Do you love marmalade? I am not a person who eats jam, but about once a month I love good old peanut butter and marmalade on toast. I avoid it when I am eating out mainly because of the pesticides in the orange rind, but also the sugar. I’ve made this comfort food healthier by buying Ezekiel Bread (all sprouted) and organic peanut butter, and now I am buying organic oranges and dehydrating my own marmalade without the use of white sugar. You can purchase organic marmalades if you can find them, but they do contain sugar. This recipe I found on the internet uses agave, and I used Raw Blue Agave. I have a Excalibur dehydrator so that is what I used, although you could probably dry it in your oven overnight on low. It is very easy, and so good. I also like to serve marmalade on chiffon or angel food cake with whipped cream. Decadent!
Enlist the help of a friend to grate the orange rind while you make the juice and prepare the orange sections. What fun!
Organic Orange Marmalade
7 organic oranges, well scrubbed or whatever number is needed to make
1 cup grated orange rind or zest. A zester makes the product too small so use a grater.
1 cup organic orange juice
1 cup organic orange sections
1 cup Raw Blue Agave
Few saffron leaves
Makes 2 jars, 1 cup each.
1. Grate orange rind to make one cup.
2. Squeeze orange halves to make 1 cup of juice. This will take about ½ of the oranges.
3. Section the remaining oranges and remove the white layer of skin as best you can. Make 1 cup.
4. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
5. Choose a stainless or glass pan, and line with parchment paper to cover the bottom and up the sides.
6. Place mixture on top of parchment paper.
7. Cover mixture with another layer of parchment paper so it lies flat on top of the mixture.
8. Dehydrate at 135 degrees for 16 to 17 hours.
9. Spoon thickened mixture into glass jars and refrigerate until cool, then cover with tight fitting lid.
Wow, this is so good you’ll be making cakes just to use the marmalade!
Author, Speaker & Registered Nutritional Consultant