I made marmalade to give to friends and family over the holidays. My first batch came out great. I thinly sliced oranges and lemons and let them soak overnight in a pot with sugar and water.
The oranges were then cooked for several hours and spooned into jars. Unfortunately, I burned myself a little during the jam pouring. The injury was well worth the results. The marmalade was gooey and sweet and delicious. Me, my sister, husband and brother-in-law enjoyed spreading the fresh marmalade over cheese and crackers. I also mailed my mother, grandmother and aunt a jar from this batch.
However, my next round of marmalade turned into a disaster. I think I was overly confident and rushed the final simmering step. The jam ended up tasting more like orange soup. If you are inspired to make marmalade after reading this post, remember to cook it for the FULL AMOUNT OF TIME.
This marmalade recipe is from the cookbook of Ina Garten.