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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Scotch Marmalade

I made scotch marmalade on Sunday afternoon and it was so easy I wanted to share the recipe.
 Honestly it's barely a recipe at all, you only have to find this can of pre-cut seville oranges at the grocery store.
I bought mine at my local grocery which is not fancy and does not carry specialty products.  This can of marmalade-fixings was set on the store shelf near the sugar.
The whole thing was such a success I'm planning to make more.
The recipe is on the back of the can and calls for 1.8 kg of sugar.  I bought some organic cane sugar, in part because the measuring had been done for me: each carton holds 900 grams.

 You simply plomp the bits of seville orange peel with the sugar in your pan.  I have a copper jam pot from France that is quite large and wide.  (I bought my jam pot in rural France last summer at a roadside hardware store, we were on our way to Marsanne.   It was easy to bring home in the suitcase as I just filled it with clothes and the pan itself is constructed of a fairly thin copper, it is not at all heavy.)

I cooked down the marmalade as per the instructions, adding in a couple of teaspoons of butter to disperse the foam.  When it looked as though it was near the end of its cooking time (it calls for about 15 minutes of boil time) I added my secret ingredient:
Delicious scotch!
I boiled the concoction a bit more.  As the smell of scotch wafted upstairs to the family room I think it gave MrBP an idea:  a little glass of scotch with that football game?
 The whole activity produced only four jars of marmalade but they are fairly large.  I need to find some smaller jars for my next batch, which I'd like to give away as gifts.
As far as sterilizing the jars, I simply set mine in a 300 degree oven while the jam was boiling.  (I will be keeping the marmalade in the fridge, I am forever scarred by my first experience with canning:  I produced two batches of blueberry jam (this was many moons ago when I lived in St. John's Newfoundland) and it ended up moulding over, it all had to be thrown out!)

Have you made marmalade?  Ever set eyes on a can of "Ma Made"?
xoDani

27 comments:

  1. Ma Made is so funny, I've never seen that. I don't like marmalade but I think this sounds delicious, very impressive!

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  2. I love marmalade, it's really the only kind of jam I like. Have never seen or heard of Ma Made. I'm so glad you're really enjoying your new bag - it's perfect for you.

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  3. Hi Dani, that does look easy! However, I really don't like orange marmalade (although my hometown of Dundee was known for it for a very long time). However, I do love Roses Lime Marmalade - have you ever tried it?

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    1. Patricia, my DH is a fan, although to me the bright green colour in the jar takes some getting used to - a bit like green eggs and ham.

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  4. Funny, Ma Made is one of those things I think of as typically Britanadian, was always a fixture in Dominion (now Metro) stores down East, although it is actually canned in Spain I think. They used to make a lemon version as well, now gone, likely with changing tastes for supermarket jam, Nutella, fluff etc.
    Feel better now I know you weren't peeling, chopping, pressure/ cooking, boiling and straining for four pots of spread ;-) In addition to the whiskey or brandy, try subbing some of the water with fresh lemon juice for a bit more of a sweet-and-sour tangy kick. The other good add is a small bit of sliced or chopped candied ginger or a couple of tbsp. of the juice from fresh grated ginger root.
    A couple of spoonfuls of finished marmalade reheated also makes a great sauce for bread pudding.
    Un-Martha

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    1. DBP, if you ever get in a jam (punny) Golda's Kitchen online is a good Canadian source for nice, inexpensive canning jars. The 125 ml Bernadin "gift" ones with the pretty textured surface with fruit design and a space for labels are $13.25 for 12 jars and lid sets + P&P. My faves, the 250 ml/ 8 oz. wide-mouth (squat) authentic Mason are about $18 for a set of 12 with lids. www.goldaskitchen.com

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  5. Now this is one preserve I have not made, due to the lack of Seville oranges; did not know they were obtainable in a can. Looks yummy!

    If you treat them to a water bath for 5 min you should not have any problem with spoilage. you can also use your dishwasher to sterilize the jars.

