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  1. Is marmalade good for you?

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    Is marmalade good for you

    Is marmalade good for you?

    Did you see box office smash Paddington Bear II at the cinema recently, either on your own or with your children? If you did, chances are that you were also reminded of Paddington’s predilection for – yes, marmalade, in sandwiches, no less. While Paddington may eat marmalade at every opportunity, most of us have it for breakfast, usually on toast.  So, is marmalade good for you and what exactly are its health benefits?

    Ah, yes, Marmalade!  Bring it on!

  2. Marmalade Making Questions and Answers

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    Marmalade troubleshooting

    Over the years I've made a lot of marmalade batches, to just about call myself an expert. But, expert or not, I still get days, when batch of marmalade just doesn't want to set or the flavour is not quite right.  I know that marmalade making can be really puzzling, so here is a list of frequently asked questions:

    What fruit can I use for marmalade making?

    Any citrus fruit can be used - Seville Oranges, Lemons, Limes, Sweet oranges, Tangerines or Satsumas.

    When can I buy seville oranges?

    Here in the UK, seville oranges is very short. You can only buy seville oranges in January/February, when they are available in large supermarkets or your local fruit stall. It's worth buying few extra ones and freeze them or make several batches.

    500g of seville oranges will make about 5 smaller jam jars, so if you buy few kilos, you have supply for most of the year!

  3. How to set marmalade

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    How to achieve the perfect marmalade set is probably the most frustrating thing about marmalade making. So, here are my answers to questions you are impatiently want to know.

    1 What is the setting point for marmalade?

    105-110C 

    This is a 'range' because every kitchen environment is very different and the setting point depends partly on the humidity in the room. The higher the humidity the higher the temperature needs to be for the marmalade to set. To control humidity, open window, switch on fan or put the heating on, depending on the season.

  4. Marmalade making tips

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    Here are my my favourite marmalade making tips to make sure your next batch of marmalade comes out absolutely perfect.

    1. Start with the right fruit

    Marmalade is made using citrus fruits, traditionally these are Seville Oranges. The only problem is that Seville Oranges are in season only in January/February and are not always sold in all supermarkets. If you do find them in your local supermarket, buy few extra kilos and freeze them as you can always use them later on in the year.

  5. How long does jelly take to set?

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    Standing in front of the fridge in despair, prodding a very runny jelly? Running out of time for your jelly pudding to set and wonder what to do?

    Yes, I know, I've been there too...

    With party guest arriving any minute and you worry whether the jelly dessert will set in time, it should be served.

    So, how long does jelly take to set?

    I'm sorry to be the bearer of a bad news, but most jellies take at least 2-4 hrs to set in fridge (which is set to about 5C). But some large jellies (say if you use one of those lovely oldfashioned jelly moulds) might take even longer. If you have the time, just make the jelly the day before you needed and it will always set fine.

  6. Grapefruit Marmalade Recipe

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    If you are already baking your own bread, then the next best thing is to have a homemade marmalade to go with it. And of course, real butter!

    This is my favourite recipe for grapefruit marmalade that is relatively quick to make and you can be a bit slap dash when making it. No need to spend 3 hrs shredding your grapefruit peel, but the result is as good as the traditional way of making marmalade. In this grapefruit marmalade recipe I've used grapefruit, but you can use any citrus fruit here or a mixture of different types. Grapefruit, Seville oranges (even sweet oranges are fine if you mix them with lemons or limes), tangerines, limes or lemons.