Gin & Lime Marmalade

EQUIPMENT ALERT

Gin and lime. Classic firm-set marmalade that’s a frosty morning delight on hot buttered toast.

In typical Big Potatoes form, what we’ve done here is taken the quantities from one recipe and applied the same method as the aperol and red grapefruit marmalade to them. To stunning effect if we do say so ourselves. Keepin’ it simple, eh.

2½ hrs | makes just over 6 x 250g jars | a little effort

Tip: Limes can be tricky juiciness wise. Pop them in a bowl of warm water and roll them before juicing to help them release their juice.

Ingredients 

700g limes 
1 lemon
1.4kg jam sugar 

70ml gin
equipment:
up to 8 x 250g jars, sterilised – with about 20mins cooking time to go
muslin and kitchen string
your third largest pan with lid (if making all 3 marmalades in one day)
a digital thermometer is very handy if you have one 

Method

Stage 1. Peel the lime zests with a peeler and cut into thin shreds. Juice the limes and  lemon and strain the juice into a large pan, retaining the flesh and pips. Cut the empty fruit shells in half and peel away the squeezed-out flesh from the pith. Discard the pith, and put the fleshy membrane, along with the flesh and pips strained out of the juice, into a piece of muslin. Gather up the corners and tie up with kitchen string. Add this to the pan along with the shredded zest and 1.25 litres of water.

Bring to the boil, then turn down to a simmer, put on the lid and cook for 1 hour, til the zest is soft.

Tip: Put a small plate in the freezer to get cold. A good test for when the marmalade is ready is to drop a small amount onto the plate and if it wrinkles when you press your finger into it it’s ready. If it doesn’t, keep going!

Stage 2. Remove the muslin bag from the liquid, put in a sieve over the pan. Once it’s cool enough to handle with marigolds, squeeze as much juice as you can into the pan.

Add the sugar to the pan and cook over a fairly low heat until the sugar is dissolved, giving it the odd stir. Once dissolved, bring to the boil and bubble until it reaches a temperature of 105°C and/or the cold plate test wrinkles up.

You’ll find if using a thermometer, that above 100°C the temperature rises by 0.5°C at a time and often decreases again on it’s way up to 105°C and it takes a while. I like to let it reach 105.5°C before proceeding.

Let the mixture cool for 10 minutes, then stir in the gin. Divide between sterilised jars and seal.

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Ingredients came from Feeding Boys and a FireFighter recipe, using the same method as the aperol and red grapefruit recipe from Olive magazine.

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