Sunday was my one day "off" this week (renos are back in full swing!). So, of course, I decided to make marmalade. This was my first attempt at any jam/jelly type thing, so doing it on a day where nothing else was happening was a good thing. And if I hadn't had forgotten to take my brain with me when I went shopping, it would have gone soooo much better.
I had decided to make three different recipes, and thought I had all the ingredients on my list. And since all the recipes list the amount of sugar by volume, but it's sold by weight, I had to figure out how many cups in a package. I wondered a bit when every site I saw said there were only 4 cups in a 2 pound package, but since each site said the same thing...
(Notice my mistake yet?)
One recipe was for blood orange marmalade, since they were on sale for $2.00 a pound. So, I very nicely weighed out 3 pounds of them, wondering a bit when they completely filled a produce bag...
(See it now?)
I got the rest of the ingredients, a couple of other items, all fours packages of sugar, and headed to the checkout.
Where I almost fell over when the blood oranges rang up at over $14.
Yeah. That's it. I live in Canada, and have for my entire life. And we use the metric system, and have been for almost my entire life.
I apparently forgot this, and thus bought twice as much sugar and twice as many blood oranges as I needed.
At least when I'm wrong, I'm consistent...
I started with the easiest recipe Sunday morning, a four-fruit marmalade with naval oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit.
|Blood orange marmalade|
I also forgot to take a picture of it, so look back at the first one, and imagine it a bit more pink :)
|Clockwise from top left: Blood Orange, Mixed-Fruit, Four-Fruit|
The verdict? They are all tasty, but not perfect. Not bad, mind you, for my first attempt! But the lime peels in the first batch are still too hard and I find that recipe too sweet, the blood orange version didn't set completely, and the last batch is a bit too tart. In the future, I'll make both the four-fruit and blood orange versions again, reducing the sugar a bit for the first, and cooking longer for the second.
But, of course, since I ended up with 15 pints of marmalade, I won't be making any more for quite a while....
It's a good thing I like marmalade!!