My camera is acting up today, and I am afraid it is slowly losing the fight against advanced age. It is about 7 years old now, and has always been a good little camera. I tried hard to never drop it, which was hard because I am not the world’s most coordinated person, but I succeeded. Maybe after the camera recharges and rests for awhile I can get some pictures to show.
I don’t like marmalade much, and now that I am allergic to citrus rind, I won’t eat it anyway, but I am interested in making some to give as gifts. I have an orange tree, and an anemic lemon tree, but my brother gave me a bag of lovely lemons, so today I am going to give the marmalade a try. That’s the nice thing about living in the West – the lovely organic citrus in just about every yard. The oranges on our tree have always been very sour, but they might make good marmalade, and I can substitute the juice for lemon juice in an emergency. I also found a link to this recipe,
which sounds similar to one that was popular when I was newly married, only that one used apricot jam.
There’s no sense going to all the trouble of getting out the canning pot and doing all the dish washing for just one batch of jam, so I may as well do a few batches of plum jam too. I need the room in the freezer. I chop up the plums and store them in the freezer every summer to wait for cooler jam-making weather.
Yesterday I made my usual visit to the thrift store in Sebastopol. It is a lovely drive in the spring, and the new lambs were in the fields with their shorn moms, the cows were sitting down in the slight rain, and a flock of Canada geese were all over another field. The almonds are blooming and the fields were full of mustard flowers. I found lots of old knitting and crochet books, a few patterns, and some pretty long lengths of fabric to use for muslins or little girl dresses.
UPDATE: Well, making marmalade is quite a production, isn’t it? There’s a lot of peeling off the rind, taking off the pith, chopping the fruit and peel, and watching for seeds – quite a bit different from plum jam where you just wash and pit the plums and toss them into the food processor for a quick chop. I did two batches of plum jam, too, so the final count is 7 half pints of marmalade and 9 pints of plum jam. The camera decided to cooperate.