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      18.11.2010 00:06
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      I have used The English Provender Company's "Very Lazy Garlic" a few times - and I think its a winner. I am one of those people who will go to the supermarket and happily spend money on already chopped onions and freshly prepared salad - and anything that makes my life a little bit easier is something that I'm more than willing to embrace. Yes, I freely admit that peeling and crushing garlic is not one of the most taxing jobs, but it still takes time and its inevitable (at least it is when I do it!) that you're going to end up with garlic smelling fingers for a few hours. And this is where the EPC Very Lazy Garlic product really comes into its own!!

      The garlic comes ready crushed in a 200g screw lid jar that can be kept in the fridge once opened to keep it fresh. As I've said, the garlic is ready crushed and preserved in white wine vinegar so that it can be kept. Although when you take the lid off you can smell the vinegar, I've found that in the process of cooking, the vinegar taste evaporates and so it doesn't affect the garlicky taste that I was aiming for. In addition to this, if I am putting it in non-cooked dishes, such as salad dressings, the vinegary taste seems to complement these types of dishes also - and so thats fine.

      The garlic taste fresh and it lasts in the fridge for several weeks - and really does taste like you've just crushed it! In addition to this, I think that because you're able to take exactly as much as you want at a time, you actually save money because you're not throwing bits away that you're not going to use.

      I recommend this without question.

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        16.11.2010 20:37
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        saves time in the kitchen

        One of my best buys ever! Lazy garlic is made by English Provender Company is ideal for those of us that are lazy, or live hectic lifestyles. Well, my life is a bit of both!

        I enjoy cooking in the evening, but after a hard days work, cooking and trying to entertain a little one, I find doing all three hard going! Also, one of my pet hates is chopping garlic! I decided to try the lazy garlic so that I could prepare my supper with less fuss and less cleaning up-now I guess that is lazy!! Although I thought I would only purchase it once(because it cost quite a bit more than fresh garlic), I havn't turned back since.

        lazy garlic comes in a clear jar with a black screw lid. The jar is cube shaped with a black label on the front and back.
        200g jar rrp of approx £1.80, but I did get my most recent jar on offer in Tesco for £1 (that was a few weeks ago). Quite pricey, but it really does last ages & I don't have to wonder every week whilst doing my shop whether I have any garlic, or whether it's gone off. I actually believe that it works out cheaper than buying fresh garlic.

        The jar contains crushed garlic in white wine vinegar and it lasts for weeks in the fridge (I have kept
        it in the fridge for a couple of months& it still tastes fine). All you need to do is use a teaspoon and add it as you usually would to your cooking, it's that easy!

        I use the garlic in curry, stir fries, casseroles, pasta dishes etc. and it gives good flavour. I do use more of it from the jar than I would with fresh garlic, but I think that might be because it is so convenient & I don't need to peel another clove.

        ingredients:white wine vinegar, dried garlic.

        Nutrition:per 100g - 98kcal, fat 0.8g

        for more information on range of products and recipe ideas visit www.verylazy.com.

        thank you for reading.

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          05.01.2010 18:49
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          Very lazy garlic made by English Provender Company is a great store cupboard staple,I always make sure I have a jar in, it comes in a 200g jar and is basically minced garlic in white wine vinegar.
          It is a little bit pricey with an rrp of roughly £1.80 but considering one teaspoon of it is equivelent to one clove of garlic then a little bit goes a very long way and once opened can be stored for anything upto 12 weeks.
          I would definately recommend it in chunky pasta sauces, curry bases and in stews, what I wouldn't recommend it for is anything which you want to puree at the end to be smooth as these teeny bits of garlic jump out of the way of both my stick blender and ordinary blender, so not so good for soups etc...

          If you have never tried this then it is definately worth a try as it does give very good results, while you get to avoid the lingering pong of garlic on your hands.

