Winter is truly a wonderful time for citrus in our parts.
I know, it’s food miles are long but there is just something about a bowl of fresh cut fruit on the breakfast table that has the ability to brighten any snowy February day.
On the weekend I usually cut up a bunch of oranges and leave them on the kitchen table. Everyone passing through grabs one to enjoy. I sneak in our fruit quota for the day and healthy snacks rule the day.
However, it’s also nice to can some of those goodies to enjoy while we’re running out the door. I made a really yummy marmalade the other day that I’m thrilled to share. I like this one as it is all about the fruit and doesn’t have the bitterness that other marmalades seem to embody.
I started by scrubbing; 3 oranges, 5 lemons and 3 grapefruit. I peeled them with a sharp knife and chopped everything finely.
Well, not super finely but I took out anything that might be bitter. Add; 1 tsp almond extract, 3 1/2 cups water and 6 cups of sugar and bring to a strong boil. The whole thing will look cloudy and not very promising for about 30 minutes. Don’t fret.
After an hour of burbling along you’ll have gorgeous, clear marmalade that is begging to be tasted.
You can just place these in jars and give them away to be eaten within two weeks or if you want to capture all that sunshine a jars. Sterilize 6, half pint jars, add in the hot marmalade and… boil in a pot full of water for 13 minutes. You’ll start to hear the pop of the sealing tops doing their job.
Come by on Wednesday and you can see how to make this yumminess into a fabulous pie.