Sunday, 14 September 2014

Orange Jam


Orange Jam by Carole's Chatter

Each year I make some marmalade – usually using oranges from our neighbours' tree.  This year my better half asked me whether it was possible to make Orange Jam instead.  I had never heard of it so did the Google thing.
It seems the only difference between jam and marmalade is that a marmalade has the skin of the fruit in it whereas a jam does not.  The jam also cooks much quicker than a marmalade.
So I decided to give it a go.  I used 9 medium sized  store bought oranges which weighed approximately a kilo after being peeled. 
I peeled the oranges with a sharp knife taking off as much of the pith as I could without being too picky about it.  I then roughly chopped the oranges.
I added a kilo of jam setting sugar to the fruit and let it sit for a half an hour.
I boiled it up for about 5 minutes.  At that stage I gave it a quick blitz with a stick blender and then added the juice of a small lemon, a tablespoon of Cognac and some vanilla extract (about 1 teaspoon).
Once it had reached jam setting stage – that is when you spoon a bit onto a cold plate you can run your finger through it and the sides won't join back up together – turn the heat off and let it all sit for 20 minutes or so before pouring it into jars.
This made 5 jars of orange jam.  The taste was somewhere between a jam and a marmalade.  Next time I'll peel the oranges with my fingers – I figure the bit of pith left is what added a touch of bitterness to the jam.

8 comments:

  1. I think I'd probably go with the jam as well. Thanks for reminding me what the difference between jam and marmalade is.

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  2. I've never made orange jam -- and I bet you're right about the pith adding some bitterness. Sound pretty easy to make.

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  3. The jam looks good! Would be nice to try it since I've never had it. Of course, living with 30+ Paddington Bears, we always have marmalade in the house. :)

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  4. I hadn't heard of this either. Sounds very good.

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  5. The orange jam looks pretty and delicious.

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  6. This sounds good. I've made jam using my bread maker.

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  7. I did not know the difference between jam and marmalade; you learn something new every day.

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  8. Hi Carole,
    Your Orange Jam looks so good, I can't wait to taste this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with us at Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a fantastic day and come back real soon!
    Miz Helen

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