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please help me!! my marmalade is not setting and I want to go to bed! !

(32 Posts)
mamacoffee Fri 29-Mar-13 22:35:52

Spent all day preparing my marmalade in between everything else, got dcs to bed and now ive been doing the last stage, ie boiling all the components together waiting for it to set. And it WON'T SET!!!

I WANT TO SLEEP!!!

Please help!!!

mamacoffee Sat 30-Mar-13 20:36:23

Thank you everyone!

MrsPennyapple Sat 30-Mar-13 20:06:08

Brilliant! smile

ATouchOfStuffing Sat 30-Mar-13 19:43:28

Yummy! Making me want toast now! Well done, glad it worked smile

BCBG Sat 30-Mar-13 13:29:25

Looks fantastic!

mamacoffee Sat 30-Mar-13 12:26:23

trying a jpeg this should work now

mamacoffee Sat 30-Mar-13 12:21:45

heres a pic its a gif hope it works

mamacoffee Sat 30-Mar-13 12:19:07

Hello everyone, yes it did set, and we had lovely marmalade on toast this morning! Thank you for all your help everyone!!

so here's what I think I'll do differently next time grin
1. make in smaller batch or do final stage in 2 pans if larger batch
2. add lemon juice/pectin earlier- i was using small oranges, possibly they were clementines or tangerines, i don't know, they were given to me, but they weren't oranges, so probably needed more pectin
3. cook peel for longer
4. have lemon juice/pectin on hand for boiling stage in case needed

anything else i should add to my list?

will try to post a pic! never done that on here before!

BCBG Sat 30-Mar-13 11:30:49

Sorry mamacoffee, I faded ! grin really glad it worked out in the end. I make a lot of marmalade every year, and my final twopennorth is - if using sevilles, lemon isn't necessary, but if using other oranges then lemons will be needed to assist set. Alternatively if making clementine marmalade you can use jam sugar (which has pectin added) because clementine marmalade is really a jam. And generally a kg of fruit is the easiest amount, so I would prepare fruit and then cook in two batches if using 2kg. Really pleased for you - post a pic?

MrsPennyapple Sat 30-Mar-13 09:36:13

Morning. Did it set?

Alibabaandthe40nappies Sat 30-Mar-13 08:03:43

Mama I hope it worked in the end.

My recipe has two lemons added when you cook the fruit, and I put the lemon pips in the muslin with the orange ones. They have more pectin in than orange so help the set.

mamacoffee Sat 30-Mar-13 00:06:10

I think the rest of my marmalade support group has gone to bed wink

mamacoffee Fri 29-Mar-13 23:44:37

Wrinkles! ! I have wrinkles! Never again will I be so glad to have wrinkles! !

Added butter (clever trick!! Thank you bcbg)

Now just waiting for the cooling down bit.

Maybe ill get to bed just after midnight. ..

mamacoffee Fri 29-Mar-13 23:37:32

Ok I tested again I may have imagine d the wrinkles. sad ive added a tiny amount of lemon juice -table spoon to see if it finishes off this last bit.

MrsPennyapple Fri 29-Mar-13 23:32:24

Wrinkles are wrinkles! Should be fine :-)

mamacoffee Fri 29-Mar-13 23:25:02

Oh I didn't know about the lemon juice thing I would've tried that!

Ok im getting little wrinkles, is that enough? Its been a long time since I made jam!

mamacoffee Fri 29-Mar-13 23:19:29

I AM v tired but when the dcs are awake tomorrow I cant give the marmalade proper attention to check for set. ..

Maybe it's the oranges then bc theyre v sour and small more tangerine size, the recipe said large sweet ones.

I cooked the fruit for one hour and it was v soft is there anything else I should have looked for to know it waa ready?

It keeps over boiling now does that mean anything?

Thanks for helping me in my marmalade pickle grin

LakeFlyPie Fri 29-Mar-13 23:13:25

If it's nearly wrinkling then it sounds like you're almost there.

I had the same recently and ended up squeezing extra lemon juice in, think it did speed up the setting process, but the end product was a bit firmer than I wanted.

Hope you get to bed soon smile

MrsPennyapple Fri 29-Mar-13 23:08:43

This happened to me during my first attempt a few weeks ago. The recipe called for seville oranges but I couldn't get them so I used the exotically named "large oranges" from the supermarket. This meant the pH value was different to what the recipe was written for.

I couldn't get it to set, but had to go out, so I just put it into the jars I had sterilised ready. Then they were all sealed up, and I was under no pressure to do anything with them immediately. It ended up being over a week later when I could get to them, and I just boiled it all up again with a load (75ml) more lemon juice to change the pH. It only wrinkled a tiny bit, but it was enough to set nicely.

I think the butter thing disperses the scum, doesn't it? It's the leaving it to cool for 10-15 min that stops the peel sinking in the jars. (I didn't do the butter thing, and my peel didn't sink.)

Alibabaandthe40nappies Fri 29-Mar-13 23:07:53

I wonder whether you needed to cook the fruit for longer before adding the sugar - I made this mistake this year.

Don't worry, it will still be lovely. If you are really knackered then I would cover it and go to bed and re-boil it tomorrow.

mamacoffee Fri 29-Mar-13 23:01:49

Ive set another 10 minute alarm!.

So with the butter trick I don't need to skim the foam?

It's getting v foamy actually does that mean anything? ?

BCBG Fri 29-Mar-13 22:58:58

Stir it in at the very end, once its off the heat, and leave to stand! Hope it works for you grin fingers crossed. Incidentally, although you can use marmalade straight away, it improves with keeping, and the set thickens,. We regularly eat my Seville marmalade 18 months later, but you do need good jars.

BCBG Fri 29-Mar-13 22:56:22

Oh and as for quantity, I use a scant tsp of butter per kilo.

BCBG Fri 29-Mar-13 22:55:34

2kg of oranges is a double load, so that's why its taking a long time to set! Don't worry, its well on the way; you'll just have to hang in there. As for butter, its just a neat trick to clear the foam on top, as otherwise it spoils the look of the marmalade. With that amount you must keep stirring otherwise its going to catch. If it's changing colour I would give it a max of another ten minutes, take it off the heat and test. It will definitely get there!

mamacoffee Fri 29-Mar-13 22:55:20

Ok just tested it and it looks close to wrinkling....here's hoping!!

mamacoffee Fri 29-Mar-13 22:51:54

The colours changing and it's getting thicker but it's slow! I didn't know re the butter thing it doesn't mention that in my book, what's that for and do I need to adjust quantities, I'm making 2kg worth of orange s which were given to me but turned out to be REALLY sour

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