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          17.09.2009 16:43
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          I eat quite a lot of garlic - I love to cook rich pasta sauces, and they are alwasy heavily laden with garlic . The problem I have though, is garlic, like onions, makes me cry when chopping it . It also makes my hands smell very strongly of garlic, which takes a lot of washing to get rid of .

          So, a jar of pre-chopped garlic seemed like the ideal solution to my problems , and on a trip to my supermarket I found just the right product - Very Lazy Garlic from the English Provender Company. The jar is very simple, clear glass with a black lid and a black label, proclaiming the product name - Very Lazy Garlic- across the front, and also informing us that the garlic is preserved in a white wine vinegar . It cost me £1.80 for a 200g jar.

          I was a little concerned that the taste of the vinegar would come out in my food when cooking, especially as vinegar is actually the main smell you get when opening the jar , although at least the garlic isn't swimming in it . One teaspoon of this garlic, which is very finely chopped, is equivalent to one clove of garlic .

          I've used this a few times in bolgnese sauces, on pizzas, and with garlic mushrooms, and I'm glad to report that you don't taste the wine vinegar . But, you don't seem to taste the garlic very much either - it's there, but it seems as though preserving it has made it less potent . So, I find myself using more teaspoons of this than I would use if I were using cloved garlic .

          Aside from the mild taste, another disadvantage of this is that some of my favourite recipes call for roasted garlic - and I just can't roast this garlic as it's too fine . So, I've found myself reverting to fresh garlic again, complete with tears and obsessive hand washing .

          I do think this is a good product in that it saves time and is very convenient, but it just doesn't really pack a punch . For those who only like a mild garlic hint, this may be ideal . But I like my flavours to pack a wallop, and this just doesn't do that.

          I won't be buying this again, but I'll use up the rest of the jar to avoid wasting it . Sadly I can only give this product 3 stars .

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            02.06.2009 13:09
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            A must have fridge friend

            EPC Very Lazy Garlic is a dream come true. Saddo I know, but ny dreams do have a tendancy to revolve around food. I have been using this stuff for years now and I always have a jar or industial size pot of it in the fridge. (You can get 1.25kg sized pots at Costco which is a wholesaler)

            Its basicaly finally chopped peices of garlic, about 1-2mm each pieces that has been picked in white wine vinegar. Needs to be stored in the fridge once opened, and used within 12 weeks. Will discolour after this time and go a little rancid! Perfect to scoop out a spoonfull a dollop it into cooking. I have been brought up in an Intalian household, so garlic for me is a very staple item in the vast majority of my cooking. I need flavour in my food, and garlic, salt, pepper and chilli is very important to me. Be warned, one makes you very heavy handed with the garlic in sauces.

            Very Lazy Garlic is wonderful for cooking with, although I think it is screamingly obvious that this cheat item is being used as it doesn.t break down in the looking process, the perfectly uniformly cut pieces of garlic are very visable in for instance a tomato sauce. So I tend to cut real garlic and crush it when I have a dinner party. It looks like pips, slightly larger than tomato pips in the dish.

            I think its not great to use in salads or something that raw garlic is required, it doesn't have that strong natural flavour that some of these dishes needed, like rubbing over a piece of bread like a bruschetta.

            Overall, a wonderfull product that has a multitude of uses. Not as good as fresh garlic, but a real must have in any home cooks fridge.

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              08.04.2009 18:16
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              EPC Very Lazy Garlic is basically chopped garlic in a bottle, though there are many reasons why I dont like this garlic and would prefere to just buy and chop my own clove, as smelly of work that this is.

              I love cooking with garlic, its a great flavour to add to make some dishes a bit more interesting and I love making my own garlic butter to eat with chips, though I wasnt impressed with EPC Very Lazy Garlic and think that it is an overpriced way to add a vinegar tasting garlic taste to your food.

