There's been a lot around Blogland this week about favorite projects of 2012. One project success around here came in the waning days of 2012 when my mother and I made the World's Easiest Marmalade.
Have I mentioned I adore marmalade?
However, I do not adore corn syrup, the primary ingredient in affordable marmalade, and I do not adore paying $7.00 a jar for marmalade that doesn't have it.
So when Big Red's wrestling team held their annual citrus sale, I knew what I wanted to do with some of our purchase.
Have I mentioned I have a canning phobia?
I do can, a little at least, but I find the whole process and fear of botulism a tad nerve-racking.
Enter freezer jam!
Virtually no freezer jam recipes for orange marmalade exist!
So, Mama and I put our heads together, combined a few recipes we found online, and created an easy-peasy, delicious marmalade. The critical ingredient is instant pectin for freezer jams, and the basic directions are on the Ball Instant Pectin container. We tweaked a recipe from another no-cook pectin brand to make orange marmalade.
Whew! Long lead to this:
Sunshine in a Jar Marmalade
For every two 8oz jars of marmalade, you will need:
1 2/3 cups chopped citrus, membranes removed (We used all oranges in one batch, a mix of oranges, tangelos, and lemon in another.)
2/3 cup sugar or sugar substitute or 1/3 cup sugar/stevia blend
2 Tbsp Ball instant pectin
Don't exceed 6 jars in a batch; it might not set up properly.
Place citrus in a small saucepan and allow to come to a gentle boil. Cook, stirring occasionally on medium-low heat for about 25 minutes. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
In a large bowl, stir together sugar and pectin. Add cooled fruit and stir three minutes. Ladle into clean freezer jars and let stand 30 minutes. Enjoy then or freeze!
Leave about 1/2 inch headspace at the top of the jars to allow for expansion. Glass jars will work if they have straight sides.
We still have tangelos (a cross between a tangerine and an orange) in the basement, so I see a few more batches in our future.