Country Tails

October 17, 2016

Marmalade with Chase Vodka 

3 oranges
900g sugar
700ml Chase Vodka
6 sterilized jars

To begin, halve and juice the oranges. Scoop out the pulp and tie it up in a muslin cloth. Measure 1 litre of water into a bowl and add the vodka, the juice, shredded skin and wrapped pulp and leave to soak for 24 hours (this intensifies the flavour and reduces the cooking time).
When ready, place the ingredients, into a heavy-based pan. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil then turn down the heat and simmer for 2 hours, until the peel has become very soft. Carefully remove the muslin bag, allow to cool slightly, then return the contents to the mix. There should now be 775g of mixture. If there is less, add water to make up the difference and then return the mix to the pan. Add the sugar and boil for 10 minutes. To check the marmalade is ready, take it off the heat and spoon a small amount onto a plate and put it in the freezer. After two minutes you should be able to push the marmalade from the freezer with your finger. If the surface wrinkles and it holds its form, then it’s ready. If it doesn’t, return the pan to the heat for two minutes and
check again. Continue this process until it achieves the desired effect. Once ready, carefully spoon the mixture into the jam jars, seal and leave to cool.