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  6. I have not Ma Made in so long I'd forgotten about it. My mom loves marmalade so perhaps I'll make a small batch as gifts thanks to your idea :-) I like how Get Fresh added lemon and ginger which would go over well with the folks.
    I have tons of small jars as we've completely gone through the summer jam-already-Rocket Arm and Slugger loved it.

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  7. Yummy but my husband drinks that brand of scotch so I'd need to sneak some when he's not looking!
    Sounds delicious!

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  8. Dani, something else just popped into my head re. blueberry debacle. Get you on the fridge keeping precuation. BUT, the most common cause of a spoiled top is not 101% sterilised lids and a tight initial seal. Aside from the oven or dishwasher run, there's an easy trick. Put each lid on the jars as soon as you've filled them (I find using a measuring cup easiest), tighten them up and then tip them upside down for a couple of seconds so that the boiling hot contents "extra-sterilise" the inside of the lid. Of course, wear oven mitts or use potholders to do this. And don't try to label jars until they are fully cool, many labels won't stick. (See what you learn from being Nan's childhood jam slave.)

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    1. Be sure to stick your ladle or measuring cup pourer in dishwasher/ oven or kettle stream too.

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    2. GetFresh - thanks for these tips!

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  9. I love marmalade, Dani - but these klutzy paws of mine wouldn't risk making it themselves. I usually buy the Bonne Maman range and it it very scoffable on hot toast. Well done you, for making your own. (So now we know, you like a touch of scotch at breakfast. I'm checking your bag for a hip flask!)

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  10. OH BOY! I am doing that this Sunday! THis will be a huge hit with my husband and what a great hostess gift for the holidays! and thanks GF for sterilizing tip! Love this Dani - many thanks!

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  11. Looks delicious! I thought you got recipe from Tabs.
    How much scotch do you add?

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  12. I use Rose's Lime Marmalade in a way I'm sure the Rose bros. never considered: it's the key ingredient in the glaze for Duck with Lime Sauce! note: not Key Lime Marmalade!

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  13. I have not yet made marmalade, but this sounds so easy I may just give it a try. I've never seen Ma Made, but will be sure to look the next time I'm at the market.

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    1. FFM, weird that I know this, but you can get it off Amazon in the US. One of my family's friends who snowbirds in FL every year buys it there. It is $15 for the can, but it does make a lot of marmalade so it probably doesn't work out to any more than $3 to $5 per jar.

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    2. Yes, and if you have Prime it's free shipping. Because of the free shipping that comes with our Prime membership, lately I've been purchasing many specialty grocery items from amazon.

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    3. GetFresh: Thanks for the tip about Amazon! I found it. :)

      Hexicon: I do have Amazon prime and use the free expedited shipping frequently. :)

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  14. Dani I haven't; however I certainly will now! I haven't seen the Ma Made either, its probably there though. Looks and sounds delish!

    xoxo
    Karena
    A Special Scalamandre Giveaway

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  15. This is such a great idea Dani. I've got to get my act in gear and make a list. I'm getting motivated with seeing the towels and marmalade .
    Good for you for being organized.

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  16. This sounds so easy and delicious! I had never thought making your own marmalade would be so simple. I am a fan of Fortnum & Mason marmalade. When they bring it in at Holt Renfrew for the holidays, I always stock up. Maybe I will try this recipe - I have always been afraid of canning things before. Thanks for sharing the trick of sterilizing the jars on the oven.

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  17. Your marmalade looks yummy! I never made any but in a time while I was out of work, looking for a job and trying to not become insane, I started a (very) small business of jams and jellies... It was a fabulous time!

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  18. Let me tell you girls--the marmalade is tops! I was served up by Mrs. BP herself (rye toast with a mug of coffee) and it was delishhh! I managed to spill a blob on my pants and have to lick my fingers in a very 5-year-old way, but it was sooo sweet! Thanks Dani!

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  19. You're welcome Dannie and thanks for the comments ladies! I'll be back later to respond properly, going for a facial to keep the crypt-keeper skin at bay!

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