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Anyone else making marmalade this weekend?

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NuclearStandoff Sat 26-Jan-13 10:10:54

Have had my organic seville oranges for a week now, so need to get on with it.

But it does take all day ...

MrsPennyapple Wed 06-Feb-13 13:47:45

Oh bum. Anything I can do to rescue it, do you think? It does taste nice, it's just runny.

ethelb Wed 06-Feb-13 14:29:36

If it tastes nice then that's fine! my v runny botch job lasted 4 years and won second prize at the village fete.

Someone upthread suggested boilign it with a load of pectin i think. You could try that. Or just add loads of lemon juice (and take out the pips, soak in water then add in a muslin bag to the marmalade) and reboil. The lemon juice with loower the PH and the pips will contain pectin.

Or you could just leave it!

MrsPennyapple Wed 06-Feb-13 15:39:35

I think I'll re-boil with more lemon juice. I don't know where I can buy pectin locally. I have some jam sugar but don't really want to add more sugar as it is already very sweet. Thanks for your help :-)

ethelb Wed 06-Feb-13 16:06:12

If you do the soaking and bagging up the pips thing that will release a lot of pectin into your marmalade.

MrsPennyapple Wed 06-Feb-13 16:33:26

But I don't have any pips! There were none in the oranges.

MrsPennyapple Wed 06-Feb-13 16:34:21

That was supposed to be me wailing in a comedy fashion btw.

ethelb Thu 07-Feb-13 11:32:41

Use the pips in the lemons!

shepherdsdelight Thu 07-Feb-13 11:40:33

I made some a couple of days ago. Whole fruit method where you simmer the whole oranges and juice of 2 lemons for a couple of hours, then scoop out the pulp and chop up the skin. Best marmalade I've ever madegrin

pierpressure Thu 07-Feb-13 11:50:46

I did mine 2 weeks ago using the whole fruit method, which works really well, but when I boiled it I didn't stir the bottom of the pan enough, so when I was testing the set, I was testing the top, once I stirred it properly it had gone a bit too far so is more like orange toffee!
A good recipe is from a site called something like the cottage smallholder as long as you remember to stir!

MrsPennyapple Thu 07-Feb-13 12:07:00

Oh, good idea Ethel. I just bought bottled lemon juice but will go and get some lemons. How many do you think?

ethelb Thu 07-Feb-13 12:22:25

two or three?

MrsPennyapple Tue 19-Feb-13 18:10:24

Finally got round to sorting it out today, boiled it up with about another 75ml lemon juice, seems to have done the trick. It's still not a really firm set, but at least it's spreadable now, rather than pourable smile

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