              The first reason why I dont like this Very Lazy Garlic is because it comes bottled with vinegar, which is a taste that overides the garlic in my opinion, making your dish, or garlic butter taste vinegarish and takes away taste or just completely ruins the taste in my opinion, though I do admit that I am not a great fan of vinegar in general, when you cut your own garlic clove you know that there will be more vinegar taste added along, unless you add it yourself.

              Another reason I dont like EPC Very Lazy Garlic is that it costs alot in the shop to buy, I bought mine for around £1.75 a jar. Which is much more expensive than if you were buying a clove or two of garlic, and at least it would taste fresh and less like it has been 'preserved'.

              Finally, you need to use quite alot of garlic to get a strong enough taste from this product as it tastes pretty weak, (maybe because of the vinegar?) , Id say maybe double than if you were chopping your own, so a jar wont really last you as long as you think it will.

              Ok so chopping garlic can be really annoying, and it can be a really smelly and tedious job to get stuck with, and it can take up some time, however its best in this case if you can resist being lazy, as EPC Very Lazy Garlic in my opinion isnt really the best option.

              I wouldnt really recommend this to anyone who is as fussy with their food as I am, I prefere to just chop my own garlic, it might take a little longer, but at least its only the taste of garlic I will be adding to my dishes.

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                08.04.2009 17:37
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                Great alternative to garlic cloves

                After reviewing Very Lazy Chilli I thought I should review my other god send in the kitchen - Very Lazy Garlic.

                Produced by The English Provender Company, VLG is another genius invention. I love garlic but hate the fuss of peeling the garlic cloves and then choping or pressing the cloves. VLG comes in tiny ticed cubes meaning all you have to do is add it to your recipe.

                It comes in a small black cubed glass jar, with a black screw lid. You can see (as in the above picture) that the jar is filled with tiny cubes of garlic, meaning that you don't have the problem of biting into your meal to discover a piece of garlic that you obviously didn't chop too well!!

                For each clove of garlic you would previously have used you simply add one teaspoon of VLG and you're done!! Easy as that!!

                The garlic comes in white wine vinegar and I must add that when you open the jar there is an over riding smell of vinegar - I hate vinegar!! This really put me off but once it has been added to your recipe you cannot taste any vinegar (thank goodness!) However, the garlic taste is not that strong so I would personally reccommend adding 2 teaspoons of garlic for every large clove you would have previously used.

                At £1.74 for a 108g jar, I think this is perfectly priced. There is none of the hassle or waste from buying garlic cloves and the jar will last you a good few meals!

                If you enjoy this product I reccommend trying Very Lazy Chilli which I have also reviewed. Very Lazy Garlic (and Chilli) can be purchased in all major supermarkets or the website http://www.englishprovender.co.uk/

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                  19.02.2009 18:08
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                  A great way to use garlic

                  I must start this review by telling you that I don't like garlic - I never have. I do like garlic bread but that's about as far as it goes. Consequently I never have fresh garlic in the kitchen as it isn't something I would consider cooking with.

                  Dave likes garlic but is quite happy to go without when it's a meal that we are both going to be eating, but when he was staying in Edinburgh on business and was renting a house for a time he bought himself some Very Lazy Garlic to use in his cooking. When he returned home he bought the remainder of the jar with him and put it in the fridge.

                  Dave and I are now following the Slimming World eating plan and as such we are eating a lot of fruit and vegetables and cutting out fat and sugar. Whilst this is helping us to lose weight and feel healthier a meal of vegetables can occasionally be a bit bland if you're not careful.

                  The other day I was cooking a vegetable risotto using a recipe that I read here on Dooyoo and one of the ingredients was garlic so I bravely decided to use the Lazy Garlic and see how it tasted.

                  The garlic comes in a glass jar which is cube shaped and has a black screw top lid. It is made by the English Provender Company and is called Very Lazy Garlic in White Wine Vinegar.

