'I'm making marmalade tomorrow' I informed C yesterday evening.
'What, you're messing around with pans of boiling sugar?'
'Well be careful you don't burn yourself'
Why does everyone keep telling me that? Sheesh, you have one accident in twenty odd years of culinary endeavour and suddenly everyone thinks you're not safe to be left alone in a kitchen.
But thank you all for your concern :o)

Despite the fact that I still have four jars left from last year's marmalade making I couldn't pass up this most welcome of preserving opportunities.
 Just when everything is flat and grey, and Christmas already a distant memory the Seville oranges arrive to cheer everything up. Filling the house with the smell of sweet, orangey boiling is my idea of a good time.

I use Delia Smith's recipe as a starting point. I slice the peel in the food processor cutting up any bits that escape the blade with a knife. The pith disappears as the marmalade cooks.

You need a mountain of sugar.

Before Christmas I bought a jar of preserved ginger with whiskey. It was a mistake, I hadn't realised it had whiskey in it until I checked my receipt and discovered it had cost £5. Ouch. Never mind I thought, I expect I'll find a use for it. I did. In the marmalade it went. I chopped the ginger and threw it in the pan of cooked oranges with its whiskey-sodden syrup and the sugar.

Boil it up. Be careful it is very hot. Don't burn yourself ;o)

Testing for a set is always a testing time. I hardly ever manage to get it to the stage where it wrinkles on a cold saucer. I boiled this batch of marm for 25 mins and still no wrinkles. Pot it anyway. Put it somewhere cool and it will set as it cools. It always does.

Ladle carefully into sterilised jars. A jam funnel makes life easier.

I got ten jars of Ginger-Whiskey Marmalade. 
I am satisfied, sticky and unscathed :o)



  1. Glad to see you are back on both feet again and doing what you love best. I can imagine the smells that come from your kitchen. No need for scented candles in your house !!

  2. Anonymous10:06 pm GMT

    might have to try my hand at marmalade making. this looks nice.

  3. Yum, this looks lovely. Bought seville oranges today intending to have a marmalade session but got home and realised I had forgotten to buy sugar!!! job for tomorrow...

  4. My stepdad always used to make marmalade using some kind of a kit in a tin. I was a bit sceptical about this. But then, I've never made my own marmalade. I shall look at your photos and know that I've at least seen the best bits of the process, and never had to clean anything up.

  5. My dad would love that marmalade on his breaky toast.
    x Sandi

  6. Wow I bet the whisky will give it a good kick! I'm not a fan of marmalade myself, but when I see it done like that, I can't help but think that batch might be very tasty indeed!

  7. Anonymous10:31 am GMT

    Lovely post as always.

    Thankyou Linda

  8. Hi Sue,
    I`m so glad you didn`t scold yourself making your marmalade! I`m making mine today. ATM the peel is simmering away nicely while i`m sending you at comment. I always us the Sainted Delia`s recipe too, it never fails me. I`m going to make another batch at the weekend and i might have a go at the ginger one too. I have a jar of ginger in syrup in the cupboard. Better go and check it. Oh and i love the little pictures on your labels, cute.
    Love from Carole from Rossendale xxxx

  9. Mmmm. that looks so good and I like the labels you made too.


  10. I too am making marmalade today (using Delia's recipe) and it's simmering away beautifully making the house smell wonderful! I did suggest to my daughter this morning that someone should make marmalade air fresheners but she didn't think it would catch on! Best of luck with your set!!
    By the way how much are you paying for your sevilles?? mine were 89p a kilo in the local greengrocer but I saw them in Sainsburys for £1.99 a kilo!!

  11. Pati from London2:43 pm GMT

    Hello Sue, the orangey colour of the marmalade is beautiful. Am sure it tastes beautiful too... I've never ventured into making it... I feel that the sterilisation of the pots process is quite daunting...., is it? What do you do? Just boil them for an hour? Thanks, Pati x

  12. Pati, it couldn't be simpler. All I do is wash the pots and their lids in hot soapy water. Then I rinse them and put the jars (but not the lids) in the oven at 100 degrees for about 20 mins. I just dry the lids. I pour the marmalade/jame/jelly into the hot pots. I don't use wax discs but make sure I fill the pots as full as I can.

    Sue x

  13. A scary amount of sugar, isnt' it? I think it is Nigel Slater who questions our obsession with setting points - it's the taste that matters, isn't it? I like a soft-set so am never overly concerned with the setting. Which is quite convenient really.

  14. Looks lovely - I wonder if it's easy enough for me to have a go. Think I'll try!
    Don't people get on yer nerves? I was told that I mustn't go up ladders this week by someone well meaning (??) in case I have another "funny turn" !"££$%^& Good manners have a lot to answer for :)

  15. Just don't go and fall off the chair as you put them on the top shelf of the cupboard... Ax

  16. Those jars look smashing, glad you had no mishaps.

  17. Your labels are great! I made mine in a rush and it hasn't set. It is yummy though even if you have to drizzle it onto your toast.

  18. I made marmalade today too, the colour made my heart sing. I like the idea of adding ginger.
    Jo x

  19. Sorry I didn't post earlier Sue and hope you get this message. You have been given a Blog Award. Congratulations.
    That marmalade looks very yummy I can imagine the lovely warm smell in your kitchen

  20. Dear Sue,
    This post may just inspire me to make my first marmalade. It would be just the thing for my father-in-law who loves marmalade and ginger and, of course, whisky.

    I have one question, tho'...it looks like you used a variety of jars and re-used jars from store-bought things. I have never tried that and wonder if it is doable? I guess all the sugar makes it less fiddly in the jar department than som preserving can be?

  21. Sue, I absolutely love orange marmalade and have never had homemade just store-bought - I bet there is a world of difference. I do make homemade raspberry freezer jam and the difference in flavor of cooked varieties is **HUGE**. I need to make more next summer as we didn't get enough out of this last batch and it's nearly gone.

    Love your posts.. Teresa from Corbett, Oregon USA

  22. Pati from London10:22 am GMT

    Thanks Sue and enjoy your marmalade!! Will collect a few pots and may venture into making it! Pati xx

  23. Oh, this looks delicious! I might give orange marmalade a try.

  24. Great marmalade-making photos, lovely!
    I'm making marmalade this weekend too. Have a big bag of Sevilles that came with my veggie box. Lovely! I've been inspired by your fab crochet blanket to teach myself how to crochet grannies and I'm embarking on a blanket of my own. There are pics here, if you'd like to see:


    Laura x

  25. It looks delicious and what a cute label :-)

  26. We are on the last jar of last year's boiling. I must get some seville oranges before they disappear from the shops

  27. I just lost 10 pounds.....I think I gained it all back by just looking at you scrump-de-licious food photos :P

  28. Anonymous2:29 pm GMT

    I am thinking of making marmalade for the first time in my life and also have Delia's recipe but where can I get muslin to wrap the pips in when boiling? Did you use it?
    You might be interestedthat I was given the address of your blog from my daughter in America and I am in Scotland. It truly is a small world!

  29. I got my muslin squares from Lakeland.

  30. Thanks for the info on muslin squares.


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