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Wash out your jam jars, it's Marmalade time

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Iateallthemincepies Wed 06-Jan-16 13:22:34

Boil first then slice, or the other way round?
What's your best recipe?
Dare I use a food processor to slice?
I need a marmalade threadwink

4merlyknownasSHD Wed 06-Jan-16 15:36:26

Boil first, then slice. Do not use a food processor as the peel absolutely MUST be chunky. This covers things quite nicely. I cannot think why anyone who really likes marmalade would do it any other way......what planet is Lisa Falkner on? I also do a recipe with Black Treacle and whisky sometimes.

Sgtmajormummy Wed 06-Jan-16 15:44:07

My DGM used to make marmalade and store it in huge stone jars. When I think of how much imported Seville oranges must have cost in the 60s, that stuff must have been like liquid gold!

I know home made is far superior to bought (apricot when they're plentiful is our summer treat and I just do the MN microwave version) but how much do you estimate a 450g jar costs you in ingredients?

Iateallthemincepies Wed 06-Jan-16 15:50:34

What was Lisa Faulkner's Marmalade crime?

Sgt I've just bought 2 kg of oranges, some lemons and 4kg sugar from our local overpriced Deli and it cost me £12. Much more expensive that buying it. TBF they are beautiful oranges; rough and blemish free.

4merlyknownasSHD Wed 06-Jan-16 15:52:59

If you have to buy jars, that would be the most expensive bit. Seville oranges are cheap, as is Granulated sugar. If you don't already have a stock of jars, you should buy some really cheap/disgusting jam from the supermarket, bin it and wash out those jars (or have some of my spares). Much cheaper than buying new jars from a shop!

Lilymaid Wed 06-Jan-16 15:54:16

I use a pressure cooker to soften the oranges, then slice by hand - removing as much pith as possible along the way.
Greengrocers usually have much better Seville oranges than supermarkets ime.

Mermaid36 Wed 06-Jan-16 15:56:03

I cut into quarters, then cook....slice after that...

Iateallthemincepies Wed 06-Jan-16 15:57:54

My DM puts all the pith and seeds in a milk pan and boils it separately.
I tend to use a muslin bag hanging over the side of the jam pan. But it is tricky to squeeze out the juice when it's hot.

Sgtmajormummy Wed 06-Jan-16 15:59:42

So about £2 per kilo. I could live with that. smile

I'm saving Lidl jam jars for my efforts. Their raspberry one is very tasty and they've just changed the jars to a Bonne Maman rip-off!

Whatevva Wed 06-Jan-16 16:08:25

I used to get organic oranges when I had a box delivered, but cannot find any locally - I will have to order a one off box hmm and over-excite their marketing people...........

I tried making marmalade with that tinned stuff last year, and DH said not to bother again, as the waitrose essential is much better and cheaper.

I slice, then boil, as the boiled fruit made my fingers wrinkly when I tried it. You need a very sharp knife, though.

SarahatCraftInvaders Wed 20-Jan-16 12:40:31

We've shared a post on our blog, for making marmalade using whole fruit we froze last year, I find cutting the fruit up loads easier once its cooked, and this recipe cuts out the muslin bag too. Hope it helps...

whatevva Wed 20-Jan-16 13:15:38

I like the 'sunshine in a jar' grin

Freezing is a very good idea. I will try that if I can get any more oranges as I now have a bit of space in the freezer!

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