                  My first problem was to find out how much to use. The recipe said use one clove of garlic so I needed to know what the equivalent amount was in Very Lazy Garlic. The label on the back of the jar had a peel here corner so I peeled it back and the information was there - one teaspoon of Lazy Garlic equates to one clove of fresh garlic.

                  Incidentally when I peeled the label back Dave was quite surprised - he hadn't even noticed the peel here message on the corner!

                  Looking through the glass the contents were beige in colour and had been chopped into tiny pieces. They were clearly moist although there wasn't enough liquid in the jar to make the contents wet.

                  I unscrewed the lid, removed it and sniffed the contents of the jar. I had expected there to be a strong smell of garlic but the overriding smell was the white wine vinegar.

                  To make the risotto I had to begin by frying onion and garlic together in the wok so I chopped the onion and added a spoonful of Very Lazy Garlic to the wok already sprayed with Fry Light oil. I could smell the onion frying but again I couldn't smell the garlic.

                  When the risotto was cooked it was time for the taste test. Both Dave and I really enjoyed the meal. I commented that I couldn't taste the garlic, but Dave said that it wasn't a distinctive taste but rather it just served to bring out the taste of the rest of the ingredients. Obviously this was fine by me!

                  I have since made the risotto again and added a bit more of the garlic with the same results.

                  The obvious advantage of the lazy garlic is the fact that it is so easy to store and to use. There's no chopping or pressing of garlic cloves and so no washing up of smelly chopping boards, knives or garlic presses!

                  The Very Lazy Garlic currently costs about £1.75 for a jar containing 200g which I would say is a reasonable price.

                  So there you are garlic that, in my opinion, doesn't smell or taste like garlic but certainly makes the food taste good so it suits me!

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                    28.01.2009 11:31
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                    A lovely lazy garlic that is affordable and convenient.

                    Very Lazy Garlic is a kitchen must have in our house. It is made by the English Provender Company and widely available in supermarkets for around £1.50 for a jar including at Tesco. Although it may sound expensive, we actually find it is cheaper to buy this product than to buy fresh garlic and risk wasting some each time. With this product, the garlic is all finely diced in the jar so I can take just what I need each time I cook.

                    The garlic has a lovely strong aroma that is obviously pure and of real garlic. The fine dicing makes this an instant addition to recipes as well because the pieces are plenty small enough to stir into most dishes. This can easily be made into a paste if desired by using a hand blender though I have only ever bothered once.

                    Each jar stays fresh in the refrigerator for up to twelve weeks after opening. I find a jar will usually last us a bit less than that but I think the long best before date is ideal for those who only use small quantities of garlic in their cooking and do not want to have to keep wasting excess. It is equally ideal for those who do not want ot have the fuss of chopping and dicing individual garlic cloves, which are quite expensive anyway, every time they want to add a little garlic to their home cooking.

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                      21.10.2008 02:04

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                      Buy it if you are a lazy person like myself.

                      This stuff is a dream for lazy people like me. All it is is garlic that has already been crushed and put into a jar in its own garliccy juices which means you dont have to A. Buy a Garlic Crusher and B. Clean a garlic crusher. You literally just stick a spoon in and put it in your food. I do find this has a stronger than normal flavour of garlic which is good and means you can use slightly less but it does have a very good flavour nevertheless. I would recommend this for use on pizzas and in quick meals when you want a flavour. It will keep like forever without going off. As an alternative, there are other brands available from supermarket own brands like tescos and asda etc. I would recommend this anyway. It is sat on my shelf and I use it frequently to cook.

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                      28.02.2008 09:34
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                      A cook's helper but not a panacea

                      Garlic is one of those larder/store cupboard staples that I wouldn't be without. Its addition to certain foods can really perk them up and its use with others can even be a main flavour. It's not without it's problems though. Although garlic keeps well it can be a pain to prepare. Cleaning presses can be a chore, few of us have the nifty knife skills to really finely chop a clove or six and then there's the smell that lingers on your hands. All in all, if someone came up with an easier way to do it you'd go for it, right?

