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From: Betty Hickey <>
Subject: Re: [NZ-MEMORIES] Preserving
Date: Sat, 17 Feb 2007 16:18:03 +1300
At my age, I still think Mr Wattie (or whover) does a much better job than I
do now, and that home preserves tasted a whole lot better than the tinned
variety we get today. But I happily go along with 'The Line of Least
Resistance' and shall continue to do so until I drop.
Betty, in now sunny Napier
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jack Gruschow" <>
To: <>; <>
Sent: Saturday, February 17, 2007 3:16 PM
Subject: Re: [NZ-MEMORIES] Preserving
> Being a mere male I know nothing about pickling and preserving. But,that
> said, I do have opinions.
> I used to love preserved fruit, pickles and pickled meat. Haven't had any
> for years.
> Tinned fruit tastes nothing like it is supposed to. Too much sugar and
> artificial flavouring I suspect.. Just don't buy it .
> And pickles. My favourite meal used to be cold meat and pickles.
> I bought a tin of tongue and a bottle of piccalilli the other week.
> Repulsive. No mustard in the pickle. Looked like jam to me. And probably
> tasted like bought jam too.
> My g/mother used to bottle fruit and vegetables, make pickles and chutney,
> and preserve meat and eggs.
> You can't get food like that today.
> Corned Beef. Absolutely no flavour
> Corned Mutton. My butcher's never heard of it!
> Venison. Tastes nothing like wild deer
> Garlic. Odorless and tasteless.
> Tomatoes. Hot house or imported. Zero taste. I would love to try a
> Tomato again.
> Supermarket Potatoes. No taste. Remember when you just washed a new
> potatoe and boiled it with a sprig of mint. Makes me drool thinking of it.
> Butter. Why won't they put enough salt in it?
> I could go on all day.
> Whoever invented the deep freezer and supermarkets has a lot to answer
> Poultry. Mostly frozen and tasteless. Nothing beats a home killed fowl.
> Roasted the day it was killed
> Jack Gruschow
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Bev Moore" <>
> To: <>; <>
> Sent: Saturday, February 17, 2007 2:32 PM
> Subject: Re: [NZ-MEMORIES] Preserving
>> I still do it Betty
>> Distrustful me, I at least know what is in the preserves, jam and pickles
>> that I make.
>> One day I opened a 225grm can of fruit and I fit two of those into a
>> preserving jar, so I guess it is still cheaper
>> These days reuse any "pop top" jars and don't pay for seals.
>> Bev M
>> Sunny Whitianga
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Betty Hickey" <>
>> To: <>
>> Sent: Saturday, February 17, 2007 12:01 PM
>> Subject: [NZ-MEMORIES] Preserving
>>> We were once obsessed with bottling fruit at this time each year. It
>>> started about 100 years ago when cookbooks solely on preserving came
>>> out.The basic process of heat sterilisation was poorly understood back
>>> then, so there would have been many failures! But around 1940- 50 better
>>> jars and seals had been developed and every good housewife was standing
>>> over a pan of bubbling fruit in the height of summer (with frayed
>>> But did it really save money? We had to buy fruit, sugar, jars, seals,
>>> the equipment and the electricity necessary for the process - not to
>>> mention the time involved.
>>> Glow of satisfaction at the end of it notwithstanding, today I believe
>>> that Mr Wattie (or Heinz) does a much better job of it than I do, so
>>> given up!
>>> Betty, in grey Napier
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