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Marmalade cutter

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Nannymags27 Wed 16-Jan-19 14:06:58

We’re Grans so we all make marmalade, don’t we 😉? But yes, I do, and I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on an easy way to cut/shred the peel? The only marmalade cutters on line are vintage! Help - for the sake of my fingers!

EllanVannin Wed 16-Jan-19 14:39:18

An ordinary cheese grater ? I use it when baking orange or lemon cakes-----either the finer part or the larger shreds.

Grammaretto Wed 16-Jan-19 14:41:14

If you find one please let me know. I just sit and cut the peel as fine as I can.

MawBroon Wed 16-Jan-19 14:42:03

I’m afraid he was called Paw sad

muffinthemoo Wed 16-Jan-19 14:43:24

Maw flowers

Izabella Wed 16-Jan-19 15:08:04

Confession: I make Marmade.

Auntieflo Wed 16-Jan-19 15:48:17

Another vote for Mamade here.
My dad used to make theirs when my parents were alive.
It was always good, and is so now, although I only use 3lbs of sugar, instead of the 4 lbs stated on the tin.
Sorry, but I have no hints for an orange peel cutter. Good hunting.

Marydoll Wed 16-Jan-19 15:53:52

Mamade for me too.🍊 You have just reminded me I have a tin sitting in the cupboard and we have run out of marmalade.
Even better I now have a jam maker, I'm no longer a purist.grin

BlueBelle Wed 16-Jan-19 16:01:31

Never made it so I m not a gran 😂😂😂

Auntieflo Wed 16-Jan-19 16:06:50

Oh thanks Marydoll.
We are down to our last jar, and also have a tin of Mamade sitting in the cupboard, so I am off to make some more now.
I have had a productive afternoon, making fruit scones and cheese scones, only because we had milk ‘ on the turn’ and I didn’t want to throw it out.

MawBroon Wed 16-Jan-19 16:11:07

We used to get Seville orange “marmalade kits” from Riverford Organic veg boxes and Paw made a mean marmalade. I think he like the exactitude of the cutting, the boiling temps etc and found it very satisfying. He also did a tasty Quince Cheese and Medlar Jelly.
I still get plenty of marmalade now as DD’s FIL makes some every year as do my sisters in law and my 27 year old nephew.
Perhaps marmalade is a man thing?

Marydoll Wed 16-Jan-19 16:17:33

Auntieflo, a girl after my own heart! smile. I too have milk on the turn and you have put me in the notion for fruit scones!
I can't bear to waste food and I have DH well trained, not to through out milk. grin

hillwalker70 Wed 16-Jan-19 16:27:39

But that’s the joy of Marmalade making, cold wet January outside, warm kitchen, Radio 3 and mindless cutting of peel and that wonderful aroma.

Grammaretto Wed 16-Jan-19 16:37:23

Exactly hillwalker70 though I'm a radio 4 devotee.
I used to make a huge jam pan full but I now do it in smaller batches and I discovered quite recently that you can quarter and freeze seville oranges and make it at other times of year.

kittylester Wed 16-Jan-19 16:43:54

I'm obviously not a real gran! blush

Now, what do I do with these 9 children that seem to think I am?

NfkDumpling Wed 16-Jan-19 16:51:15

If you cook the oranges for about an hour in the right amount of water you’d use for the recipe and leave them to cool (I do mine the night before), you can then cut them in half and squeeze the juice/remove the pulp easily and the rinds are then soft to slice with a sharp knife or cut with scissors. It obviously makes the process quicker the next day.

The oranges sort of implode a bit, but don’t worry, they’re fine. I can’t remember if its a Delia or Mary Berry hint, but it works wonderfully.

I’m another to cut down on the amount of sugar - by about a quarter.

Grammaretto Wed 16-Jan-19 22:37:36

NfkDumpling it predates Delia. I think I first saw this in Georgina Horley, Good Food on a Budget which I still use.

Gonegirl Wed 16-Jan-19 22:49:02

Use a liquidiser. Quarter the oranges and put in liquidiser with water from recipe. Chonk it up for a few seconds. Repeat till all oranges done. Continue as recipe. Makes the chunky kind of marmalade.

Or buy from local church 'fayres'. (My current method)

BradfordLass72 Wed 16-Jan-19 23:47:00

We can't get Mamade here but I buy a jar of el cheapo marmalade and melt it with grated orange rind then bung it back in the jar.

Purpledaffodil Thu 17-Jan-19 09:56:21

My dear late father used to make wonderful marmalade, cutting the peel with a sharp knife. Perhaps as Maw suggests it is a man thing?

Elegran Thu 17-Jan-19 10:58:55

Food processor. Freeze oranges, partly defrost so that they can be cut but are still firm enough to handle while you cut them into eighths or chunks. Cook fruit (not as long as recipe as the freezing softens them) Whizz in processor until the peel is the size you want, then put in preserving pan with the sugar and boil up.

I take out the pips while cutitng into chunks. I used to tie them in muslin and add etc etc,but when I forgot to do it once the marmalade was no worse, so I stopped.

grandtanteJE65 Thu 17-Jan-19 12:51:17

I use my slicing machine after cutting the fruit in half and cutting the rounded edge of at the back where the safety guard holds the fruit.

It's a bit of a faff as the fruit tends to slip, which means turning off the machine before setting the fruit back upright again.

If I slice by hand I steep the fruit for two or three days before boiling it.

Farmor15 Thu 17-Jan-19 15:50:39

Years ago I got a bean and peel slicer for Kenwood chef, which is great for marmalade and runner beans. There are different size cutting wheels. But the food processor method gives good results, with chopped instead of sliced peel- tastes the same🙂