Freelance funtime

Posted by on Jan 30, 2013 in Cooking, Food, Fun stuff | One Comment
Freelance funtime

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So I was at my mum’s house on Sunday, flicking through the papers, and Nigel Slater was waxing lyrical about marmalade.

Which got me all excited about the idea too. Never done it, but I was in the right place, because by the time I left to head back up north, mum had kitted me out with a preserving pan (big, battered, beautiful in its own way), a bit of muslin and a selection of jars.

Got some Seville oranges (and a lemon, for the extra pectin, don’t you know) on the way home from the fan-bloody-tastic veg shop on stoke newington church street, and was all set for Monday. No work, just preserving.

What follows is a little photo essay of the process…

Chopping, squeezing, shredding

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The pips get tied up in the muslin, and in go two and a half litres of water

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Turn on the heat and stir it up

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There’s sugar, more heat and lots of faffing around with blobs on plates to test the set (still managed to make mine a bit too sticky, but it was my first time, or that’s my excuse, anyway)

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And then… taa daa! We have marmalade.

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My first batch. And my first post.

And the aftermath:

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1 Comment

  1. Patrick
    January 31, 2013

    And very nice it looks too! Thanks Kate for the jar – make sure you take one of my jars with you before you leave. Mine is at the other end of the setting spectrum – probably only just set. And has reduced sugar (Pru’s idea not mine) but still nice and tangy I think.

    If you remind me I will make you up a jar of cooking honey for you to take with you. Then maybe you could cook a honey cake!

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