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Seville Orange Marmalade
Tue 5-Jan-16
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It's that time of year when the Seville Oranges are in the shops and I'm itching to make the most of them as I have orders to fill and people asking for their favourite variations.

Simple enough question and one that has bugged me for a while.

Shreds!!

I have 1200 grams in weight Seville Oranges - 10 oranges in total.

I prefer to cook the fruit whole and then cut the peel but with 10 fruits I have an enormous amount of peel - even though it is cut into medium to chunky shreds.

I don't want to risk making a batch which is too 'shreddy' but on the other hand I've never seen a recipe yet that advises anything other than cutting up all the peel.

Anyone else have this concern and do you use say just 2/3rds of the peel or is it just me :-/

I can always freeze the leftovers for use later on in year when Sevilles are not available but I wonder if I should put all the peel in this batch.

Any thought's?

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Tue 5-Jan-16
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Surely you'd have the same dilemma however many you cook with?

Why not cut some up before cooking, and freeze the shreds.

Or, perhaps make some pectin (apple peels and cores) to add to your marmalade - which will make more 'juice' to accommodate the extra oranges?

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Tue 5-Jan-16
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Well some oranges are smaller than others - which I know sounds stupid because you would assume that would mean less peel but these are medium sized and all of the recipes I normally follow use the ratio of juice/water to weight of fruit - not numbers of oranges. I could have 5 oranges weighing 1kg or 8 but 8 will give me much more peel....if that makes sense. Just seems an awful lot of shreds to my eye but I could be wrong.

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Wed 6-Jan-16
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I always use all the peel Maura, as sevilles set so well, you could even add extra water and sugar and make the batch go further. Having seen a programme a few years ago about making orange squash, I recall being told that the majority of flavour of them is in the skin, and although boiling them will extract some of the flavour into the liquid, there is still so much flavour left in the shred, it would be a shame to waste.

if you really don't want to use it, I'd shred it and freeze and use in something else at a later point.

Wed 6-Jan-16
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Thanks Jan

I potted up 9 x 12oz jars today and used virtually all the peel and flesh in the end. I cut the remaining peels up into shreds and popped them in freezer. Actually there wasn't as many left over as I thought there might be but all the jars were packed with peel so I'm hoping it will work. I added whiskey to this batch as I have quite a few people asking me for it. I have no problems with the other types of marmalade I make - I use all the peel and flesh on those and they work out fine - it's just Sevilles I worry about.

Trouble is since we have both been on the SW diet we don't eat any of the jams or marmalades so can't try it and you really do need to taste them to get a good idea if they work or not. Richard has now lost 5 stone and I'm almost up to 2½ stone so we are nearly at our target weight and feeling so much better. I think he looks 10 years younger - not sure I do, but hey you can't have everything can you!

Talk soon xxx

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Thu 7-Jan-16
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I was doing really well until we went on the cruise in December, just doing some eating up, and then I will get back on the weight loss plan. Well done to both of you though, wow!

Thu 7-Jan-16
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I know - it's quite astonishing - I have to keep looking at him because it's made such a difference. We always ate well as neither of us are into junk food so the changes for us were not huge. Cannot believe we have done it really - but there are so many like us in the groups that attend. If you are prepared to make some changes then it works but if you really don't want to give up or cut down those cream cakes and 2 glasses of wine a night then it probably won't work. I think you have to be in the right frame of mind - we just cleared out all the stuff in the freezers and cupboards and gave it away to family and made fresh start. Virtually everything is cooked from scratch and the only thing I really miss is the french bread and brie, toast & jam and a bit of cake now and then.  You can have any of those if you want - just in moderation, but I'm staying off them for now.

Another plus is Richard has been able to ditch all meds, no blood pressure tabs or high cholesterol so he i well pleased.

Anyway....must toddle off as need to sort out these elderberries 🙁

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Thu 7-Jan-16
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Winter tonic is a good one with the elderberries, apples, a lime a chilli and I think it's supposed to have eucalyptus leaves, all stewed up together then jelly bagged, reboiled with sugar/ honey. It tastes delicious, either as awarding drink ( use like cordial, but with hot water) or a spoonful a day. Wish I had some now, but didn't think to bring it.

Thu 7-Jan-16
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mmmm that sounds lovely Jan. I only have small amount of these frozen ones and have just steamed them to extract the juice as I couldn't get all the little spiky bits out of them and didn't want to risk boiling all those bits (reading up about elderberries there is a certain amount of poison in the stems) up in the water.

Just felt a better (cleaner) option to steam them. So now I have this really thick syrupy juice. I have found this recipe http://www.greenmanherbalist.co.uk/blog/?m=201212 and wondering if I can adapt it to use honey instead of sugar and also should I water it down a bit.....trial and error I guess.

Will keep your recipe and use it when I get some dried berries. I'm looking to order elderberries and echinacea - so many people have this bug I know it will be in demand and I have a supply of bottles just right for the job.

Just need to tart feeling well enough to get on with it all flaming_nora

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Fri 8-Jan-16
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Hope you're feeling better soon Maura, I've just been out walking the dogs at this farm I'm staying at and got another of the crashing headaches while at the top of the hill, they are definitely linked to exertion, but nothing massive, just the slightest amount of effort seems to set them off. Came back here and 2 anadins and a cuppa and they seem to have done the job, but they're a bit worrying...just been browsing the Internet for 'pulsing headaches' and you can scare yourself stupid with all the info.eeek

Fri 8-Jan-16
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Oh dear Jan that sounds horrible - don't look on internet - go to see your doctor. Could it be raised blood pressure when you exert yourself that gives you the head ache? A couple of years ago I kept experiencing increased heart beats and feeling breathless - bit like a panic attack but they mostly only occurred when I was totally relaxed or laying down in bed. They put me on ECG's and did a whole raft of tests but it took a specialist to actually pinpoint it. The culprit was caffeine!! I seem to have become intolerant to it as it only takes a very small amount to set me off. So now I just make sure I don't have it at all and I rarely get the symptoms - but I can tell you I was very worried at the time and thought it must be my heart.

Get checked out and put your mind to rest. smile

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Fri 8-Jan-16
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I'd agree with Maura, Jan - could be raised blood pressure.  Or possibly blocked sinuses or sinus infection?  Best to see your GP.

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Fri 8-Jan-16
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Well my sinuses are a constant problem Sue, but I'm used to that pain and know when it's them, this is at the top/ back of my head and the easiest way to explain it is that it's like my pulse, but really loud and every pulse is this throbbing pain. I suppose blood pressure could be an issue, I'm not particularly fit at the mo.

Fri 8-Jan-16
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Please get yourself checked out at the doctor's, Janet.  big_hug

Fri 8-Jan-16
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If it's still happening after the weekend I will make an appointment...no doubt for some time in mid February !!

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