses? I wouldn't use a soft cheese of course, but thinking about trying a dry hard goat cheese. Yea or nay?

Apr 02, 2011
krisinsd in Home Cooking

My egg dilema

A little egg science - the thickness of the shells has a whole lot to do with the age of the chicken. Pullets (young female chickens) sometimes lay eggs that don't even have shells and older chickens may lay eggs that have thinner shells - so basically, hens at the peak of thier child-bearing years lay the eggs with the best shells.

The other thing that affects the shell thickness is the amount of calcium the chickens eat (the shells ARE calcium). Free range chickens may have more calcium - if they truly are free range - because they can eat dirt, bugs and other little critters (WTF is a vegetarian chicken anyway?), but many chicken farmers supplement the chicken's diet with ground oyster shells to add calcium. I don't know if this is true, but I'm pretty sure the breed of chicken also has an impact on the thickness of the shells. There are some breeds that just simply lay more eggs and I gotta figure that it has an impact.

As far as freshness - can't help you there. I buy most of my eggs at the farmers market because I SUPPORT THE FARMERS, not Safeway. My best recommendation is to form a relationship with a farmer - I go to the same one each week - and tell them when you're not happy. I've bought eggs that I didn't think were up to par and told them the next week and was reimbursed. These people are not there for charity, so they're going to try to move all the product they have, just like any other business. Ask them for the freshest dozen they have.

And bring the carton back. Why not recycle it?

Mar 27, 2011
krisinsd in San Diego

Guarana Antarctica

Acai DOES stock it., but they've moved. They're on Cass now I believe. Website still say's Garnet. Call before you go 858-270-1822.

Mar 27, 2011
krisinsd in San Diego