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Monday, January 31, 2011

Monday Makeover~ Lady Marmalade

Our citrus crop this year has been unbelievable. My neighbors lock their doors when they see me coming. I have given away all that I could.
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We drink fresh squeezed orange juice every morning and there has been no shortage of orange glazed chicken, lemon tea cake, lemon curd….the citrus makeover creations go on and on.
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With no other options I decided to make orange marmalade. I myself don’t care for it, but Mr. D├ęcor loves the stuff and that is good enough for me. I subscribe to the theory that many hands make light work and enlisted the help of my good friend J who has made jam before. So we began with a good supply of oranges, pectin and sugar.
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I read through many recipes, some which included directions such as “and the next day…” I settled on a recipe in my trusty Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book. The first thing I did was decide that instead of peeling the fruit and scraping the white pith off and cutting the orange rind into strips I would just use my zester.
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Then I peeled the oranges and cut them into chunks old school style.
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J opted to put her oranges in the food processor.
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We then boiled the zested orange rind for a bit.
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While we were waiting I mixed the entire 5 cups of sugar into the orange chunks. Holy Sweet tooth Batman!
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It was then time to add everything together, bring it to a boil and add the liquid pectin.
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The sterilized jars were filled with the jam mixture, the lids placed on and the jars were then immersed into a hot water bath for 15 minutes.
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The jars looked so pretty all lined up while they were cooling. Altogether the process took about 4 hours.
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I tied some ribbon and a tag which read “Orange ya glad we’re neighbors!” onto a few of the jars and passed them out. One jar was soon opened and enjoyed by Mr. Decor.
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A few of the jars will be added into the already groaning gift baskets I am preparing as prizes for my upcoming English themed linky parties.
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Are you going to join in on the fun?
kate-middleton7
Gitchi Gitchi Ya Ya Da Da,
Laura

21 comments :

Karen said...

Your orange marmalade looks so mouth-watering! That is something I did not care for as a child, but oh my... I love it now. It's so good on homemade All-Bran muffins.
Have a great week.
Karen
Ladybug Creek

ImagiMeri said...

Hi Laura,

I'm going to try to make it to the tea......I don't dress up too much or wear hats, so hopefully you'll still accept me, and I will be posting a button for your tea on my next post.

The marmalade looks yummy, so I hope I win a basket!

Hugs,
Meri

The Vintage Farmhouse said...

I wish I was one of your neighbors!!

fairfieldhousenj.com said...

Hey sista, go sista, soul sista, flow sista
Hey sista, go sista, soul sista, go sista

The joy of living in a warm/hot environment; you are picking oranges as we shovel snow and scrape ice. I've never made orange marmalade before but your tutorial makes it look simple enough. Love the sweet little tags you added.

Your Friend and soul sista,
Deborah

Whimsey Creations said...

Yummy honey! If you can't get rid of all the marmalade, feel free to send a jar to me! LOL Lucky you. I tried to grow some Meyer lemons the past couple of years. The first year I was so excited - got many little lemons but they never went from green to yellow and stayed hard as rocks. Trimmed them back as instructed and last year they bloomed but with no blossoms and all of a sudden had these huge thorns. Cut them back once more and we'll see what happens this year. No lemons and they are outta here! LOL

TRay said...

Mocha Choca lata ya ya!!

The marmalade looks yummy!! I had to laugh about your "and on the second day..." recipe comment--sounds like maybe you were looking at a Martha Stewart recipe! "Now, go to China, and purchase these oranges..."

Orange you shipping any jars?

:)

Creole Sweet Pea Marmalade

Miss Sandy said...

What a sweet day you and your friend shared, and the results look yummy too! My friend and I picked apples from our farm and make applesauce and applebutter over the summer, what a fun memory. I hope you have a sweet day!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

If that is the gorgeous fruit that is coming off your trees....I wish we were neighbors! Looks like you had fun making the marmalade!

Hope you have a chance to stop by my blog & comment on my OWOH post.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my goodness. You have a ton of energy. Good for you to make your own jam. Hugs, Marty

French Basketeer.com said...

SWEET!!

jeanette from everton terrace said...

I've never made jam or marmalade or the like - sounds so very impressive (and yummy). Got a chuckle from TRay's comment, though I do love Martha Stewart, I was thinking her recipe might start with "plant an orange tree" :)

Lorrie said...

Orange you just the wonder? I can almost smell the marmalade from here. It looks scrumptious.

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Looks so good....love your orange joke too! My Mom used to make it but I never have....enjoy!

Dawn said...

If you'd like to relieve yourself of some of that marmalade...my father L - O - V - E s the stuff...:) I could certainly take a few jars off your hands.;) Let me know!

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

I would love to be your neighbor! I promise I wouldn't lock my door. This looks so yummy and is a favorite of my husband's.

Bloggymom said...

Oh, that looks so good!!

Jane said...

I love orange marmalade, especially from sour oranges! Last fall I made some wild plum jelly, but I must've undercooked it since it didn't set well - more like syrup, but still tastes good :)
Your marmalade looks beautiful!
Jane-Jacksonville

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Okay, let me get this straight... are the parties going to be about the wedding? Like parties leading up to it? I'm a little slow here, Laura. LOL! But I love that marmalade. YUM!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Mimi said...

ORANGE YOU AMAZING!!!!
I love fresh squeezed OJ
tastes so good!!!
We have lots of trees in the area, so we grab a few on our walks!!!
I am joining in the tea and Royal wedding business!!you know me!!"hugs,
jamie

Kit said...

Oh my that looks so tasty! I will definitely have to go and find some marmalade now for my next batch of toast. You crack me up! Kit

Tamara Jansen said...

Your marmalade looks DELICIOUS! Now, do you have a good english scone recipe to go with that? :)