Yesterday I made some marmalade. I'm not too fond of jam, although I enjoy making it, and everyone else seems to like it, but I really do like marmalade. I like the slight bitterness that takes the edge off the sweetness. Unfortunately, I wasn't well when the Seville oranges were in the shops - they only seem to be around for a couple of weeks - so I had to use a tin for this batch. The tin contains ready prepared oranges, water, citric acid and pectin, so nothing 'nasty'.
Home made preserves probably don't taste that much better than shop-bought, but oh, the satisfaction I get from seeing the jars neatly labelled and lined up on the shelf. And the smugness I feel every time I open a jar and don't have to go out and buy one! When my sons were small I always made all our preserves, but that went by the board when I was working. Now I've got the time and I'm so pleased to get back to it. Marmalade, jam (last year plum this year strawberry I hope), pickles, chutneys, savoury jellies. Yum!
There's only one problem. I'm not supposed to eat anything with sugar in it and there's only the two of us at home now. Ah well, plenty to take to share with family and friends.