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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
  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
  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 ma
  15. My Tico cousin travels to the U.S. on business frequently. He only has a CR DL, and he always rents a car from one of the big rental car companies at the airport. Not a problem.
  16. Hmmm, I get an error saying I have used up my quota whenever I try to use the new "Like This" button.
  17. You do not have to have a U.S. bank account to open a PayPal account. I know, because I have 2 PayPal accounts, one uses my Banco Nacional Debit Card and the other uses my U.S. bank account. The difference between the two accounts is simple. I can transfer funds I receive into my checking account only if it is linked to U.S. account. I can't transfer funds sent to me into my Banco Nacional account. I can only use it to send money to others or make online payments.
  18. You need to check your banks policy as related to unauthorized debit card charges. My bank reimburses any unauthorized card transaction made at stores, ATMs, on the phone or online when reported promptly. The problem with a debit card is once a thief get a hold of your debit card number, they can very quickly wipe out your account balance before you get a chance to report the fraud to your bank. Personally, I've had my debit card registered with both PayPal and Amazon.com for years, and I've never had a problem. They both have very solid reputations and do a good job of protecting th
  19. PayPal is also a great option. You could set it up the PayPal account with just a credit or debit card, but you have to have a U.S. bank setup on PayPal if you want to payments/transfers debited to a bank account. Transfers to a person without a bank account restrict how the funds can be accessed, by limiting them to shop only where PayPal is accepted. Here is the info on PayPal fees, taken from their web page: What fees apply?To send someone money for 'Personal payments' (split an expense or repay a debt): It's free to transfer money when you use the bal
  20. Having worked in the U.S. banking industry most of my life, I can assure you that a depositor can submit a foreign check into what is know as the collection process. It can take anywhere from 5 to 20 days for the cleared funds to be credited to the depositor's account, depending on the country. In today's market, I'm pretty sure the depositor will incur a hefty service charge, almost as bad as a wire transfer. With that having been said, if you are sending a grandkid a $25 check, it may cost the parents $25 in service charges. As stated earlier, the better option is an Amazon Gift certif
  21. David, My husband used a CPAP for a few years until he lost 100 lbs. and no longer needed to use it. He always worried about us losing power here in Houston, especially with the frequent summer storms and Hurricanes. The UPS devices only work for a limited amount of time. Those that will last for hours are very expensive and that wasn't an option for us. Instead of a UPS, he bought one of those emergency lights, that only come on the power goes out. (See link here.) He then opened the case and wired in a small alarm buzzer that turns on with the emergency light whenever we lose ele
  22. Ray, it is just a security token that generates a random number that you need to enter online when prompted. It doesn't plug into anything. When you push the button on the device, a number will display long enough for you to enter the digits on the BN website. Here is a photo of the token so you can visualize it.
  23. SydB, you are so far off base in your assumptions it's laughable. If you take the time to look, you will find expats with diverse political views all across the entire socio-economic spectrum. I'm not that closed minded to think I can guess at other folks motive for wanting to live anywhere. I am a "gringa" with adult tico children that DID NOT marry for CR Residency and I know it is not possible to simply pigeon hole people into fixed categories with fixed motives just because they are expats living in Costa Rica. We each have our own unique reasons for being where we are, and I for one do
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