Skip to main content

First Attempt At Marmalade

We made our first ever batch of marmalade yesterday...
After doing loads of research & having advice from Pattypan - we took the plunge.

We bought a marmalade kit from Riverford
This contained Seville oranges & lemons - along with a recipe, which we found a bit complicated, so instead we looked on our bookshelf...

The recipe we eventually settled on was taken from: Val Harrison's book, We wanted to use brown sugar & this one looked easy to do - although now looking at it online, she's made some changes. Val now suggests to soak overnight, add a litre more water & to weigh the mixture before adding the sugar.

It took about 8 hours to do from start to finish & we've ended up with 8 jars of a delicious, though a bit dry (more peel than liquid) mixture. It hasn't set that well, but it's quite thick & it'll be fine - just hope we got the sterilising right...

We shall persevere & want to try adding interesting ingredients like cardamom & cloves...

We did it... 
And may just try it again next week!

Hope you're having a good weekend.

Kay & Sime xx


Cottage Tails said…
Good for you!!!

Adding whiskey is pretty good too!

Love Leanne
taueret said…
Yum, love home made marmalade. We slightly over cooked the last lot and it was a bit caramelised but still tasted good (could pass it off as Oxford Marmalade, I suppose). Like the idea of adding cardamom.
just Gai said…
I'm making my first batch tomorrow, hoping that the jam thermometer I found in my Christmas stocking will take the angst out of testing for a perfect set!
Pattypan said…
Well done - you will never buy marmalade again as home made beats bought every time. Bet you are tired now. Glad you are willing to repeat the experience.

Take care


Catherine said…
Wow ~ good for you two! Homemade marmalade... mmmm... all you need is the hot buttered toast! Yum!
xo Catherine
Anonymous said…
Great job!! It is going to be delicious, I am sure!!
Thanks everyone - we're eating it already & it's very good!

Kay :)

Popular posts from this blog

Top Of The World

It's my lovely wife's 45th birthday today and it's great to see her having such a nice time.  We had a bit of a lie-in, then Kay said that she'd like to go to the new Eden Project Cafe in St. Austell for breakfast.  
Having dined there recently, we were aware of their "Book Swap" area.  Choose a book from home you wish to donate, write a brief piece in the inside cover and put it in the Swap Section. Then, if there's a book you fancy, take it home. Kay donated her favourite book "The Complete SAS Guide to Interrogation Techniques". I made that up. She actually donated the wonderful book "The Tibetan Book Of Living and Dying" by Sogyal Rinpoche, only because the last page is missing. Just joking. It was in pristine condition . I suggested selling it at a car boot sale instead but  then she gave me one of her famous looks and I shut up. Kay wrote in the cover about how good the book is and how she hoped that whomever took it would find …

Lights Out!

Just 4 weeks to go until this year's Earth Hour.
Here's the link to join in: Sign Up For Earth Hour.
We'll have friends staying, so a candlelit meal will definitely be on the cards...

What do you have planned?
Kay & Sime xx

Simple Ecology

We need to understand that all species are related to each other, all of us have evolved together. The sun heats the soil, the soil feeds the trees, the trees feed the birds, the rain feeds the trees. All beings nourish each other. This is ecology. ~Satish Kumar~