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Maybe this is too much to ask, but I thought I'd share a recipe to make marmalade. Marmalade is thinner than jam, but with chunks of fruit (jelly is smooth without bits of fruit). I don't think it's that hard to make marmalade and I'm hoping after you take a look at this recipe, you'll give it a whirl.
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Servings: 144 one-tablespoon servings (16 per half pint jar)
Time: 45 minutes active; 4-5 hours total
2 cups honey
2 cups granulated sugar
3oz (85g) fresh ginger, grated finely
9 half pint (8oz) jars
Big soup pot
1. Grate zest of two grapefruits. Blanch zest in boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain, put in a bowl of cold water and set aside.
2. Remove the rinds from the grapefruit using my handy-dandy method that makes it so easy. Cut the grapefruit in quarters then make small cuts in each end with a paring knife. Push thumbs between flesh and rind and pull them apart. Discard rinds.
3. In a large soup pot, combine honey and sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat without stirring until sugar has dissolved.
4. Add ginger, zest (drain first), and grapefruit flesh. Before adding the flesh, break up between your fingers over the pot.
5. Cook over medium heat until temperature reaches about 210 degrees F and mixture thickens, about 3 hours. Check each hour to make sure sugar isn't burning. Consistency should be thinner than jam.
6. To jar, bring a large pot of water to a near boil, about 180-200 degrees F. Meanwhile, wash jars and lids in warm, soapy water. Rinse, drain and set aside on a towel to dry.
7. Once water is near a boil, put jars and lids in the water to sterilize. Carefully remove with tongs, drain water out and fill with marmalade being careful to leave about 1/4-1/2" space at the top.
8. Continue with remaining jars until all are full. Carefully place lids on top and tighten well.
9. Set aside for 24 hours and jars should seal. If they do not, all is not lost. If they do not seal, refrigerate and eat within one month (that's about as long as my stuff lasts anyway!). If they do seal properly (meaning you can't push down on the lid), they will last longer and can be stored at room temperature for months.
Writer Bio: Adrienne D. Capps loves food AND is a vegetarian! These things are not mutually exclusive in her world. She is passionate about eating, drinking, cooking, teaching, reading about food and growing food. Her goal with her food blog, Vegetarianized.com, is to open up the world of vegetarian cooking and eating to the veg-friendly and the veg-curious in an accessible way. She promises never to try to convert or make you feel guilty—just that eating less meat can be part of a healthy, fun and, above all, tasty lifestyle.