Friday, February 09, 2007

Marmalade Making!

After the washing machine man had been and fixed my machine (£40) I had designated today as 'Marmalade Making Day'!
So are you ready? Here we go.........................

Gather all your ingredients



Wash the oranges and lemons!



no I didn't really use soapy water, I'm just checking your paying attention!!!!
Squeeze the oranges amd lemons, keep all the pips and pith to put into a muslin bag which will go into the marmalade mixture whilst cooking, this has pectin in it which helps the marmalade set!.



Now chop finely or mince the skins of the oranges and lemons. I am mincing with my £10 bargain buy mincer (including postage) from Ebay!! The suction thing isn't to good but it does an excellent job and definately speeds the whole process up.



Plonk everything except the sugar in a pan!



Bring to the boil and simmer for 2 hours, reducing the liquid by half, add the sugar.



bring back to the boil and boil vigourously until setting point, I use a thermometer for this, skim off the skum which I am in the middle of doing,cos I forgot to take a picture!! (silly me)



Pour into jars



and now for a close up



So would I make it again? Definately! The first part with the oranges and lemons takes about 1 hour, but I would imagine you could use a food processor which would speed everything up. You then have at least 2 hours if not more, in the middle whilst it boils to get on and do something else. Then reaching setting point and into jars!! Easy!!!!

9 comments:

Ex-Shammickite said...

oooo what a coincidence, I'm off to the kitchen to do exactly the same thing this morning! I finally found Seville oranges, and I already made one batch of marmalade, batch two coming up! Watch my blog for pix.

RUTH said...

Wow that was easy...to read....bet it tastes delicious too.

Vallen said...

That is a lovely afternoon's work. The jars look like jewels.

Auntie Noo said...

Oh wow that looks fab! - Now where did I put my oranges???

Allotment Lady said...

Brilliant

Easy peasy and now you are hooked.

I have another batch of oranges waiting for the off.

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Sheila said...

Glad to hear the washer is fixed..!
The marmalade looks delicious.
Now on some home made bread..mmm..!

Petunia's Gardener said...

This looks wonderful! Now did you actually seal/can them for long term keeping or more for short term? I've never done the actually canning part.

Libbys Blog said...

I shouldn't imagine they will last too long in this household!!!