During winter, it is easy to think there is nothing left for the home preserves enthusiast to have a crack at and that we have to sit tight and wait for spring; in fact, nothing could be further from the truth, as January sees the start of the marmalade making season. Whether you are a seasoned pro at making marmalade or an absolute beginner, now is the time to start thinking about some new marmalade recipes.
For the truly proficient marmalade maker, or even the optimistic novice, the Dalemain World Marmalade Championships take place in February at Dalemain House in Cumbria. Entry forms for this are currently being sent out with all jam jar orders, so why not throw yourself in at the deep end and enter? Just imagine the pride and glory of being crowned World Marmalade Champion!
What marmalade jars to use?
If you are thinking of making marmalade, you will also need to think about what jars to use. You don’t need any specific jars for marmalade and our standard jam jars are all perfectly suitable. If you are a marmalade fiend, our standard 1lb jam jars would probably suit you; alternatively, if you tend to eat less marmalade than jam, a smaller jar might be more practical.
If you are thinking of giving your marmalade away as a gift, why not use some of our fancier jars to set the marmalade off nicely? Since marmalade is seen as something of a good old-fashioned preserve, our 324ml vintage glass jam jars would show it off brilliantly and be perfectly in keeping.
If you regularly have houseguests or run a B&B, using miniature jars for marmalade is a great idea. In this way, you only place one serving per guest on the breakfast table and there is no chance of crumbs in a shared marmalade pot!
Filling those marmalade jars
Whilst most people opt for a traditional Seville orange marmalade, there are plenty of more unusual recipe ideas to try if you are feeling a little more adventurous. If you want to make some marmalade before Christmas, why not go for a cranberry and orange marmalade to give it a festive twist? Lime marmalade always looks intriguing, while grapefruit marmalade is sure to spark interest around the breakfast table! Adding a little fresh ginger to a standard marmalade recipe is another great idea that will give the marmalade a special kick.
If we have inspired you to make your own marmalade this year, do let us know how you get on via Facebook or Twitter – we would love to hear from you!