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Marmalade
Sun 10-Jan-10
4:31 pm
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brightspark
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I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, but now, January, is the Seville orange time.

We have found, generally, that shop-bought marmalade is a bit too sweet for our tastes, so I prefer to make my own. However, I do have an enormous number of preserves, so I don't want to make too much (a year's worth is too much, really, considering the amount of space needed to store them). So, how do I manage throughout the year? Well, this is my answer to the problem:

Every time we eat or use citrus fruits, I wash the fruit first, and save the peel. Remove the flesh remaining, and cut finely into shreds. Then freeze them. When I have what I think is sufficient to make a batch of marmalade (or when I have run out!), then they go into a large pan, and cover with water and simmer for a few hours till really soft.

Then I add lemon juice and fresh orange juice to the pan and bring to the boil again before measuring /weighing. Add the sugar, and the 'magic ingredient' - apple juice.

The apple juice is the result of using some Bramley apples for a particular dish, and reserving all the peel and cores - everything - and boiling up, for a good bit of natural pectin.

I suppose Certo could be an alternative.

Treat as usual for marmalade.

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Sun 10-Jan-10
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BS - It's time we had a Marmalade thread. Like you said, now is the time. Thanks for kick-starting it.

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Sun 17-Jan-10
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Hi everyone! I am new to this forum! Well, I have never made jam or marmalade before, however, I have now bought the equipment and I am going to endeavour to make some marmalade! It all sounds so complicated and I am a little nervous. (Okay, I am very nervous!). I decided to make it as we seem to get through so much and there is nothing more vexing than making your toast in the morning to discover an empty marmalade jar or no jar at all because someone (that's me) forgot to buy it! So here goes.......please wish me luck......

Sun 17-Jan-10
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Definitely wishing you luck on that one Susie. It is a long time since I made marmelade but I make lots of jam but tend to make mine in the microwave when we are getting low on jam. Welcome to the site by the way and if you get stuck someone can probably point you in the right direction.Ok

Sun 17-Jan-10
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I am trying to track down seville oranges here in france; think I am on a loser as France is not exactly keen on marmalade: ho well Laugh

Sun 17-Jan-10
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Bought seville oranges yesterday, going to simmer the fruit overnight in the slow cooker and spend Monday making the marmalade.  What a lovely way to spend your birthdayCool

Have never made 'proper' marmalade before only used the pre prepared tins of Mamade, so I am looking forward to jars of yummy preserve.  Very shreddy for Nigel and shredless for me.  I love the flavour of good marmalade but hate the 'bits', daft, isn't it Big_Laugh

Sun 17-Jan-10
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I am a very chunky as bitter as possible girl!Surprised

Sun 17-Jan-10
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I found some Seville oranges in Waitrose this afternoon and am about to embark on firming up my Seville Orange and Quince Marmalade recipe! Exciting stuff.

Hello Susi Laugh the recipe that we use for marmalade is very easy it is here.

Oh dear, poor Shelley. Once you've tasted homemade marmalade there's no going back.

Good luck Suky!

Sun 17-Jan-10
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Oranges simmered in slowcooker for 3 hours, now cooling.  I have cut a couple in half just to check they are cooked - and they are, so step 2 coming up!  The kitchen smells wonderful Heart

Tue 19-Jan-10
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I used delia's seville orange marmalade recipe last year, and added a few cloves to the bag of flesh and pith, which made a lovely wintry christmasy taste. Made a new batch yesterday with extra lemony goodness, so hoping for a slightly zingier result, haven't tried any yet, will probably break it out of the fridge when I get in from work before heading off to Welsh class.

I quite agree, homememade marmalade, indeed homemade any kind of jam/preserve, is unbeatable.

I think lime marmalade should be next on my agenda, though shall have to scout for recipes first. Any suggestions?

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Tue 19-Jan-10
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Quite agree that home made marmalade can't be beaten.

For me it's chunky but has to be soft chunks

Haven't found any sevilles on the market as yet but I guess it's still early days

Tue 19-Jan-10
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Hi, Digger, and welcome on board. Our house was filled with marvelous marmalade aromas today as Fiona made her first batch of the season.

I never knew that Seville oranges are quite expensive at this time (mid-Jan) and therefore only stores like Waitrose stock them. Tesco will have them in a few weeks time.

What a social shocker! We paid the premium price in order to get some jars onto the gateside stand early.

Suky - keep us posted. Have you tried it on toast yet?

Rae - you are yet another lady of wide ranging activities and multiple projects. I used to adore lime marmalade back in the days when I had an iron tum. Sadly, no more. Too acidic for me now but I used to absolutely adore the shop-bought variety. What was the best brand? Roses?

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Wed 20-Jan-10
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Danny i can't think of a brand name off the top of my head for lime marmalade. i shall do some reasearch.

I tested my latest batch of orange stuff last night, and was slightly disappointed to find it hadn't set properly, so shall have to chuck it all back in the pan and boil it a bit more when i get the time. i may add a bit more lemon juice at that point also as though it was indeed frecher and zingier than the lovely clove stuff, it wasn't quite fresh and zingy enough for my liking. I shall report back with my results.

it wont be for a little while though, as the next few days will mostly be taken up with my other half moving in to my house and then a trip to London for his sister's birthday. A conservative estimate is that marmalade repairs will take place next wednesday.

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Wed 20-Jan-10
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Shelley, I think all the Seville oranges go straight to the UK, bypassing France 🙂 But there's a Fête de la Bigarade (bitter orange) in La Caunette the weekend of 27 February. A little bird tells me you can buy suitable oranges there. I haven't been here when it's been on the last few years, but I'm determined to get there this time. Hey, if we both went, we could meet up! Maybe it's a bit far for you though.

(if this appears twice, it's because the forum crashed when I posted the first time!)

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Not keen on supermarkets - last visit to Tesco was over two year sago.

But the good news is that a freind has spotted some sevilles on the local market - must nip out at lunchtime and see for myself.

Has any one been to the Marmalade Festival - http://www.marmaladefestival.com in previous years?

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