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  1. Seville Orange Marmalade Recipe

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    Seville Orange Marmalade Recipe

    I love that once one festive season finishes another one starts! There is something comforting about spending an afternoon making marmalade, whilst it's cold and rainy (mostly!) outside. I love deciding on my marmalade flavour, experiment with different types of fruit and finally baking my own bread and butter to taste the marmalade when it's finished. A total bliss!
    Every year I find myself putting in my diary 'marmalade making' dates to make sure I don't miss the short Seville orange season. I always buy more than I need and freeze some oranges for later.  

  2. Tangerine Marmalade Recipe

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    Tangerine Marmalade Recipe

    I can never resist the smell of freshly baked bread, thickly buttered and topped with marmalade. While January and February are the best months to make a proper Seville Orange Marmalade, for the rest of the year, we have to use other citrus fruits. Rather than seeing it as a disadvantage, I think it's great to experiment with different flavours and make marmalade from other fruits.

    Today, I wanted to share with you my favourite recipe for tangerine marmalade. Tangerines are available throughout the whole year; they are usually much cheaper than Seville Oranges and marmalade making is much quicker, because their skin is much finer than oranges one. 

  3. Marmalade Making Questions and Answers

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    Marmalade Making Questions and Answers

    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!

  4. 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!

  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.

    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. This is all in one method of making marmalade from any citrus fruits. 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.