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weaver hillbille

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#244285 Cactus jelly

Posted by weaver hillbille on Yesterday, 08:33 PM

  Do you do the spoon drop test?


I can't tell you how many times I've done this test only to have the jelly go back to running off the spoon instead of the drop sticking to it and hanging.


I usually keep doing the test for anywhere  from 5-10 minutes after I get the first good "hanger"- even putting a spoon of jelly in the freezer for a few to really tell if it'll  really jell.



#244284 Cactus jelly

Posted by weaver hillbille on Yesterday, 08:28 PM

The ratio of sugar and pectin to 5 gallonbucket of cactus apples is?


Don't sweat the syrup you made as you admit  to not enough pectin or you didn't draw out enough water( also an important variable-besides not going much over 218F .  


  Past that point, I have found, the jelly starts to get sticky, gummy and carmelized. 


 After a few failures ,I read up on pectin and found that the sugar /pectin ratio is key and of course is also tied to the sweetness of the fruit,,


,,,,,,,,,as well as the acidity of the mix( notice some jelly recipes call  out a bit of lemon juice?),,,,


,,,,,,,as well as the amount of water evaporated off. Mess up a variable, and your jelly  can get smoked, turned into taffy,,not jell at all or some other unjelly substance.


SO there's alot of variables in play and all  related.  Low and slow with a good  candy thermometer helps me.


 how much juice did you end up with before adding sugar and pectin and in what quantities? 


 Wanna trade for homegrown pomegranate jelly?  

 Had trees since I was a kid so I acquired the taste and recipe long ago . Parents had trees. And  Dad made jelly.  

#244055 San Diego Drywashing

Posted by weaver hillbille on 15 September 2014 - 12:11 PM

 Nice  gold- it paid for the beer or gas,,,, so close to my back yard.  Makes me think about the large buried granodiorite boulder in my backyard-right in the path of an old stream channel heading down the hill( now blurred by subdivision).


 Depending on where you were in RAmona ,it could be as you say an ancient river bed  or just the conglomerate rock that's thrown all over  SAn DIego county.  It's so widespread( down intoMexico, too)  I think it's  an indicator for the violence of the  impact  in the Yucatan 66 million years ago.



#244001 heavy metal stone

Posted by weaver hillbille on 13 September 2014 - 10:37 PM

specific gravity test and streak.........

#243970 Vein of Something..?

Posted by weaver hillbille on 12 September 2014 - 08:07 PM

  Just posted a few of the top links- bout a minute or so,,,, was interesting as GWN has some of the oldest rocks on this rock

( 'sides DU). Last pics are just some concreted mudstone... get a big hammer or a cheap Harbor Freight grinder and cheapy diamond  blade.

#243959 Vein of Something..?

Posted by weaver hillbille on 12 September 2014 - 12:54 PM

 Black shale 


There's a geologic map of the area at the link below.



 book entry http://books.google....rmation&f=false


pics https://www.google.c...YnGiwLW34GoBQ



 an oil play, huh? http://www.nasdaq.co...ampion-cm206027

#243900 Fossil....?

Posted by weaver hillbille on 10 September 2014 - 12:59 PM

 the first one looks llike some sort of clam, whelk,other shelled critter from the seafloor

#243863 Monday's Flooding

Posted by weaver hillbille on 09 September 2014 - 03:55 PM

 Wow, not sure how I''d handle 4" of rain . That's just incredible.


It'snot  over yet, watching some strong cells approaching the Bradshaws /WIckenburg from the SW.


 NOrbert did fizzle, though( at least  for the SAN DIEGO Desert :evil1: ) and barely registered .01" in the :grr01: heaviest rainfall areas.



#243846 How much?

Posted by weaver hillbille on 09 September 2014 - 01:33 PM

 See the moose on the left side in the 1st picture?

 Yes ,and a giant rabbit below that dominating over a  mountain goat

#243814 Rock ID anyone?

Posted by weaver hillbille on 08 September 2014 - 07:50 PM

detail is lacking, but since  you say it's heavy, Galena fits the general descrip.......


 Where did you find it?


#243659 good guy detectorist finds wedding ring

Posted by weaver hillbille on 05 September 2014 - 01:54 PM

:thumbsupanim  :ya:  :yesss:




OCEANSIDE — A family’s summer vacation in Oceanside became an agonizing tale for an Arizona woman who lost the wedding ring her husband gave her when they married nearly 20 years ago.

But thanks to the detective work and kindness of Vista resident Dennis Coppock her story has a happy ending.

Donna and Todd Stubblefield of Winslow, Ariz., were visiting coastal North County on July 15 with their two teenage sons. Donna Stubblefield was playing catch with one of her boys on the beach, just north of the Oceanside Municipal Pier, when the 3/4 carat diamond ring slipped off her finger....(big snip)"...

"“It’s just the right thing to do,” he said.

When the Stubblefields arrived home in Arizona, they sent Coppock a prepaid package for him to return the precious band, Donna said.

“I awaited anxiously for it and just a few days later, there it was, my wedding ring that I prayed for since it had been lost,” she said. “It ended up being in perfect condition, only full of sand.”

Coppock declined any reward for returning the ring, Donna said.

“What is remarkable is the fact that there are still people out there like Mr. Dennis Coppock, who still posses old fashioned morals and values,” she said. “Thank you Dennis from the bottom of our hearts. You will never know how grateful we are that you were the person that found my wedding ring.”"


Posted by weaver hillbille on 31 August 2014 - 04:24 PM

 Don't second guess yourself- we all do it thinking ," if only..................................." when the time comes.

 Usually it's in response  to remorse over a hasty reaction in times past, that in retrospect, could have been handled better.

...........or a better overall environment,, or food, or a different vet, or, ,, ......

YOu can't win the arguement against yourself ,if  but only to say that you( or me, or any other person responsible for an animal) ,,you tried your best and he had a better life( and death) for your efforts.


Noone wants a lingering death and no amount of whipout can erase the inevitable.



 NOt meaining to throw a wrench in here but I need a laugh...

 My first dog died  back in the 70's when his guts got tied up a bit from a , shall we say,a hygeine product for females.......... 

#241097 Some prayers for my friend.

Posted by weaver hillbille on 13 July 2014 - 08:43 AM

 As you describe the cancer, I would assume that doctors are telling her to get her house in order?




Prayers sent.




#240938 Claim Maintenance Fee Increase

Posted by weaver hillbille on 08 July 2014 - 12:27 PM

The "Small Miner's Waiver" still is in effect for claim holders with less than 10 claims ...

Must learn  "hoop jumpin, I guess. I can't find that smilie :barnie: 

"MAINTENANCE FEE PAYMENT WAIVER CERTIFICATION (aka SMALL MINERS EXEMPTION)--If a claimant owns 10 or fewer active claims/sites on federal lands in the United States, he may qualify for a maintenance fee payment waiver. Waivers must be filed or postmarked (if mailed) on or before September 1 for the subsequent assessment year. There is no fee to file a waiver. A waiver must be filed prior to each year a waiver of the fees is desired."

http://www.blm.gov/p...-002 Waiver.pdf

#240627 Too dang hot to get skunked!

Posted by weaver hillbille on 02 July 2014 - 03:29 PM

 It's only 75F at 5am daylight