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Marmalade - HELP
Fri 7-Oct-11
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Stupidly I gave away too much of my Seville marmalade earlier in the year to various friends etc. and now I am on my last jar, which may last the month, or may not. It was the same last year and I vowed to be less generous in future, but failed. I know I could have made more but then probably I would simply have given more away and I would still be here, back at square one. Last year I made a replacement with Valencia (I think !) oranges and Lemons with the addition of whisky and that oddly enough was really OK but I have seen some tins of seville oranges on the supermarket shelf, as a stop gap has anyone used them and also does it feel like you may as well have bought jars of marmalade - any advice would be appreciated

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Fri 7-Oct-11
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Dear 'Confused of Suffolk'

 

My old next door neighbour used to swear by them.  I normally had to get her a few tins of the stuff and the appropriate quantity of sugar to go with them.  You could still add the whisky for that 'special touch'.

 

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That'll teach you to be so generous.....big_laughbig_laugh

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Fri 7-Oct-11
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It might not be generosity of course but something less noble, like ego and a wish to seek approval, now where is my medication ?

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Fri 7-Oct-11
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Next to mine on the shelf....does it ring a few 'Bells'?  and don't forget the cream for massaging your ego....eeekeeek

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The lady always brings the cream with her Elsa (in my dreams!!). Now I am off down to Kent for w/e, unless it rains will be doing a carboot sale on Sunday now that is what is called having a ding-dong time is it not..

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Fri 7-Oct-11
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Chris

I have use thatt tinned  stuff in the past, is it call Mamade or something like that, looks disgusting when you pour it out of the jar, but it's not that bad when made up.

Fri 7-Oct-11
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Janet, many thanks. Not too sure, will try a tin and see how it goes, o/w I'll do without, I have loads of other marmalades that I have made so I am not exactly short of stuff for the morning toast or bread and butter pudding etc.. but I just like it more than the others.

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Sun 9-Oct-11
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The tinned stuff is,as Janet says, grim when in the can, but fine once cooked up.The addition of some extra lemon zest and using orange juice rather than any extra water adds a kick-as does whisky....

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Thu 3-Nov-11
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Just to report back, many thanks for the advice. Bought one can to try, frankly it cooks up really well and is a damned site easier than all the faffing around with oranges etc.. except you don't get quite the sense of satisfaction, but I do now have my marmalade sorted for Christmas, I did put in some lemon Kate and a fair slurp of whisky. Will be making some more, many thanks folks...

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Thu 3-Nov-11
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Well done Chris,

Nice to know someone has the Christmas present situation under control.....I have been making lots of fruit liqueurs, fruit flavoured vinegars etc. so I expect I will use some of them to give away. The chili sherry was a great hit last year. I have been saving little bottles all year to decant into. At the moment I am reducing my mixture of Quince Cheese so it sets well. I have got the drained liquid ready for Quince Jelly. I love both so much that I am mean enough not to give them away. I never have enough as my quince tree is too young at the moment; this years fruit was the gift of my generous next door neighbour, who also gave me some of her Membrillo as it was too sweet & odd-tasting for her. She wanted me to try it to see if it tasted right (she had never made it before)....it was delicious but I don't think she will make it again....maybe more quinces for me next year.....!!!  big_laugh

At long last I have managed to develop a cider vinegar "mother". The big bottle now has a thick rubbery disk on it & smells very vinegary......victory at last. I hope soon to divide it & start another bottle & maybe in the future I can pass some on to other forumites if they want some.  I have been making it in 2 litre brown plastic gingerbeer bottles without lids but with paper towel fastened over the top to let the air in, without the flies. 

 

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Thu 3-Nov-11
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Hurrah- good news Chris- yes, it is a LOT less faffing.

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

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Glad to hear it worked Chris, yes I usally add a few extras, frozen peel from satsumasa and things like that, and a nice slug of whisky works wonders

Tue 29-Nov-11
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After my earlier 'success' with the tinned stuff I made a larger batch (2 tins) yesterday exactly the same as last time but it is cloudy where as the previous lot was clear and bright. Taste is exactly right just a bit dissappointing in the appearance stakes; the only difference was this time, to the trial tin I did a couple of weeks back, is that I put in glug of whisky as I often have in the past - any ideas why this has happenned please ?  I stirred this lot a bit more than the first lot perhaps to make sure it didn't catch and burn on the bottom of the pan but cannot think that is the cause and whisky has never resulted in cloudy appearance before. Puzzling.....

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Wed 30-Nov-11
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No idea Chris, sorry, never had the problem meself either

Thu 1-Dec-11
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maybe the stirring as when making jellies the rule is not to disturb as it makes it cloudy. I have never met this problem with marmalade and have always stirred it . Bit of a mysteryconfused

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