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Comment Re: Cost (Score 1) 112

I weigh my ingredients, but I keep boiling until it goes the right consistency when dripped on an ice cube, or crinkles slightly when you push a finger through it after allowing a dribble to set briefly on a plate. After that, I just dump it in pre-sterilised jars to cool down, and pop the lids on while hot. They'll seal themselves as they cool, and if you've put enough sugar in, you shouldn't need to worry about them being contaminated by air/transfer, so there's no need for a full canning-style sterilisation. That's how we do it in the UK, anyway. I've never had a jar of home made jam go off - most of my ancient ones are lost to crystallisation, not mould.

Comment Re: Cost (Score 2, Informative) 112

Preserving sugar is large grain sugar suitable for making jams and jellies. The theory is the smaller surface area results in less froth and scum. Jamming sugar is that with pectin added. I've never needed to add pectin, though - I've just added some lemon juice if I have trouble getting it to set. Frequently, my problem is the opposite, and I've got lots of over thick jam in the cupboard.

Comment Re:Different how? (Score 1) 755

It frankly astonishes me how many people here clearly have never been poor.

Being poor is *shit*. I had next to no money as a student, and the experience strongly motivated me to never be poor again. Anyone who is satisfied with such a pale imitation of life is deserving of nothing but _pity_.

We have welfare, yet people still take jobs, and it's not like those of us with jobs aren't already paying for welfare anyway. All this does is chop out the bullshit middlemen.

Comment Wuh? (Score 1) 254

"Sure, LibreOffice does not provide the same level of features and finesse Microsoft's suite may boast"

But MS Office hasn't really had any substantial functionality changes since 1999, only frivolous window dressing. How the hell has LibreOffice not caught up in the intervening *15* years?!

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