                      There are alternatives but few manage to add that "fresh garlic" taste. Garlic salt is often used but this really does add salt and is really hard to get right. Dried garlic just doesn't do the business and you're more likely to get a sawdust texture to your food than a fresh garlic flavour. Garlic paste is OK if you want to add to a bolognaise or other saucy dish but it's not going to get a stir fry, Kiev or similar dish going. If only someone would do the prep for us....

                      Well, they do, and "they" come from many different companies. The English Provender Company (or EPC) have long been producing pickles and preserves and, a few years ago, made the move to "lazy" ingredients. This Lazy range comprises pre-prepared basic ingredients to take the hassle out of cooking. You can get garlic, ginger, chillies (red and green) and even caramelized onions together, rather oddly, with two sweet offerings, a chocolate sauce and a raspberry coulis (neither of which I would say are worth buying!).

                      So, is the Lazy way a good way for once?

                      I'll give it a reserved, "yes".

                      The garlic in the jar is fairly finely chopped and is stored in wine vinegar. In theory the vinegar will evaporate during cooking so that there will be no acidic taint. Whilst this might be the case for some methods of cooking I don't find that the vinegar always goes and, if you have a delicately balanced dish the vinegar taste can remain. It's fine for hearty dishes though. If you can get rid of the vinegar taste (or don't mind it) then the flavour of the garlic is fresh and almost true to a completely fresh clove. A suggestion that I have seen before is to wash the garlic under the tap before adding it - now, I might be splitting hairs here, but if I'm going to go through that faff I might as well chop the garlic myself!

                      If I'm honest I don't much like the texture of the chopped garlic. There' s something a little too uniform and edgy about it and, if using in a dish where there is a predominant garlic flavour the texture might just give away the fact that you've cheated. It tends to be firmer than hand cut or pressed garlic.

                      The producers suggest that one teaspoon is equivalent to one clove of garlic. Now, at least in my house, garlic has never been an exact science. Some cloves are bigger than others, some more pungent. I'd say that a teaspoon was the equivalent of a large clove of fairly mild garlic (the sort that doesn't make you wince as you chop it!). If you like your garlic strong then you'll need to use more BUT remember that the texture may well give you away.

                      The jar of chopped garlic will keep for up to 12 weeks in a fridge once it has been opened. Personally this is just about long enough for me but I'll also confess to using it after this time with no real degradation of results. As a result you'll often find a jar of this in the door of my fridge... or, to be more precise, a competitors product.

                      You see, I think that both M&S and Waitrose own versions of this are superior. I find the garlic less firm and edgy in texture. The vinegar is also, to my mind, less apparent.

                      Of course this cheats ingredient is not suitable for all uses. You'll not manage to recreate the sweet taste of roasted garlic with this and you can't be that subtle with it (for one the chunks remain, for two it's quite hard to get a delicate flavour with it, it seems to be all or none). Still, it saves on washing up and smelly hands. It won't cure smelly breath though!

                      Whichever version you go for expect to pay between £1.50 and £1.75 for a jar in February 2008. This compares quite favourably with fresh garlic and so I don't think it too overpriced.

                      EPC have just received a boost too from Delia, two of their Lazy ingredients (although not the garlic) have been mentioned in her latest "How to Cheat" book.... Expect the shelves to be bare within weeks!

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                        27.02.2008 12:49
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                        use sparingly

                        I first bought this product around 2 years ago, when a chef my husband and i knew made us some garlic bread, which my husband was in awe of. When we asked him how he made it, he confesed that he actually used very lazy garlic. He got a wholegrain loaf, cut it into big chunks, toasted it, buttered it, put a bit of lazy garlic on it and then lightly toasted again.

                        of course this led to my husband becoming detemined that we were to create such a masterpiece in our own home-although i for one cannot stomach my husbands recreation.
                        Being a garlic fanatic he tends to smother it, and its too potent for me, who just likes a hint of the flavour.

