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  1. Shea, thanks for the suggestion. I've seen that recipe before, but the granny smith apples are a little out of my budget. Gayle, that's a thought and certainly worth a try. My research shows Cas and Guava are also rich in pectin and frequently used in jams and jellies. I'm going to give those a try as well and I'll post my results.
  2. I've had a hard time finding pectin for making jam. The only place I've found it is at AutoMercado at $3 USD a box. I hear the Manzana Rosa is very rich in pectin and because of the mild taste, it can be used as a substitute for packaged pectin. I'm going to freeze some and give it a try the next time I make Sweet & Hot Pepper jam. I'm not sure how much of the Manzana Rosa to use, but trial and error is the only way to find out.
  3. Paul, Can "Topic Tags" be added at anytime and can they only be added by anyone, or just the original poster? It would be an interesting exercise to go back on some of these posts and add tags. A perfect example is the thread on "Life in CR: what is the one thing you cherish the most versus the coun". This has turned into a discussion on TSA screening and the CBP Global Entry's Trusted Travelers Network. I'm sure the topic has now been hijacked and it is no longer what the OP had in mind when she started the thread.
  4. I agree with Shea and Paul, we don't need more forum categories to check. Using tags is the best way to categorize and search. Next the guys will be asking for a forum on Men's issues, or auto racing, or where to go to play football/fúbol. I truly don't believe the forums moderators are set in their ways, they have been here longer that most members and have seen what works for the forums. IMHO, expanding the forum topics, will just make it harder to find something. I think it works great as it is.
  5. I am so glad y'all jumped on my warning and took action. I've been offline since yesterday, waiting to see the fall out. I never click on links from an entity I don't know. I really hope no one encountered any problems from these spammers.
  6. There have been a very large number of new members joining the forums just this morning. There have been a couple of inappropriate and off topic posts from a couple of these new members with links provided. I would recommend no one click on these links as they are probably sites that can infect your computers. Being for warned is for armed.
  7. The limón with the rough skin, that some say looks deseased, with an orange pulp is called the Limón Mandarina. Ticos love it on meat, especially chicharones, and it makes a great "lemonade". The large slightly oval shaped limónes with the smooth darker green skin are Limón Mesino are actually the Persia Limes. They are similar in size to the traditional limes you find in North America, but they are not quiet as oval. The little Limón Criolla is bright green to yellow when very ripe. It is totally round, almost the the diameter of ¢100 colones coin. It is tarter than the Limón Mesino and perfect for your Key Lime substitute. Then there is the Limón Dulce. It is large, about the size of a Valencia Orange with a smooth yellow skin when ripe. The skin of the wedge section tends to be on the bitter side, but the pulp between the wedges had a very mild sweet lemony taste. It is good for juice and I've been told by many Ticos it's great for the kidneys and stomach problems. At our local feria in Atenas I can find all 3 of the first types, but I've never seen the Limón Dulce. However, we've got a tree so full of this fruit at the moment, we've had to prop up the branches to keep them from breaking. Now we find the tree is in bloom again! If anyone wants Limón Dulce come on over. Hope this helps you identify the Limónes going forward. I almost forgot, there is also a fruit called a Naranja Agria (bitter orange). The name fits it to a tee, it is a very sour, bitter orange and it will make you pucker. I believe it is actually the Seville Orange and it is used for cooking and marinating meats, especially some of the tough beef we find here.
  8. Never heard that before, but maybe these are limes that have been chemically treated while growing, or before being brought to market. Mine are home grown and picked from the tree as needed. We have never had a problem with the zest. Just this past weekend I made a spicy carrot soup that called for lemon zest, so I used zest from a limón criolla and a limón dulce. It was amazing! Spicy Carrot Soup Recipe
  9. I use Limón Criolla all the time to make a Key Lime Pie. It's the closest you will find to a Key Lime and it's available everywhere. Our little tree produces an abundance all year long. The Limón Missina (or Persia Lime), the big lemon shaped ones, don't seem to impart the special flavor of the little round Key Lime. I've also made a lime pie using the Limón Mandarina, this is the lime with the rough peel and the orange colored pulp. It's good too, but we still prefer the Limón Criolla.
  10. I've been reading the Tico Times since 1969. Before I became fluent in español, it was my life line to what was happening around me and the English speaking community. TT brought me the news of Watergate, the Kent University riots, Nixon's resignation and the end of the Viet Nam War. The print edition will be missed, but I understand they are following the lead of so many others that were in the printed new business and have subsequently made the shift to digital. I will continue to enjoy the online edition.
  11. Here is a link to some jocote recipes. Cocina Costarricense Actually, the site has lots of wonderful recipes for "comida tipica" Buen provecho!
  12. Just an FYI, airlines will not accept pets for travel as checked baggage/cargo if they have been given any type of tranquilizer, because they do not want to be liable if the animal has a bad reaction to the medication. They will make the shipper sign a document stating the animal has not been medicated. I assume these regulations would not apply if the pet is small enough to travel "in-cabin", but I would check with the airline anyway.
  13. Thanks Eleanor... In spite of the stress, it was fun to do and now we can take pride in our semi-Tico style house, with lots of "unseen" Gringo amenities. We have a serious problem with water pressure in our little Tico neighborhood, so we fixed it with a 2500 liter water storage tank connect to a 60 liter pressurized water pump. Now AyA can cut us off when ever they want, we got a backup system. We also installed a 12 liter LP gas on-demand water heater. We converted both the dryer and stove we brought with us to use propane and this should cut down on our electric bill. Granted, the dryer only gets used when we go several days without sun. We insisted our builder put all water lines and electrical conduit in the attic so there will be no broken lines when the ground shifts (I had that happen to me after an earthquake in Alajuela years ago. We had to rip up the living room tile to find the leak and the patch job never did match the rest of the floor.) Our builder was so impressed with this building technique, he says that's the way he plans to do it from now on. We spent the extra money to put on a clay barrel tile roof and now we can actually hear each other when we have our afternoon downpours. I am amazed at how much cooler it is inside too. The tile is the perfect radiant barrier. My husband is busy building shelves for the pantry and cuarto de pilas this week and it's going to be nice to unpack and finally have a place to put stuff. We've been living in our 30 sq. meter casita for the past year. It was so jammed packed, we barely had elbow room. All in all, we are really pleased with how well everything turned out with the new Casa. I'm glad I can say this home is now our forever home.
  14. FWIW, we just completed construction of our 1700 sq foot home and moved in this past week. In addition to the house, there is about 1500 sq. feet in walkways, carport and terraza all under roof. We started construction on Nov. 28th, 2011 and our cost came in at $49.26 per sq. ft, only 1.6% over budget. I think the amount over budget is a direct result of some price increases we encountered back in February on steel, electrical cable and some other stuff. Granted, we saved lots of money by managing the budget ourselves and we were on-site all day, everyday. We negotiated discounts on materials at 3 different suppliers and setup accounts for electronic payments. We handled all the building permits & construction workers insurance. We also arranged for the utilities ourselves. We relied on our civil engineer to draw up the plans to code, based on our detailed design. He was also responsible for inspecting the job site on a regular basis. We saved money doing it this way, but it is not to be taken on lightly. Fluency in Spanish is a must, along with knowing where to buy materials and how to select a building contractor. It was a very stressful project, and we had many sleepless nights working out some of the details. You know the kind of sleepless nights I mean, where the brain just won't stop thinking and let you go to sleep. We are so glad it is all behind us now. We just have a short list of items that need to be installed. As soon as these are done we can unpack all the stuff we've had in storage since last year.
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