I made marmalade :)
I have been meaning to make it for several years, but the thought of all the chopping and peeling really put me off.
Then I saw that Riverford were doing a special ‘marmalade bag’ with seville oranges and lemons, and a recipe, and I decided that this would be the year I finally did it.

I used a different recipe in the end-this one here for Herb Scented Marmalade from Waitrose, but I omitted the herbs.
I liked the idea of boiling the oranges first and thought it might make peeling and cutting them slightly less arduous. Having never made it before, I have no idea if this was easier or not. It was a bit of a faff, but no worse than making chutney.

This is what you need:

This is what you do:




PM jam

Hooray and hurrah!
OK, so it a little on the browny side, and the peel is ‘rustic cut’ and some of it *may* be a little charred where it caught on the bottom of the pan. But it is still, unequivocally, marmalade.
Happy days :)



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Robyn - 01/02/2014

We’ve made marmalade each year for the last several – using a Delia recipe, bizarrely. Only had one disaster in all the batches we’ve done, which was when we took our “eye off the ball” as it were, and let it burn. You’ll be hooked now you’ve done it once!
Oh, and pfft to “finely” chopped peel – I’ll have rustic every time!

Jen - 02/02/2014

Rustic marmalade is ‘on trend’, or it should be ;)

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fredthethread - 06/02/2015

I love lots of peel in my marmalade so making your own is always better. Your marmalade looks great.

boiling the oranges is very important without it the sugar hardens the peel – I speak from experience – my first marmalade had very tough skin that was inedible! All that effort wasted, I did not skip that stage again!

Jen - 10/02/2015

It seems to be a ‘do-able’ method-I don’t think I am patient enough to chop all the peel if it is not nice and soft from being boiled!

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