                        we found this on the shelf at tesco for £1.50 a jar, which lasts us a couple of months, as a little goes a long way.

                        One thing that amazes me is that although this garlic is 'pickled' in white wine vinegar to keep it fresh, my husband still loves it, yet cannot stomach anything vinegary usually-not that it tastes of vinegar with the strength of the garlic! i think that the garlic is almost 'steeped' in the vinegar, as the smell is amazingly strong when you open the jar.

                        The garlic cloves basically are peeled and chopped into little cubes of convenience and then covered in white wine vinegar to keep them fresh. they come in a little square clear glass jar that has a jam jar style lid, that just screws on and off.

                        The reason for the name is simple really-there is no effort in using this garlic, literally you open and spoon into whatever you are making. It's great in pasta sauces for extra flavour or sprinkled around potatoes in the roasting tin, mixed with lemon juice and baked in salmon wrapped in foil.

                        just remember, a little goes a very long way-i dont think we're going to have any vampires round here any time soon!

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                        I spotted this in the supermarket about a year ago now and have been using it ever since. It is so easy and convenient to use and stops you getting garlic fingers after skinning and chopping fresh garlic cloves. I hate cleaning the garlic crusher after use and this little jar is a perfect solution to all the nasty side of being a garlic lover. (The only thing it doesn't do is freshen your breath after eating!)

                        Garlic is a strong and powerful ingredient and if you use too much in your cooking it will totally overtake any other flavour in your dish. I love it in pasta dishes the best but even then using it in moderation is better as it mingles with other flavours such as tomato or mushroom in a far more pleasing combination than if it is mostly a garlic flavour.

                        The little jar is a good size and once opened will keep for up to 12 weeks in your fridge which is an excellent period of time in which to use it all up. It also fits into the shelf in the fridge door which is useful.

                        The garlic pieces inside are chopped up nice and tiny, giving your food that gorgeous garlic taste without coming across huge chunks of it in your Spaghetti Bolognaise. The pieces are stored in a White Wine Vinegar in the jar to stop them drying out but this evaporates during cooking and leaves no acidic taste to your food. I have found that as I get near the bottom of a jar the vinegar is mostly gone and the garlic pieces do tend to dry a little and stick to the sides of the jar but they are still just as tasty and easy to scoop out with a teaspoon.

                        I use this for so many dishes as it is a really simple to use ingredient. Practically all my pasta dishes have garlic in them now and certainly Shepherd's Pie and Spag Bol. Even my roast potatoes and veg have a little sprinkling of garlic over them before being put in the oven. I also mix it with Quark (soft cheese) and stuff chicken breasts with it for healthy Chicken Kiev. The recipes garlic can be added to are endless and if you like the taste, which is an acquired taste I think, this little jar of Very Lazy Garlic is ideal to keep in the fridge.

                        The only thing to be aware of is that it is very easy to put too much in the food you are preparing. I made a Shepherd's Pie last night for four people and put two teaspoons of garlic pieces in to it. It was lovely for me but the children didn't like it too much and my husband commented that it was a bit overpowering. Two teaspoons I think would be equivalent to about 5 garlic cloves, so maybe stick to half a teaspoon or a whole one if you are a garlic lover and the flavour will be more subtle. The makers, English Provender, state that you can replace one teaspoon for the equivalent of a clove of garlic but I guess it depends how well you load the spoon as I think the ratio is much more than that.

                        Of course garlic has great health benefits as well, namely for the heart, keeping it functioning well and although you can take garlic capsules to avoid the bad breath - I much prefer to add the real stuff to my food as the taste is delicious.

                        I buy mine from Sainsbury's and it costs me £1.48 for the jar which then lasts me approximately two months. I think this is very cost effective as fresh garlic would need replacing more often and I would probably not use it as much due to the effort required in peeling and chopping/crushing.

                        An excellent little jar for countless dinners.

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