Archive for February, 2018

What if you could skip all the hard parts and just use the blender to chop your citrus fruit for marmalade? I tried it with oranges and although the taste is great, there is a creamy look rather than the clear jelly you get with boiling, straining and thin slicing the peel. Here’s the recipe I used.

Blender Orange Marmalade


  • 1.5 kg oranges
  • 1.5 litres water
  • 1 kg sugar


  1. Cut your oranges into quarters and remove any pips you can see and the hard stem ends.
  2. Put them in a big pot with the water and gently boil for an hour until the skins and fruit are soft.
  3. Blitz it all with your blender stick until minced as finely as you want it.
  4. Add the sugar and stir over heat until dissolved. Bring to the boil again for another 45 mins (stir occassionally so it doesn’t burn). Then remove from heat and stir for 5 mins.
  5. Sterilize your jars and lids, fill your jars with hot marmalade and screw lids down.
  6. Leave for two weeks to thicken and set. It doesn’t set like jelly marmalade but is the consistency of a thick jam. The flavour is slightly bitter but in orange marmalade that’s not a bad thing.

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Just when I should have dug the garlic this year the rain came down and the mature cloves sat in wet, sticky mud. Two weeks later than they should have been dug, there came a fine few days to dig it. There was so much mud still sticking to them that I went against the rules and blasted all the mud off with the hose. To help it dry quickly I pegged each garlic onto the clothes line and let them wind dry for a few days until the rain came again. For a month they sat in the garage, spread out on chicken wire laid over the top of my clothes drier frames. After a month of hot, hot days they were all dry and today I plaited them ready for storage following this guy’s youtube clip. His was simple to follow so long as you got the first three garlics positioned right.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqqgLJx_1rQ

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A few had rot spots that I rubbed off

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Getting a trim and a quick tidy

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If you start right it will be fine!

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From the back

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63 garlics plaited up

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