Tuesday, September 28, 2010

This is what success looks like!

I made marmalade!
 My first time and I couldn't be more proud. The only time I have ever made anything jam or jelly like was 3 years ago when I made pepper jelly. That almost feels like cheating because then I used packaged pectin. This time I used a recipe with just oranges, lemons, sugar and water and it came out great! I don't have a candy thermometer, so I couldn't check temperature, but I did a chilled plate test and that worked great. The marmalade set up perfectly! Within 30 seconds of removing the jars from the water bath I heard the lovely popping sound of a successful vacuum seal! It tastes really good, too. It is sweet, but really flavorful and I didn't scorch it at all while cooking. HOORAY!

3 comments:

  1. We need a taste test of all these things you are making!!

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  2. Those look beautiful! I'm also addicted to making jams. I've made meyer lemon marmalade before. Marmalades are great because the peel is so full of pectin. I really wanted to try making pickles this year (like yours) but we had a crappy growing season and I didn't get enough of anything except jalapenos. Maybe next year.

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  3. Oh thank you! I see you are another weird girl, I must read your blog now. :)

    I was lucky with the pickles, I had a friend who had too many cucumbers so she unloaded a ton of them on me. I have like 20 jars now. I have like 40 jars of crap in my cupboard right now because I am suddenly a psycho for preserves.

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