I have a condiment recipe that calls for 18 ounces each of apple jelly and pineapple preserves, among other things. I probably got the recipe in the late 80s and I've made it any number of times since then. Last time was maybe two years ago. I have never had a problem finding the ingredients I needed in a basic supermarket.
Yeterday afternoon, I made the rounds of 4 supermarkets in the Yorkville area of Manhattan. In the first one, I couldn't find either the apple jelly or the pineapple preserves. In the second, they had the pineapple, but not the apple. In the third, neither. In the fourth, they had the pineapple again, but not the apple. However, this was the only place I found quince jelly and I made an executive decision: take what you can get. I won't know until I taste the end product this evening if it was successful or misguided.
But the point is, whatever happened to these old supermarket items? They used to be on every store shelf and now I'm afraid my chutney recipe may be going the way of the hoola-hoop. Take a look at the jam and jelly aisle in your local market, wherever you are, and let me know if you see either of them, will ya?
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