* lazy person meyer lemon and cara cara orange marmalade

Posted on January 31st, 2012 by maitreya. Filed under Home and Garden.


For some reason I got the urge to make marmalade the other night, what with all the gorgeous citrus in the grocery store lately.  I got some fancy cara cara oranges and meyer lemons to use, and then opened up my canning books to find a recipe.  It was disappointing to see that marmalade looks hard!  And time-consuming (like, several days time-consuming)!  And annoying (supreming, ugh)!  All the instructions say your marmalade will be awful unless you do all these things, including extracting your own pectin from the seeds and membranes.

In despair, I looked at the box of commercial pectin, with the quickie recipe.  Surely, it wouldn’t be too bad, right?  I rationalized that my fancy ingredients would make up for it and decided to be lazy.

Licking the spoon, I think this will be totally passable.  It set up a little hard, but it’s nice and tart, not overly sweet like many of the bad reviews out there.  I still have a cup more of the prepared fruit+rind, so I’m going to add a grapefruit and some kumquats to it and make a second batch.  As soon as I go to the grocery store for more pectin, that is.

This is the first time I’ve gotten to use the pretty Weck jars my mom got me for my birthday.  They are so cute, and I found them just as easy to use as the normal canning jars.  Even better, Hardwick’s, my local hardware store, now carries Weck jars and accessories!  So now I have an easy source for extra rubber gaskets.  I also got some of the refrigerator storage caps.

Minor canning lesson of the day: I also filled a tall skinny Weck jar and the marmalade separated into a rind-y layer and a clearer layer during processing. Next time I think I will stick to the tulip jars or the squat molds.

Now to figure out a good way to label them…



5 Responses to “lazy person meyer lemon and cara cara orange marmalade”

  1. Meredith Says:

    Do the tulip jars help with the separation? We have this issue all the time with strawberry jam.

  2. Radha Says:

    yum, I want some

  3. Janet's House Says:

    Beautiful!. Great idea with marmalade. I’ve noticed the beautiful citrus out there also, especially the Meyer lemons. YUM! Aren’t the Wecks great! Something so beautiful, yet utilitarian about them.

  4. dorie Says:

    Why are cara cara oranges so good? Looks both pretty and tasty!

  5. maitreya Says:

    The tulip jars definitely seem to help with the floating fruit problem. I made a second batch and got the same result: layers on three other jar geometries, and great mixing in the tulip jar.

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