Fruity jars of marmalade give a taste of summer all year round. To make your own, you’ll need a large preserving pan, sugar thermometer, funnel, muslin, string, a couple of frozen plates and some sterilised jars for marmalade.
How to make home made marmalade jars
- 900g Seville oranges, halved
- 2 lemons, halved
- 1.5kg preserving sugar
- 2.8 litres water
Squeeze the juice from the oranges and lemons into the preserving pan, reserving the skins, including the pips and pith. Put the pith and pips into a clean square of muslin and tie into a parcel with string – when cooked they provide the pectin to help the mixture to set.
Chop the orange skins finely and add, with the water, to the preserving pan with the juice. Add the muslin parcel and use the string to tie it to the saucepan handle – this makes it easy to remove the parcel later.
Bring the mixture to the boil then simmer gently for a couple of hours, until the orange skin pieces grow soft and transparent. Add the sugar and bring the mixture back to the boil, stirring regularly until the sugar has dissolved completely. Keep the mixture at a fast boil until the marmalade reaches the 105ºC setting temperature. This should take about 10-20 minutes. You can test the setting point by dropping a teaspoon of the mixture onto a frozen plate. If the marmalade has thickened and wrinkles when poked after about a minute, it is ready. Otherwise continue to boil until it reaches this point. You may have to test the marmalade a few times before you decide setting point has been reached.
Turn off the heat and leave the marmalade to cool for 20 minutes before decanting into your jars for marmalade through a funnel. Seal the jars thoroughly with a wax disc and screw top.
Giving home made marmalade jars as gifts
Marmalade jars give off a beautiful, warm glow that makes an attractive and economical Christmas gift. Make your product look professional by sourcing some decorative jars for marmalade from among the range by Wares of Knutsford. Even if you prefer traditional, marmalade jars, make sure you label them prettily and present them with a ribbon or gift tag. The label should advise the contents of the jar and a date, plus a seasonal message if you wish.