Pomona’s Pectin

Posted on July 29, 2012 at 1:45 pm

I thought it would be a good idea to break out the information about Pomona’s Pectin into a separate article.

Q: Where can I buy Pomona’s?
A: You can buy it online in bulk, which is what I would recommend.

Q: What makes it different from the regular stuff?
A: You can double, triple, quadruple, or whatever your recipe size. You can also make jam with no added sugar, or make it with honey or other complex syrups instead, while still using less sweetener than regular pectin.

Q: Wait – regular pectin always says “don’t double”. How can you double up the recipe with Pomona’s?
A: Because it doesn’t set with sugar – it sets with calcium water.

Q: Calcium water? What’s that?
A: In the instructions it tells you how to make the calcium water with the provided sachet of calcium powder – 1/2 teaspoon of calcium powder to 1/2 cup of water. Shake them thoroughly together and store the calcium water in the fridge. Discard it if it discolours or gets moldy.

Q: So, you’re telling me this is a form of pectin that allows me to scale my recipes up or down, allows me to make jam or jelly without added sugar, or by using honey instead? Really?!!?
A: Yup!

Q: So where were you on the night of the 15th?!!?
A: This interview is over!

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weekly links

Posted on July 8, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Hyperpalatibility is a real problem.

More ridiculously bad science/hysteria against healthy food. Folks, healthy food includes fat.

Interesting Christian perspective on food stockpiling. The comments are wonderfully spiritual – stockpiling against contingencies doesn’t just mean *your* contingency: it means you can help your friends, neighbours, or families, when the s*** hits the fan.

This article thoroughly grossed me out.

Think you know all about cholesterol? think again.

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Weekly links

Posted on May 27, 2011 at 10:57 am

Some articles I have found interesting this week.

Pesticides are damaging babies in utero, affecting their IQ for life.

Could your ground beef be destroying the planet? (Grassfed is way better for your health anyway!)

Interesting correlation between fast food consumption and obesity, but remember: correlation does not equate to causality.

With the recent tornadoes that devastated central Alabama, this guide is very timely.

As someone who instinctively dislikes fad diets of any type, this article is fascinating, but also shaped by the preconceptions of the host site. The article referred to in there is available here and is also worth reading. Please, engage your intelligence and education before jumping on the latest bandwagon diet!

A natural follow on is this article from a Swedish MD. Low fat diets are ruinous to health, and yet medical professionals still follow the same, wrong, guidelines.

The USDA revises safe cooking temperatures for all red meat roasts/joints to 145f/63c plus a 3 minute rest. Temperatures for poultry and ground meat remain the same.

I can’t think of something witty to say about this graphic. It’s appalling.

The Republicans in Congress want to cut funding to WIC. Insanity.

Dutch Jewish groups are facing off against animal activists. Here’s the point: humans are OMNIVORES. Deal with it.

Would you eat meat grown in a lab instead of in an animal? I would at least try it.

What makes bad food so good?

I think Meatless Mondays are a fundamentally silly concept, but not for the reason you may imagine. I think if a change is worth making, make the change: just do it and incorporate that change into your daily life. I am not saying “don’t do it”: just don’t let yourself get bogged down in it. Eat meatless for a week, then eat lots of steak the next 😉

Speaking of meatless: sausage recipes!

Can Mexican beer be something other than “served with lime”? These guys think so.

If this article doesn’t make you feel horrible, I don’t know what will. Hungry children in a western country – what we arrogantly call the “first world” – is an abomination, a national disgrace.

And a nasty juxtaposition with the above is the fact that Americans waste 40% of all the food they buy. Appalling.

Dairy is not, after all, a risk factor in heart attacks. Can we please, finally, lay to rest the myth that dietary fat = ZOMG HEARTATTACK?

No, really – go ahead and eat cheese!

Grilled corn? Yes please!

Granddaughter of the girl scout cookie inventor on why her grandmother would be ashamed today

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Posted on May 23, 2011 at 8:48 am

Here’s some articles I have enjoyed reading during the week.

The first suggestion in this article uses my favourite bean, the black bean.

Do video games make you eat more?

Is eating healthier more expensive? Not necessarily, according to Sparkpeople, but look at the comments and how defeatist so many people are. If YOU want to be healthier, you start with YOU, not someone else…

How to avoid canning burnout, a real issue for home canners.

No, you don’t need all those expensive trinkets advertised on infomercials. Go minimalist instead.

Girl Scout cookies are killing orang-utans which makes Terry Pratchett a Sad Panda.

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