Monday, 25 February 2019
For Mikemax,with apologies.
Mikemax, you asked about pectin in my marmalade but I pressed publish without noticing which post.
I never use pectin in my preserves, not even in Jam sugar.
My marmalade is either Seville Orange with the juice of 1 lemon to 3 oranges or a mixture of Lemon, Grapefruit and Orange/Satsuma/Clementine. For these I take all the pips and tie in a small muslin square and boil it up with the prepared fruit. I use standard granulated sugar and never add butter to disperse the froth. A few passes with my skimming spoon takes care of that, to be honest I do not get much foam at all and I ensure that any I miss goes into 1 jar and use that in cakes and puddings. Once the marmalade reaches setting point I let it stand for 15-20 minutes and then stir before putting into jars. I use waxed discs and screw top lids, wipe the hot jars, slap a label on and once cold they go into the pantry.
I have made the odd batch where the peel floats at the top, but that is deliberate, I just jar it as soon as I take it off the heat. That gives me a really thick top half for cakes and puddings (it goes well in a fruit bread loaf as well). The clear bottom half is perfect for glazing cakes before icing and for my daughter who does not like Bits in her chosen toast topping. I very rarely make jam but strain it all for jelly. The pulp than gets rubbed through a fine sieve, mixed with sugar and boiled up like the jelly till it is so thick that a wooden spoon drawn across the bottom leaves a clear path, just like chutney. I jar this in the usual manner and it goes wonderfully in a Victoria Sponge or a scone, or any other sweet treat.
All this has reminded me that I have run out of Lemon Curd and Francesca will be here on Saturday. She loves it so I better hunt out some jars and then get out for lemons and sweet butter.
Finally I want to thank you all for your supportive comments. It seems that we really are sisters under the skin.
I am certain that the next post will be the usual ramble round my mind.
I realised that I did not share my latest socks with you, I will get them loaded and add on the next post.