When life gives you lemons…you make lemonade. When life gives you oranges…..you make marmalade! Easy Homemade Orange Marmalade.
We have a new neighbor 🙂 There is always a bit of trepidation when someone new moves in next door. You hope they will be nice, not loud, no barking dog, or bratty kids ( I know, but we all think that one). Ding, ding, ding we have a winner!! David is a lovely man who after a few short conversations, Tim and I have discovered shares a love of food.
Recently I made our Zesty Lemon Poppyseed Bundt Cake, and since a whole cake is just too much for two, we shared it with our new neighbor.
In return, we received a large bag of oranges. Normally Tim and I do not eat oranges per se. I purchase them on occasion for recipes, but we rarely slice and eat an orange.
Not wanting them to go to waste I figured a recipe with oranges was in order. With another recipe in the works for pork tenderloin ( look for that recipe soon), and it needed …you guessed it orange marmalade. Fate? Kismet? You decide. Whatever it was, I was now going to make marmalade.
Here’s the thing, I’ve never made marmalade. Guess what? It’s super easy!! The hardest thing was slicing the oranges, and with a mandoline, even that was easy. In hind site, I think I would have chopped up the sliced oranges. An Immersion blender ( Amazon) helped to break up the mixture as it cooked.
Once the oranges are ready, add them to a sugar-water mixture to which I added a touch of vanilla paste. I know I have sung the praises of vanilla paste recently, but I love it!
Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 35 to 40 minutes. The mixture thickens to a sweet and tangy spread that is perfect for toast, on top of pancakes or french toast. Use it in savory dishes, and sauces. Marmalade uses are endless.
So when life gives you oranges… Easy Homemade Orange Marmalade!Print
1 1/2 pound oranges about 6 oranges
1 1/2 cups of water
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
Slice the oranges thinly, approximately 1/8 inch thick, removing seeds if needed. A mandolin makes this process move quickly.
In a large saucepan stir together water sugar and vanilla paste.
Add oranges and juice from slicing stirring to combine.
Bring the mixture to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture has thickened to a jammy consistency, about 35-40 minutes.
Transfer the marmalade to jars and seal.
Marmalade can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 10 days in an airtight container.
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