A recipe for making organic orange marmalade
Today I would like to show you how I make my marmalade. I live on a farm in the south of Spain. After an awful experience with Roundup, that bad product made by Monsanto, I decided to go green. From 1981 on, I have not used anything harmful on the property.
On the South side of my house, I have a plot of 1000 square meters where I planted 100 orange trees in 1986. There are also some lemons, mandarins, and grapefruit trees. The orange harvest starts in December with the Washington variety, also known as navel oranges. In March, the Valencia oranges are ripe and will last till approximately June.
In March the Washington oranges are very ripe, sweet and juicy so I prefer to make the marmalade at this time (at the end of the early orange harvest). Because these oranges have not been sprayed with anything, we can use the shredded peels without a second thought.
What you need
A big, 15-liter stainless steel pot.
As I normally make a batch that is 3 times the recipe described below, it is a good idea to have such a big pot. The boiling marmalade is extremely hot and can jump out and burn you while you are stirring. With a 15 liter pot, it is only filled up half the way so it is less dangerous.
4 glass jars of around 450 ml
A wide mouth funnel
A long wooden spoon for stirring
An apron, I do recommend that as making marmalade can get sticky.
10 Organic oranges and 1 organic lemon
1 Kg of normal white sugar
How to prepare
First, you need to boil the glasses, let’s say 15 minutes. Take them out and put them upside down on a cloth. Be careful as they are hot.
Of the 10 oranges, you take 5 together with the lemon. Rinse them in cold water to get the dust off and then shred the peel. I would suggest shredding medium thick as too thick will not taste so nice. Put the peel shreddings into the marmalade cooking pot.
Now you can start to peel all the fruit and cut it in smaller pieces. At the end of the season, because the oranges are so sweet, I might add 3 extra oranges to the 10 oranges but I will not increase the amount of sugar.
When all is ready, you add the cut fruit to the peel and put the pot on the fire. Bring it to boil with the lid on. Once you have a hard boil, reduce the heat to bring the mix to a soft boil. Remove the lid as the amount has to reduce to at least half. You will enjoy the fact that the whole house will fill with the wonderful aroma of oranges.
How long does it take
The reducing of the fruit will take between 45 minutes to 1 hour. You have to stir now and then till you have reduced to half. Then comes the moment where you add the Kg of sugar. The added sugar will cause the level in the pot to double.
Bring it back to a hard boil and reduce to a soft boil again to reduce the volume to about half. This can take up to 1 and a half hours. You have to take care to stir often as it should not stick to the bottom.
How do you know it is ready?
When it has reduced to approx half and at least 1 hour has passed, take a spoon of marmalade and place it in the freezer to cool. After a short amount of time, take the spoon out and see if the marmalade has gotten the consistency you want. The photo below is an example. The spoon was tilted and the marmalade did not flow off the spoon.
When the delicious mixture reaches the consistency you want, fill the glasses with marmalade. It is best to use a wide mouth funnel so it is less messy. I place a piece of cellophane over the mouth of the jar and close the lid well.
In general, the marmalade stays good for nearly a year but it normally does not last that long in my house. I give some glasses away to friends and eat the rest myself. It tastes so good and no store bought marmalade can compare to it.
To make your own marmalade is not too difficult but you will need some time. You know what ingredients you have used and you will be surprised by the taste. In case you do not grow fruits yourself then the best thing is to buy organic at your local market. I think it is well worth the effort. In case you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me.
Source: My Life
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