Sunday 20 February 2011

Seville Orange Jelly Marmalade

I wait anxiously all year for the Seville Oranges to make this treat. This year I made 12 pounds of it. My kitchen was like a jam factory but it smelled heavenly. Just as I screwed the last lid in place I found out Seville Oranges can be frozen. Oh well I will remember  next year.
There is nothing quite like the tang of marmalade made with these bitter oranges. I am not fond of thick cut marmalade so I strain it and add a some finely cut peel to give it a little texture. It is a great job on dark January days when the weather keeps you indoors. So obliging of these fruits to be in season at such a time. It's a three day event but so worth it.

Makes About 2 Kilos/4 1/2 lbs

450gms/1lb Seville oranges
1.75litres/3pints/7 1/2 cups water
1.3kgs/3lbs/81/2 cups preserving or granulated sugar
60mls/4tablespoons lemon juice


Wash and dry the oranges using a soft brush to get into all the wee dimples on the skin.
If you want some fine peel through your jelly thinly pare off the skin and finely shred the rind from 2-3 of the oranges. A zester is good for this. Place it in a muslin square and  make a little bag tying off with a long piece of string.
Squeeze the juice from the oranges and place the juice and pips into a large pan.
Chop up the remaining orange skins including the pith and add it to the pan.
Add the bag of shredded peel tying the string to the handle so you can fish it out easily later.
Cover with the water and leave to soak overnight.

Bring the mixture to the boil,reduce the heat and simmer for 1 1/2 hours
Remove the bag of peel and set to the side for later.
Put the kettle on
Line a large strainer with a double layer of muslin.
Now pour some boiling water through the muslin to scald it.(or you can use a scalded jelly bag if you have one)
Place the strainer over a large bowl and leave to strain overnight.
Don't be tempted to squeeze or push the fruit pulp as it will make the resulting jelly cloudy.

Heat your oven to 150.C/300.F and pop your clean jam jars on a baking tray and set inside the oven to sterilise and heat.
Pour the strained juice into a large saucepan discarding the pulp.
Add the sugar, lemon juice and rind .
Stir over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved then bring to the boil and boil rapidly for about  twenty minutes or so until setting point is reached(105.C/220F) Sometimes this can take longer so don't be alarmed. A lot depends on the amount of juice and the vigour of the boil.
If you don't have a sugar thermometer use a chilled plate. Drop a little jam onto it and wait for a few minutes and if the surface wrinkles when gently pushed with your index finger it is done.
Remove the scum with a slotted spoon.
Leave to cool for a while then pot up into your nice warm jars.
Put the lids or covers on and leave to set.


Anna's kitchen table said...

Brenda, that is what you call 'A labour of love'!
It looks heavenly!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Marvelous! Homemade marmalade is the best.



Tina said...

marmalade looks delicious...

Marie Rayner said...

It looks wonderful Granny! I was working with oranges yesterday as well! Great minds must think alike! xx

Kelly-Jane said...

I like my maramlade thinly cut too, your looks just perfect.

Brownieville Girl said...

Love the idea of zesting the peel of some of the oranges - flavour without the bits!

I'd say this was perfect with the porridge bread.

Love your jars too!

Rhyleysgranny said...

Thank you all for your comments xxx

@ BVG The jars are from Lidles LOL

Manu said...

Ciao! I love this marmelade! LOL

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Oh you are so lucky to have all those wonderful little jars of goodness. Have you ever tried it on a healthy grain bread spread with ricotta cheese and top with the marmalade and broiled for a couple of seconds. Delicious!!

Unknown said...

jars of sunshine!... a lot of patience needed here but well worth it... delicious!

Gloria Baker said...

Brenda this mamelade look fantastic my dear, I love the colour is awesome! Mom loves orange marmelade I have to do this!! huggs gloris

The Caked Crusader said...

Your marmalade looks lovely - such a nice thick set.

Anonymous said...

Brenda, I made marmalade for the first time this year, seemed like a lot of work at the time but I have just had some on toast(home-made bread) and it tastes SOOO GOOD, I think I will be making it again next year, God willing! Jeannette.

Clabby said...

Oh I love marmalade - you don't sell jars do you? Thanks for your wee post. Been sooooo busy of late with boys and baking:

Rhyleysgranny said...

Thanks everyone. So good to get all your comments xxx

@beyond- I have tried it with cheddar. Love marmalade and cheese. Now I need to try it with ricotta.

@Jeanette- So good to see you. I have missed you on the pantry xxx

Choclette said...

Looks delicious, nothing like homemade marmalade. At least you got all of the marmalade making done in one go - if you'd frozen some you'd have to do it all twice :)

Zoe said...

This homemade marmalade will be great with fresh scones and bread. What a great breakfast to kick start the day.

Lesley said...

Hmmm, could you send some to my partner in NZ please, ha! ha! We've just finished the "good" marmalade and resorted to supermarket brand. Yours looks so appetizing with the lovely colour, jar, label and top! Yum!

Quay Po Cooks said...

Your marmalade looks so yummy. Nice jar too.