Post by Penny
On Fri, 12 Jun 2020 18:57:12 +0100, "J. P. Gilliver (John)"
Post by J. P. Gilliver (John)
As an engineer/scientist, it's always irritated me that evaporated and
condensed milk both exist, but are different things!
Seems quite reasonable to me. Evap is runny - continue to evaporate and you
end up with thick, fudgy condensed.
Rather like my recently made marmalade. I haven't made marmalade for ages
having discovered the very cheap and quite acceptable Lidl version. I had a
couple of kilos of Seville oranges in the bottom of the freezer (obviously
had been there for years) and some sugar so early in lockdown I made up 1
kilo-worth into marmalade. It was too runny and some of the peel was too
I couldn't pick out all the hard peel but I did boil it all up again and
rather overdid it in my effort to get it to set better (should have added
fresh lemon juice I think) and ended up with a toffee which was difficult
to spread and most of the peel was too hard. I finished eating it last
week, blitzing each jar's content with a little water and ending up with
something which looked cloudy like set honey with small bits in. It was
very tasty - far better than the Lidl version I am now eating. I may have
another go with the rest of the frozen fruit now I've managed to stock up
on sugar for the jam season.
Next time, you could try boiling the oranges first until they soften.
Then scoop out the innards, put them in a muslin, and keep it in the pan
as you make the marmalade (you can re-use the orangey boiled water in
the marmalade-making process). The peel should be already quite soft and
therefore also easier to cut. FWIW I always add a lemon or two (also
boiled, eviscerated, shredded) anyway.
I am a complete marmalade-making junkie. The smell of the boiling
oranges is utterly delicious and the process addictive. In January I
regularly make around 70 jars, mostly for us (himself eats almost a jar
a week) plus presents and a batch for the church Christian Aid sale.
This year there was no sale so I offered it to our road one Sunday
morning for donations and made about £10 per pot. Yes, I'm afraid I did
call it MarmalAid.
Finally, if you have one or two left over, save them for mulled wine at
Christmas - they give a much more interesting flavour than ordinary oranges.