Marmalade

Marmalade

I have tried many different recipes and there are lots to try on the internet. But this is Nigel Slater’s recipe and I love Nigel Slater! His recipes are easy and always work, they taste great, they are easy to understand, follow and practical. Nigel has lots of good cookbooks available too…check them out!
Marmalade is best known for eating on buttered toast, but you can also use it to glaze a ham, which gives it a beautiful taste. Orange marmalade is a common ingredient in quick Asian-style sauces to go on pork or chicken. The orange marmalade can be made more tart by adding lemon juice or more savory by adding beef or chicken broth. The orange marmalade sauce is usually thickened with flour or cornstarch to create a thick glaze that coats the meat. Orange marmalade sauce can be used on other meats too, such as veal cutlets, fish or shrimp. I also like it instead of jam in rice pudding.

Marmalade Recipe:

I made two batches this year. One with organic fruit, the other not. The flavour of the organic one shone most brilliantly and took less time to reach setting point. This is enough to fill about 5 or 6 normal jam jars.

12 Seville oranges

2 lemons

1.25kg unrefined golden granulated sugar

Using a small, particularly sharp kitchen knife, score four lines down each fruit from top to bottom, as if you were cutting the fruit into quarters. Let the knife cut through the peel but without piercing the fruit.

Cut each quarter of peel into fine shreds (or thicker slices if you like a chunkier texture). Squeeze each of the peeled oranges and lemons into a jug, removing and reserving all the pulp and pips.

Make the juice up to 4 litres with cold water, pouring it into the bowl with the shredded peel. You may need more than one bowl here. Tie the reserved pith, squeezed-out orange and lemon pulp and the pips in muslin bag and push into the peel and juice. Set aside in a cold place and leave overnight.

The next day, tip the juice and shredded peel into a large stainless steel or enamelled pan (or a preserving pan for those lucky enough to have one) and push the muslin bag down under the juice. Bring to the boil then lower the heat so that the liquid continues to simmer merrily. It is ready when the peel is totally soft and translucent. This can take anything from 40 minutes to a good hour-and-a-half, depending purely on how thick you have cut your peel. (This time, mine took 45 minutes with the organic oranges, just over an hour with the others.)

Once the fruit is ready, lift out the muslin bag and leave it in a bowl until it is cool enough to handle. Add the sugar to the peel and juice and turn up the heat, bringing the marmalade to a rolling boil. Squeeze every last bit of juice from the reserved muslin bag into the pan. Skim off any froth that rises to the surface. (If you don’t your preserve will be cloudy.) Leave at a fast boil for 15 minutes. Remove a tablespoon of the preserve, put it on a plate, and pop it into the fridge for a few minutes. If a thick skin forms on the surface of the refrigerated marmalade, then it is ready and you can switch the pan off. If the tester is still liquid, then let the marmalade boil for longer. Test every 10 to 15 minutes. Some mixtures can take up to 50 minutes to reach setting consistency.

Ladle into the sterilised pots and seal immediately.

To sterilise your jars, either put them through dishwasher before use, so that they are still hot when you ladle marmalade into them, or pop jars in oven at 180 degrees for about 10 minutes, so they are hot when you ladle into them. They must be sterilised or fungal deposits may grow. This is also why you put waxed paper circles ontop of marmalade [or jam] to prevent any air getting to it and spoiling it.

Waxed circles and the plastic covers can be bought at a number of outlets. I get most of my cooking equipment here in the UK from Lakeland. Since I live in the Highlands, away from large shopping centres [JOY!], I choose their home delivery option, which is quick, and they are a very friendly and efficient company to deal with.

http://www.lakeland.co.uk/Homepage.action

Have fun! Granny.

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