You are probably wondering why I am calling this Marmalade number 2. Well you see my first recipe (Seville Marmalade  ) is as original as this one. Still using just 4 ingreidents: Orange,Lemon, Granulated Sugar and Water. But this ‘whole fruit method‘ , I must say I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy using, to make Seville marmalade. Upon being reassured from several social media friends (especially Delith and Sue), I decided to give it a go, and see how, if at all it differs from my first recipe.
When making Seville marmalade, I have located certified organic oranges from Ave María Farm. Until recently this particular Orange, was only sold by many independent greengrocers; now as of last year, noticed my local supermarket stock this particular product as well. Just lovely to see this organic product being sold in many places around UK.
There is one distinct favourable advantage using this recipe; it is the removing of the pith (in this recipe its cooked first) a quick and easy task unlike in Marmalade (1) recipe. In that recipe, I insist there should be no ‘white pith’ (rich in pectin, a natural setting agent) still attached to it, so the scrapping out of the pith in my first recipe can take longer.
Bought – Boiled – Shredded
To start: Once Oranges are washed and scrubbed, removing the small green stalk and placing the Oranges in a Pan to boil for at least 2 hours; 3 maximum. Allowing to cool overnight, allows for the cooked Oranges to be handled with ease. Cut in half and carefully scoop out the pulp out with a spoon. Cut the Peel to desired thickness and set aside.
Return the pulp into a clean Pan with any reserved water making up 500 – 700ml and 1 chopped up Lemon, giving the contents a second simmer (no more than an hour). This helps break down the pectin in the pith even further, makes it easier to squeeze out.
Place a Muslin cloth in a sieve over a dish and carefully pour out the hot pulp contents. Quickly tie up the ends of the cloth and squeeze out the hot liquid. I find the best way to squeeze out is to place the Mulsin filled contents between 2 plates and squeeze the plates, squeezing out as much liquid as possible.
Measure up this concentrated liquid; add more cold water to make 1.5 litre in total. Pour into a Maslin Jam Pan or a large heavy bottomed pan together with 1.25Kg of warmed sugar, with a Jam thermometer attached to the Pan. Whilst the sugar is dissolving, place a couple of saucers in the freezer.
Dissolve the sugar at a low temperature. Once dissolved add the shredded Orange peel before raising the temperature to bring the liquid to a ‘gentle boil’. Stirring and keeping an eye on the contents. IT CAN BOIL OVER! To bring the set point this could take 20 to 30 minutes for the amount of contents. As it reaches set point (102˙C), quickly take a cold saucer out from the freezer and spoon a little hot liquid on the plate. Place in the fridge for a minute or two. Remove and perform the crinkle test. (see below) If contents crinkle and gather and not leave a runny trail behind, the marmalade is ready to be bottled up.
Remove the pan of the heat, and allow the contents to settle a little, this gives you time to skim of any scum that has been brought up to the surface. (butter can be stirred in, but I have never done so in any of my preserves, therefore, not advising for it to be used)
To Finish: Bottle up in jars which have been previous been washed and sterilised. Screw on the lid and allow the jars to cool down completely before labelling and storing in a cool dark place.
I must say, I have enjoyed using this method and will be using it when pushed with time. The colour, consistency, texture and above all taste is not altered at all in this method of making Marmalade. If you have never made Marmalade before, I would recommend using this method. Next year I will be creating my own versions of this Marmalade using different flavours.
What flavour do you think I should trial first with? A spicy note or an alcoholic hint to the flavour? Drop me a comment. Love to hear your thoughts.
Seville Marmalade (2)
A fairly easy step by step guide to making your own Organic Shredded Seville Marmalade .
- 1.2kg Organic Seville Oranges
- 1.25kg Granulated Sugar
- 1.5ltr Water + extra for boiling
- 1 Fresh Organic Lemon chopped up
- Scrub/Wash the Oranges, place in a pan, fill with cold water
- Bring to simmer, and allow to simmer for 1 to 2 hours, if the oranges do not feel soft when pressed, allow to simmer for an hour more. Turn the heat off and allow to cool completely with lid on. (cooling best done overnight)
- Carefully remove the Oranges and reserve the water.
- Scoop as much of the Pectin rich Pulp out as possible and place in a clean Pan, with at least 600ml of the reserved water and the chopped Lemon. As for the Peel, shred to desired thickness and set aside.
- Cook for an hour stirring and mashing the pulp occasionally.
- Strain as much of the HOT PULP LIQUID, all tied in a muslin cloth and squeezed between 2 large plates. BE CAREFUL WITH THE HOT LIQUID.
- Measure the liquid, adding more cold water to make up 1.5ltr; add to a Maslin Jam Pan with the Granulated Sugar, attach confectioners thermometer. Place on a gentle heat.
- Dissolve Sugar before adding the Shredded Peel. Place 2 saucers in the freezer.
- Bring to boil and the contents to ‘Jam set point’ of 105˙C.
- Perform ‘Crinkle test’ to be sure of setting temperature. If crinkles it is ready to bottle up, if not, allow a few more minutes and test again.
- Turn the heat off and allow the contents to settle a while, giving time to skim of any scum which may have accumulated on the surface.
- Bottle up, screw on the lids and allow to cool completely before labelling and storing.