I had a ‘Martha’ moment this week and decided to make orange marmalade. Never made it before. Don’t even like it. But, Mr. W does and neighbor Gail had given me a boatload of oranges and grapefruit so I thought…..what the heck….give it a go!
It was fun! I think I’ll do it again but first I need to source some canning jars. It’s ok to reuse jars but they just don’t look as PRETTY lined up on the counter as if you use all the same size/shape jar.
I used oranges, grapefruit and lemons – sliced as thin as I could. Some of the pith, pits and chunks I put in a bag in the pot to extract the pectin but this was thrown away after cooking. Added water and boiled for about 2 hours. Removed from heat and added about 3 & 1/2 POUNDS of sugar (1.6kg), cooked for another 2 hours waiting for it to get to the right consistency (thanks to the Woman’s Weekly cookbook from the 1960’s!) and waaaaaaaalaaaaaaaaaa……….orange marmalade for brekkie the next morning for Mr. W.
He says it’s good. I don’t think it’s quite as good as Gail’s Double cooked Seville marmalade from last year – but pretty darn good for my first batch. I’m going to try it again with the Seville oranges when they come into season.