I never liked orange marmalade… until I made it myself.
I am now hooked.
I’ve made Crispy Orange Chips, Tangy Orange Powder, Candied Orange Spice Peels, Homemade Orange Extract, Honey-sweetened Orange Curd & Orange Curd Bars, Honey-sweetened Almond Orange Shortbread Cookies and some fantastic Honey Orange Marmalade Rolls using my homemade marmalade.
I still have a looong list of recipes and ideas to try, but they will have to wait until next season.
Oh, before I go on about the marmalade. I want to do cover two things… 1) announce the 3 winners of the Safe Harvest Seed Bank Giveaway and 2) talk a little more about the 7-Day Real Food Challenge.
First, thank you everybody for participating in the giveaway and please give a round of applause to… Julie Cox (Liked Just Making Noise on Facebook), Krissa Jeldy (Liked Just Making Noise on Facebook) & Esther DeWaters (Liked Just Making Noise on Facebook).
Congratulations ladies!! I know you will enjoy the seeds. I have not planted mine yet, but making plans to do that in the next couple months. Woohoo!
Next, the 7-Day Real Food Challenge… I am really looking forward to it.
Why? Because it’s something new and a change of pace for my family.
I’ve been cooking and preparing real food for several years now, but every once in a while I get into a runt. If you are finding yourself in a runt too… come join us!
Or… maybe you are wondering how you can prepare more wholesome meals for you and your family. Wondering what you should or shouldn’t eat. Wondering if there’s something out there that is simple enough to get you started…
That’s where the 7-Day Real Food Challenge comes in to help! With 29 bloggers (including me!) on the support team, along with a full grocery list already prepared and recipes for all the meals for the week all done and ready for you.
Gosh, how many of you have had your grocery list done by someone else for once? Me, never! Nice having the week off from making my grocery list!
Anyway, I really hope you all will seriously think about it and join us! It will be great, PLUS there are several awesome giveaways for for those who join.
Okay, now… let’s talk about marmalade.
3 cups water
1. Wash the oranges. It is best to use organic, if possible.
3. Set your cutting board on a large plate or flat bowl to catch the juice while slicing the oranges.
5. Put the sliced oranges and all the juice into a large stainless steel pot. Add water and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring often.
6. Put 4 Tbsp of Black Chai Tea into a tea ball or bag and add into the mixture. Allow the mixture to a gentle boil and cook down for several minutes. Stir it a few times to prevent burning.
Scoop a small amount of marmalade onto a cold plate, let it cool completely. Rub the marmalade to test for thickness.
Use a rubber spatula and draw it through the mixture. If the mixture fills in the space created by the spatula very quickly, it’s not done. When the mixture is almost ready it will fill the space more slowly, leaving an space for a few seconds before filling in.
What do you think? Would you make this? I am thinking I want to try making lime marmalade… never seen or heard of that, but why not?!