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Day 138 – Kitchen Therapy – Orange marmalade — Scripting Happiness

Day 138 – Kitchen Therapy – Orange marmalade

Orange marmalade recipe

We were at our local farmer’s market on Saturday and I ended up with 10 pounds of oranges. Instead of using all of it to make orange juice, I decided to try and make orange marmalade for the first time. It was surprisingly easy to make and delicious! It was also a relaxing way to spend Sunday afternoon – good kitchen therapy. I’m looking forward to enjoying orange marmalade tea during winter. Here’s my orange marmalade recipe.

Start with 5 medium sized oranges (well washed). Slice the oranges into 1/8 inch slices. I used a mandoline to speed it along.

Once all the oranges are sliced, quarter it.

Take 1 lemon: zest and juice it.

Add the sliced oranges, 6 cups of water, 1 cinnamon stick, 2 bags of Good Earth tea, 2 slices of ginger, lemon zest and juice into large pot. Bring mixture to boil on high for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags. Reduce heat and maintain rapid simmer for 40 minutes. Add 1.5 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup of honey. Boil on high for 20 minutes or until mixture reaches 222 to 223 degrees. Stir frequently. Remove ginger and cinnamon stick.

Put mixture into sterilized jars and process jars.

(Note: There are lots of different ways to sterilize the jars and process it. I’ve found that the following method works well. Load the jars in the top rack of dishwasher and put the lids into the utensils basket. Run it on high heat/sanitize setting.  Once cleaned and dried, add boiling mixture into hot jars. Place lid on jars, making sure rims of jars are clean to ensure a tight fit. Finger tighten ring. Grab a large pot then line the bottom with kitchen towel. This will prevent the jars from banging against the bottom. Put the filled jars on top of the towel then fill the pot with water. Make sure the jars are completely submersed in water by 2 inches. Bring water to rapid boil. Boil for 10 minutes. Carefully remove jars with tongs.)




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