Sit, listen to the wind, birds and trees. Allow the beauty and chaos that is nature to enter and propel you through this time we call life.
Breath in the smells of an open fire place and a camp fire. Know the difference they have on you and your surroundings.
Give with an open heart and mind. Know that there are richer and poorer. But never measure those two thoughts by the amount of money one has. For richness is how you live and give of yourself, not what you have.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Old Fashion Orange Marmalade or Whiskey Marmalade
This is a very special and cherished recipe passed on
from a dear friend's grandmother.
It was a wonderful experience making this jam because the aroma that was
sent through the air allowed me to relive past Christmases from when I
was a child.
I made mine without whiskey but included the ground cloves which I
mistakenly added at the start of the cooking time.
Cook time: 2 Hr Prep time: 40 Min Serves: made 10 (1/2 pint) jars
2.2 lb thin skinned oranges
4 lb sugar (7.6 cups)
1 tsp ground cloves
8 c water
1 tsp ground cloves (optional)
IF MAKING WITH WHISKEY
1 tsp ground cloves
5 Tbsp whiskey
1. cut up the oranges in quarters and squeeze out the juice of lemons, remove membrane of oranges with a spoon.
Put orange shavings in muslin bag and tie (slice the peel finely or
coarsely your choice) (I used a fine grater and put my shavings right in
with my jam) Or you can do as the directions stated and put it in a bag
and in a saucepan of water and leave it soaking a few hours
Then bring it all to the boil and let to simmer gently for 1-1/2
hours, making sure after this time the water should be reduced by half.
Squeeze all the liquid from the muslin bag and remove from saucepan.
Now you will add the sugar and stir until all the sugar has dissolved.
Then, increase the heat and bring to a full rolling boil rapidly until
setting point is reach 5 to 10 minutes approx. stay with it ..
Test for set = put a little marmalade on a cold saucer and cool for a
few minutes if it wrinkles when u push it with your finger it's done, if
not boil some more ...allow marmalade to sit in the saucepan for 15
minutes before potting to prevent the peel from floating all to the top.
NOTE==if you want whiskey marmalade this is how's it is done ....add
the 5 tablespoons of whiskey and a teaspoon of ground cloves to the
cooking marmalade just before potting stir in well .
Here is where I messed up and had put the cloves in at the beginning with my Oranges. The result was a darker all
around color but the taste is out of this world. We even created a new tv
favorite snack from this jam.
Old fashioned Orange Marmalade Dip
1 (8 oz) block of cream cheese
1 jar of This wonderful jam
Crackers or chips (we used corn chips)
This was done just like you would with a jalapeño jelly. Just set the
cheese in an oblong serving bowl and pour this jam over top. Serve it
with chips to dip.