Last Tuesday, Kevin and I were given a bagful of oranges by Rolando during the coffee tour. So, what does one do with so many oranges before they go bad? Well, after juicing a whole lot, which was delicious by the way, I looked for other creative ways to use them up.
I remembered that Kevin loves marmalade, so I searched and found a recipe on the internet. I've never made jam before, but there's always a first time. Here is a heap of orange peels in my compost bin. I did keep some of the peel for the marmalade, as called for in the recipe.
This is my first attempt... but it poured out like very hot orange juice (all that stirring and reducing, and still so liquid). I secretly convinced myself that it would thicken up as it cooled. When I showed it to Kevin (to be honest, I was more excited about the jar I found... isn't it great?) he looked at me with that face that says 'I hate to have to tell you this, honey, so I won't, but please know by the look on my face, that whatever is in that pretty jar, is NOT and will never become marmalade unless you reduce it further.' He had a taste of this yummy juice and said it tasted just like proper marmalade (except for the consistency part), so with that encouragement, I decided to take heart and reduce it some more. Man oh man, I stirred as it boiled and eventually... and I do mean 'eventually', it got thicker. It reduced to the point that pouring it back into the original jar was ridiculous... my intention wasn't to make a huge batch since I didn't know if I'd make a mess of things (who me?), leaving it inedible, BUT I was hoping to have more than a thimble worth!
So, in this much smaller (not particularly attractive) jar, I poured the much thicker... but still not really quite thick enough (yes, I did, yet again, convince myself it would thicken as it cooled). Then, I decided second batches are always way better anyway! So until next time...
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My husband, Kevin, and I are from Burlington, Ontario, Canada. We decided to leave the cold winters of the Great White North and the hustle and bustle of our busy lives to reinvent ourselves in the beautiful mountains of Costa Rica. The planning stage started in June 2011 and we embarked on our new adventure on August 23, 2012. Welcome to our journey... enjoy the ride.
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