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Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 15, 2007 - 01:04am PT
Well, it's that time of year. Seville oranges are available, and it's time to make marmelade. A wonder food for all types of climbing, particularly when combined with peanut butter. You really don't need to wonder why you do it.
Something to make everyone happy - except perhaps the large orange at the top.
The directions are pretty simple, much like Acopa shoes.
Oranges + water + sugar + jars, plus a lot of time chopping and stirring. Though inevitably there is some collateral damage.
Step 1 (making the cut)
Step 2 (in the soup)
Step 3 (bubble, bubble, toil and trouble)
Step 4 (sweeter things ahead)
Intermission (visit by supervisor)
Step 5 (a jarring event)
All's well that ends well (six+ litres total)
(Photos of dismemberment of oranges, and dish and floor washing, omitted so as to protect the innocent.)
WBraun

climber
Feb 15, 2007 - 01:08am PT
F'ck Anders, now ya did it.

Just wait till LEB shows up .....
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 15, 2007 - 01:10am PT
I was hoping we could exchange recipes and stuff...

:-)
Standing Strong

Trad climber
gone 'til november
Feb 15, 2007 - 01:12am PT
when i was little i used to go blackberry picking with my g-ma... we'd wade in the crik behind her house, along the banks of which ginormous blackberry bushes thrived. we'd pluck just the fattest berries and only eat a few, cuz after a few mornings, we'd have enough to make a batch of blackberry jam. those were the good old days... :)

Russ Walling

Social climber
Out on the sand, Man.....
Feb 15, 2007 - 01:20am PT
Great TR! I really want to know what is on the other end of that string that is draped into the pot... a mouse???
goatboy smellz

climber
Feb 15, 2007 - 01:21am PT
You forgot the potato vodka.
Standing Strong

Trad climber
gone 'til november
Feb 15, 2007 - 01:22am PT
perhaps the string is for making rock candy so he can have some dry rock to climb?

Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 15, 2007 - 01:24am PT
The string is tied to a bag containing the seeds. You remove all the seeds when you chop up the oranges - no need for them in the actual jam. But you need them for the pectin (natural jellying agent) that they provide. So for about half the time you cook the jam, the seeds are in there too. Boil and squeeze the seeds, and the pectin comes out of them. Then you take out the seeds, and cook it some more.
goatboy smellz

climber
Feb 15, 2007 - 01:43am PT
"squeeze the seeds"
Lets see if we can find a route in Lost Creek Wilderness to fulfill this inspiration. hubba hubba hubba!
WBraun

climber
Feb 15, 2007 - 02:03am PT
"Boil and squeeze the seeds, and the pectin comes out of them."

That's pretty cool Anders. I never knew that. I always added pectin from a external source.
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 15, 2007 - 02:14am PT
Well, it works for Seville oranges, anyway. They're quite a bitter orange - you'd never eat one on its own. (I think they're grown in Arizona.) Other kinds of oranges may have less pectin in their seeds.

I only use Seville oranges, water, and sugar. As T*R noted, the key part is not overcooking, or you end up with orange candy.

The result is a stronger tasting marmelade than most people are familiar. Bittersweet - like dark chocolate, and life.
Standing Strong

Trad climber
gone 'til november
Feb 15, 2007 - 02:46am PT
look look!



s*s!!! standing strong!!!!



you know what, if your marmalada is bittersweet you should get some really really really like 70% dark chocolate and put the marmalade on it. like, try inventing some recipes w/that combo and serve it next time you have guests for supper.
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 15, 2007 - 02:55am PT
Naah. It was a cry for help. An SOS. They were desperate. But yeah, maybe it could be S*S too.

Marmelade & chocolate is an intriguing idea.
WBraun

climber
Feb 15, 2007 - 03:07am PT
So the tree is the living and offers it's fruit. So taking the fruit there is no killing as tree will again bear fruit.

It's very nicely setup by nature this way.

So there was really no cry for help of S.O.S by the oranges.
Standing Strong

Trad climber
gone 'til november
Feb 15, 2007 - 03:20am PT
the oranges jumped ship (tree, actually - and voluntarily) to join mighty hiker and his merry marmalade :)
426

Sport climber
Buzzard Point, TN
Feb 15, 2007 - 09:45am PT
cool stuff Anders. I used to make elderberry/chokecherry jam when I was way out west.

Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 15, 2007 - 02:54pm PT
I forgot to mention the identities of the supervising critters. The orange cat, who views orange food with suspicion, is my cat Loki. The white dog is my father's chick magnet, Emma the dopey dog.
Jello

Social climber
No Ut
Feb 15, 2007 - 05:37pm PT
Mighty potent orange-jamfest ya posted up there, Hiker. I like SS's idea of combining with bitter chocolate into some sort of Standing Strong's Strangely Bitter Chocolate Marmalade Perfection. Maybe she'll come up with the recipe?
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 15, 2007 - 05:56pm PT
Jeff: Note that the pectin causes the marmelade to become....jellified.
Jello

Social climber
No Ut
Feb 15, 2007 - 07:29pm PT
If I were the maker, it would more properly be said to be jello-fied, o Mighty one.
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