Seville Orange Marmalade

20 Jan

Bitter things.

Traditionally, marmalade is made with Seville oranges— which occasionally show up in season in the Bay Area for a week or two.

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No added pectin– the pith copious number of seeds in a bitter orange produces enough (boiled in a muslin bag for ease of removal, in a pot with the whole rest of the orange sliced thin).

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As the sugar heats, it bubbles up and changes form several times. In absence of a thermometer, dropping bits of marmalade on a chilled plate in a freezer until it forms a skin gives a hint it’s at the right stage. A splash of scotch whiskey in honor of The Bard‘s birthday adds a little smoke.

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After canning, trying it out the next day. Tart and bitter and jelled– not bad!

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