Feeling quite inspired by recently watching Paddington, I made marmalade. Having made a few jams before, it can take quite some time to reach the setting temperature and a lot of mess and fuss. Sometimes, you just want an easy alternative.
This is where Lakeland steps in, with a ‘Marmalade mix’ in a tin. Pure seville oranges, no additives or preservatives – don’t taste it I did, the rind makes it terribly bitter at this stage, so wait ’til the sugar is incorporated.
Well it all sounds a bit too good to be true, even to the biggest Lakeland groupie – yep I know, I am amazingly cool sometimes…
All you will need is:
sugar (approx 2kg)
5 clean and sterile jam jars (pop them in the oven for 10 mins at 120oC)
I am pleased to say that it does what it says on the tin. In a mere 30 minutes you will have 5 steaming jars of freshly made syrupy marmalade, of quality that will definitely rival that of Aunt Lucy’s – Remember after all, it was inspired by Paddington.
The instructions are easy to follow and even give you some helpful tips that you can apply to any jam making to save time and get that perfect setting point.
It makes for a much more enjoyable marmalade making, it saves hours and just as delicious result!
With the lengthy stewing of oranges taken out of the mix you can focus on some fun additions. I’ve heard rhubarb and orange marmalade goes down a storm, ginger is a classic companion, but if you’re feeling a bit cheeky why not add a splash of cointreau or whiskey!
So in short, I think I’ve found yet another reason to love Lakeland!