Thursday, November 3, 2016

Orange marmalade in instant pot

Using April Bloomfield's recipe from her book - The girl and her pig

8 medium size oranges
4 cups sugar (recipe calls for 5)
2 tsp fennel
Wash oranges, in steel insert cover them with water, keep a heavy plate on top so that oranges don't bob up ! Steam for 8 mins, NR. Open lid and let cool.
Remove from water, reserve 2 cups of this water and discard rest. Slice oranges and check rind for bitternesss. The oranges I used did not have any bitterness or seeds inside. So I just mashed them up, added sugar, reserved water, fennel and kept on sauté for 30 mins.
If the rind is bitter then you would need to remove the white pith and also the seeds after slicing the oranges. If the quantity is less you may also use less sugar. Sugar only helps thicken quicker.
The marmalade thickened slightly at this point. Then I kept it on slow cook mode with lid partially open for steam to escape. You could also remove the lid and keep it on slow cook mode for 1.5 to 2 hours.
Once thickened, remove from heat and let cool. Transfer to clean jars and store in the fridge. Will keep for a couple of weeks. My recipe made 4 small jars.

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