Monday, February 20, 2012

When Life Gives You Lemons & Oranges - You Make Marmalade - The Easy Way

When Life Gives You Lemons & Oranges - You Make  Marmalade The Easy Way !!

I cannot complain about California living, the weather , the diversity, the technology , the bounty and oh ya the weather :). As much as I crib about congested highways, commute time and high cost of living I cannot imagine living elsewhere.

I have a usual suburban backyard , planted Lemon and Orange trees a decade ago, it took good five plus years to see any sign of fruit and then just like that in the last few years trees have bourn more fruit than it can carry. As the years passed by and tree matured Oranges has been the sweetest that you can get.It's been years since I have brought Lemons or Oranges in the store.

With all the fruit decided to try making marmalade, I am usually very intimidated making jams, jellys or preserves. I have a feeling I cannot get the recipe right. With that in mind decided to make a small batch and try it out.

Googled for a recipe that would work for a small batch and found one here however modified it to suit my taste.

2 Navel Oranges
2 Cups fresh Orange juice - For today's recipe I used store brought Orange juice with pulp.
2/3rd lemon juice
4 cups sugar
6 cups water

1.Quater oranges and slice them as thin as possible a good sharp knife would be very very handy.
2. Over a medium heat in a non-stick pot add cut oranges, orange juice,lemon juice and six cups of water and allow to boil for about 1 1/2 hour till oranges turn translucent.
3. Now add 2 cups of sugar and allow the marmalade to come to boil to 220.
4. Remove from heat and allow the marmalade to cool overnight.

Next day morning you will have a perfectly textured marmalade for your toast's ,waffles, muffins etc..
I did not use any pectin yet the texture and taste were out of the world .

Had few friends taste test marmalade and got a thumps up from all of them glad to have found a winning recipe. Since I used store brought Orange juice marmalade tasted just like store brought no difference at all.


kankana said...

Thus post screams SPRING! Love the color and that marmalade lovely.

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Looks absolutely delicious. Nice clicks!!!

FOODESSA said...

Just got through boasting about my lemon cavity marmalade...and now I'll have to try making this lovely orange marmalade with pulp ;o)

Thanks for sharing your part of the world and kitchen ;o)

Flavourful wishes,

Anu said...

Lovely and delicious and nice clicks

Suchi said... the pics :-)

Anonymous said...

hi, is it 2 navel oranges or 2lb?


Sreelu said...

S, it is 2 oranges not 2 lb. this will yield about 6 cups of jam.

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