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I ran away from teaching to the country to grow veggies. There are also some chooks and a pair of troublesome goats who were so much trouble they had to go! My simple green life isn't always as simple or as green as I'd like...but I keep trying!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Look what Mama laid!

Those of you who have been reading this blog from the beginning may recall these photos of the oranges ripening.  Despite eating lots and giving many away there is still, at the end of Spring, fruit on the tree.  It has dried out a bit.  Now it just isn't as pleasant to stop work in the garden, wander on over and pick a snack.

So we made some delicious marmalade!

The recipe for the marmalade came from The Presbyterian Missionary Women's Union Cookbook which has been around since 1904 making it the oldest book of its kind still produced in the state of Victoria.

PMWU Orange Marmalade
  • 1kg oranges
  • 1.25 kg sugar
  • 6-8 cups water
  • juice and peel of 1 lemon.

Shred oranges finely and remove pips 
Cover fruit with water and leave for 24 hours
Put pips in a separate basin with water.
Next day strain the water from the pips and add to the fruit
Put the fruit and water in a large saucepan
Add lemon juice and peel to pan.
Boil until fruit begins to fall to the bottom of the pan (about 1 hour)
Add sugar and boil until it jells (about 1 - 1.5 hours)
Remove lemon peel, cool slightly and pour into warmed, sterilized jars.


  1. Oh that marmalade looks so good! We've run out of home-made marmalade now. Jane made a batch of Seville Orange marmalade in the Spring, but obviously not enough! It was so good that we ate it all very radidly. Sevill oranges are normally only available for a few weeks in the UK -- in about February. I'm so jealous of you having your own oranges to pick any time you feel like it.

  2. I might have a go at marmalade this year as the orange tree looks to have plenty of young ones on it. I have oodles of grapefruit, wish they were a bit sweeter.

    The marmalade you made looks lovely, and I have saved your recipe, thanks for sharing.

  3. Yummo! We just ended up with a big bunch of oranges, I think I know exactly what to do with them now.

  4. Golden as bottled jewels! Gorgeous.
    Ever tried putting coriander seeds in, gives it a hint of spicy for a change?

  5. That marmalade looks so yummy! I love it when there are big pieces of orange and lemon rind. Perfect on buttered toast!

  6. It is VERY yum and I will be making more in the next week so we don't run out. I will try the coriander seeds...sounds interesting.

  7. Looks YUMMY! I'll keep your recipe - thanks!


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