Blood Orange and Lime Marmalade
Updated: May 20
This is a delicious marmalade with an amazing colour from the Blood Oranges. If it isn’t blood orange season you could make with regular oranges or lemons. All citrus fruits work well but if you can find blood oranges it is well worth it. The season is usually very short in January and February in the UK shops.
The preparation is done the day before making the marmalade so make sure you have the time set aside over two days.
The first day is about preparing the fruit and cutting the peel. This is time consuming but well worth the effort.
Once you have prepared the fruit it should be covered and left overnight as this will help to extract more pectin which will give a firmer set to the marmalade.
Make sure after setting point is reached you let the marmalade cool for 10 minutes before putting in the jars or the peel will float to the top of the jars.
800g Blood Oranges
1 Ltr Water
1.5 Kg Granulated sugar
Squeeze the juice from the blood oranges and limes.
Put the juice into a large pan or preserving pan.
Using a paring knife scrape the pulp from the peel and put in a muslin bag with the pips. Tie the bag up securely and add to the saucepan.
Add the water to the pan.
Use a sharp knife and shred the peel finely and add to the saucepan.
Cover the pan and leave in a cool place overnight.
Put a few saucers in the freezer for testing the setting point tomorrow.
The next day bring the saucepan to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 45 minutes.
Meanwhile sterilise 6 x 1lb jars and lids by placing them in a low oven at 150 degrees centigrade (130 fan) or Gas mark 2 for 30 minutes.
Remove the muslin bag and carefully squeeze the liquid back into the saucepan.
Add the sugar and stir over a low heat until all the sugar has dissolved. Once the sugar has dissolved boil for 20 minutes.
Take the pan off the heat and put a small amount on one of the cold saucers and leave for a few minutes. If it wrinkles when you push your finger over the surface then it has reached setting point. If it doesn't wrinkle then place the pan back on the heat and boil for another 3 minutes. You may need to do this a few times before setting point is reached. Don't be tempted to rush this stage or you will not have nicely set marmalade.
Allow the marmalade to settle for 10 minutes before putting into the jars. If you don't do this you will not get an even spread of peel and it will float to the top of the jars.
Once the marmalade is in the jars, seal and label.
Sarah’s extra slice.......
You need a large pan or a jam pan as shown above and a Jelly bag
You will need 6 x 1lb jars to bottle the marmalade.
A funnel is very handy if you are a regular jam/ marmalade maker
The marmalade will last up to 1 year stored in a cool place.