Is Marmalade only for old people?
Marmalade is awesome. Fact.Posted 11 months ago
I’ve eaten it all my life and I always will.
The thing is, though, it doesn’t matter how posh yer shop bought ‘lade is, homemade ‘lade beats it into a cocked hat, especially if you like it thick cut.
Mrs PP makes ours. Sometimes it’s traditional Seville orange but recently we’ve been using a recipe we got from a Kiwi lady who ran a B+B in Barmouth (seriously) for lemon lime and grapefruit marmalade. It’s sooooo tangy it’s unreal.
And if there’s homemade bread too, I’m unable to think of a higher luxury on this planet.
As for timing, I’ll eat toast and marmalade any time of day.DezBSubscriber
My best marmalade story was making toast in the morning for some friends, I asked if anyone wanted Marmalade – mate’s wife said, from the other room, “Yes please, not bits though” – for some reason I heard her say “loads of bits” and proceeded to dig out all the big lumps of peel and lather her toast with them!Posted 11 months ago
She ate it out of politeness without saying anything! She’s not a “polite” person! We still laugh about it to this day.
Marmalade eh? 😆slowsterMember
Cougar, I was inspired to have a go by this Nigel Slater recipe, but I also read a few others (below) to clarify the methodology. I tried my first batch this morning and it seemed good to me.
Note that the Seville orange season is short, so if you are going to have a go now, rather than wait a year, you need to get a move on. There were still Seville oranges in my local Waitrose yesterday, but I don’t know for how much longer.Posted 11 months agotimberMember
One of the few ways I eat anything orange based.
MiL is welcomed in when she brings marmalade, which oddly she makes loads of when hardly anyone in her family likes it.
Marmalade on fresh bread or buttered toast until the bread or the marmalade runs out.
I’ll be eating it when I’m old, but got a lot more to eat before I get there.Posted 11 months agoneil the wheelSubscriber
I really want to see a change in the law so that filth that defiles the name of Marmalade cannot be sold as such. Marmalade has two ingredients: sugar and oranges in roughly equal proportions. A little water is permissible. “Glucose/fructose syrup”? Go and boil yourself in it. “Total fruit content 20%”? Legal minimum. If it was permitted to reduce that to 10% somebody would.Posted 11 months agocorrodedMember
It’s wet and windy outside so I’m having one last marmalade-making session, which should see us through the year. For Cougar’s benefit, here’s my recipe:
3lbs Seville oranges (approx 12)
2 limes (optional)
6 pints of water
4.5lbs of preserving sugar
Spoon of black treacle
Some dark rum
Wash fruit and cook whole in a large pan of water until soft (approx 1.5hrs). Remove fruit from water, halve it all, scrape out flesh and pips and return to pan with the liquid. Slice the Sevilles’ skins thinly (to taste) while pulp, pips and juice returns to the boil. Let it reduce by half then strain the liquid and return to pan. Add the chopped peel and bring to boil. Stir in the sugar and bring it up to 105C. Just before it reaches this point I chuck in half a glass of rum and the dark treacle. Once it hits 105C remove from heat and begin decanting into sterilised jam jars (carefully). Easy!Posted 11 months ago
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