If you've never 'put up' anything before, try this easy recipe. It uses only four cups of berries and makes six half-pints. Your family will love you for this!

1 medium orange
1 lemon
3/4 cup water
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
4 cups crushed blueberries
5 cups sugar
One 6-oz. package liquid fruit pectin

PEEL orange and lemon, then finely chop rind and place in a Dutch oven. Chop the orange and lemon pulp then set this aside. Add water and baking soda to rind; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for ten minutes stirring occasionally.
ADD chopped orange and lemon pulp, blueberries and sugar; return to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer five minutes. Next remove from heat and cool five minutes.
ADD your pectin then return to boil. Boil one minutes stirring constantly, then remove from heat and skim off foam with a metal spoon.
POUR into hot, sterilized jars, filling 1/4 inch from top; wipe jar rims. Cover at once with metal lids and screw on bands. Let them cool down. You will hear the tops 'pop', this is fine.
This recipe will make you six half-pints.

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.

 

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.

 

Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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