Sorting Out and Making Marmalade

January is a good month to take stock of things in the kitchen. After the Christmas festivities and the New Year I use this month to go through all my stored foods, and check dates to make sure everything on shelves and in cupboards is still edible. It’s a good time to go through freezers as well, making sure that everything is rotated and used within a safe time period and to actually remind yourself of what is in there. This is especially important for fish, but also we all usually find something that has slipped behind everything else and has not emerged for an embarrassing length of time. Chuck it. Don’t take chances.

Its marmalade making month which we will be doing here tomorrow. This is the month when Seville oranges are in the supermarkets and they can be frozen whole for use later, if you want to do it…sometime! By the way, unwaxed lemons and limes also freeze whole extremely successfully, so buy when they are cheap and freeze. They are easier to zest when still frozen, and once defrosted, you will get more juice out than when they were fresh.

I will post up a recipe or two for marmalade in the next day or two. In the meanwhile I just saw this and thought I would put it out. Honey is one thing you should always have in your kitchens for medical as well as spreading on toast but here is a particular kind which has anti bacterial qualities and is worth having in store. It is expensive, so keep it for those emergencies. Honey will last indefinitely and remain edible.


Mysterious Honey Discovered That Kills All Bacteria Scientists throw at it.

AUSTRALIAN researchers have been astonished to discover a cure-all right under their noses — a honey sold in health food shops as a natural medicine.

Far from being an obscure health food with dubious healing qualities, new research has shown the honey kills every type of bacteria scientists have thrown at it, including the antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” plaguing hospitals and killing patients around the world.

Some bacteria have become resistant to every commonly prescribed antibacterial drug. But scientists found that Manuka honey, as it is known in New Zealand, or jelly bush honey, as it is known in Australia, killed every bacteria or pathogen it was tested on.



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    Bernice said,

    I did the same thing in January – I went through everything and threw out older items. Plus reorganized my pantries so I can find what I have! I tend to not be able to find an ingredient in my pantries and then end up buying another box of it. I am enjoying your blog and looking forward to your future postings.

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