Tuesday, 23 February 2016


It's February, so for a few weeks the Seville oranges are available to make marmalade. I've always enjoyed making marmalade. I don't save money doing it, it doesn't really save any time. For me it is therapy!

The fruit

This year's first batch is four fruit marmalade - oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit, and here is a picture of the fruit ready to be cut, squeezed, peeled, de-pithed and generally prepared. It is hard work, but it is rather pleasant to have your hands smelling of citrus!

Here is the boiling pan, with a muslin bag containing all the pith and pips. The finely shredded skin is on the surface.

Boiling the fruit.

Hours and hours later, and boiling the mixture frenetically gives you your marmalade, which needs to be poured into jars and sealed (and labelled - I'll get around to that later!)

14 jars of heaven!

However, what it is all about is the flavour, and the freshness, and the enjoyment of making something that is properly home-made. The marmalade is a little runny (despite using the pectin from the fruit, jam sugar, and a sachet of extra pectin), so any suggestions in letting me know how to get my marmalade more solid would be gratefully received.



Healthy said...

Maybe you could mix in a little grapefruit as well? Never had any problem with runniness using a mix of citrus.

playhookie said...

Stick an apple in there too - high in natural pectin and one won't change the flavour. Other things to look at are sugar to fruit ratio (should be 50:50) and whether you have cooked it long enough... Which is experience.

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