Thursday, March 24, 2011
Blood Orange Marmalade with Rum, Jaggery and Vanilla
I decided that I wanted to make Blood Orange Marmalade. I had made it in California and I loved it. Annie gave me the Blue Chair Jam Cook Book for Xmas and I thought that I would try out a recipe. I found the Blood Oranges at Trader Joes and I was ready to go. I couldn't find a recipe that I really wanted to make so I took the recipe for Seville Orange with Rum, Vanilla and Piloncillo and changed it up a bit. I didn't have Piloncillo but I had Jaggery and I think they are pretty much the same.
I also had some real vanilla so I used that instead of extract. I also used Blood Orange instead of Seville Orange because I knew there was no way that I would find Seville Oranges here. This marmalade takes three days but it is well worth it. I would use this method again and I would say that anyone that is into making jams and marmalades should own this book.
So, I did the whole canning thing. It was lots of work.
The dog was disgusted that there wasn't anything good dropping on the floor.
The color was amazing. It thrilled me every time I looked into that pot.
Let me stop here and tell you that I never have had a canned good go wrong except once when I tried making grape jam and it turned into fruit leather. I can lots of stuff. I really do.
I made this jam and did the jam test thing and it seemed done and then I canned it and well. It didn't jell. It tasted so good though.
I could have thrown it all back and redid it but that isn't my style. I pout. But I had so many jars of this beautiful liquid that I was determined to come up with an idea. I did.
Yes, she knows I am crazy. I have a cold but I needed to come up with a fix for this "marmalade" conundrum. It was bothering me and in case you didn't notice I am a bit obsessive.
A blood orange Daiquiri
I thought it was going to suck but it didn't. It was good. Even with a cold and it snowing outside. Yes, snowing in March. I am pretending it is summer with a blood orange daiquiri.
1/2 Jar (about 1/2 C) Uncoagulated Blood Orange Marmalade
1 Limes worth of juice
1/4 C Light Rum
2 Cups ice cubes
Blend in badass blender.
Oh can I ask you a question? Ok good...
I got this beautiful assortment of salts for Xmas a while back. I have saved this in my kitchen because it is so pretty. It has every kind of salt in it. Would you just use it? I am the type of person that saves certain things and am afraid to use them up. I realize that when I die I can't take it with me but still....
Would you use it?
Maybe you better come over and help me through the phobia.