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    Default Jam Making Machines

    Trousers and I went to friends this weekend, and in the course of conversations, evidently there are specific Jam Making Machines now available to buy.

    Please, please don't bombard me with why I shouldn't buy one and I should just stick to using the relevant setting on a Bread Maker, or continuing to use my trusty Preserving Pan. Please? because I'm not about to buy one, but I seriously do need to know if they're any good for a possible project in the future.

    I'm only asking a question here, and genuinely want to know about these machines.

    Do you know anyone who has one, and do they rate it?
    Have you got one, and do you rate it?
    Have you seen them advertised, or for sale, and pondered their possible faults?

    All and any constructive comments most welcome peeps.
    Thank you in advance.X.

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    Interesting thread Wellie (nothing new there). Never heard about these machines so will read with interest.
    Happy Gardening,

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    Never heard of them, but on first thoughts sounds like a manufacturer trying to sell a gimmicky machine.

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    I've seen the Tefal one at Lakeland and thought it looked quite good (but then again, I do have a secret identity... Gadget Woman ).

    I didn't think it could do anything I couldn't but it did look fun and fast and with less faff and cleaning than the traditional way. At 80 though, I think it's probably more for those who have lots of produce to preserve but neither the time or energy to do so.
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    I suspect (but I have a suspicious nature!) that in most cases - but I realise you are planning something Wellie-ish! - they will end up with sandwich toasters in the back of cupboards.
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    Somebody was asking about them in Lakeland when I was on there a couple of months ago, don't think they do very high volumes though and did sound rather expensive. Must be a bit popular though as that particular branch had sold out and the shopper was having problems getting hold of one.

    Some of us live in the past, always talking about back then. Some of us live in the future, always planning what we are going to do. And, then there are those, who neither look behind or ahead, but just enjoy the moment of right now.

    Which one are you and is it how you want to be?

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    The fact that they allegedly don't do vast quantities at a time is actually very appealing to me, because then you could make a couple of jars of this, and a couple of jars of that, of an evening or on a rainy day, as small quantities of fruits are harvested.

    And having bought a Heat Diffuser this weekend in Lakeland for my Damson Chutney making...... Do Jam Making Machines double up as Chutney Making Machines? or am I just being greedy here?!

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    Sorry to say this Wellie, but jam doesn't really need hi-tech. So if you want a machine whats wrong with the bread machine jam setting? Ours used to make a jar/couple of jars a time and was very easy.

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