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How to Make Valencia Orange Marmalade

How to Make Valencia Orange Marmalade

Valencia orange marmalade adds brightness and delicious orange flavor to any number of breads and dishes. Here is how to make the orange marmalade yourself!

Have you ever tasted the awesomeness that is orange marmalade?

Do you know what marmalade is? Marmalade is a fruit spread made from citrus fruits that include the rind, the fruit, and the juice. 

Unlike jams, which do not use the rind.

Marmalades take a bit more work than jams, but they are worth it. They have a unique texture. The small bits of rind in the marmalade provides a soft "bite" when eaten, along with a bit of tangy brightness. 

If you haven't tried orange marmalade, follow this recipe and delight your taste buds!

How to Make Valencia Orange Marmalade

What you will need:

  • 2 pounds Valencia Oranges
  • 6 cups of water
  • 6 cups of sugar
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 10 (1/2 pint) canning jars with seals and lids
  • A candy thermometer or deep-fry thermometer

First, Prepare the Orange Peels for Cooking

  1. Use a vegetable brush to thoroughly clean the outside of the oranges.
  2. Use a vegetable peeler to peel the outer rind off the Valencia oranges, taking care to not go too deep so you don't also get the pith (the white part). 
  3. Cut the peels into short juliennes.
  4. Place the prepared peels into an 8-quart stainless steel saucepan.
  5. Cover the peels with enough water to cover them by one-inch.
  6. Over high heat, bring the peels to a boil.
  7. Boil for 10 minutes, then drain.
  8. Repeat the 10 minute boiling process (steps 5-7) one more time. 

Prepare Your Canning Jars

To sterilize your canning jars and equipment, simply do the following:

  1. Fill your canning jar bath or a very large pot (at least 12-quart) with your canning equipment. This includes your canning jars, rings, lids, tongs, ladle and canning funnel (if you have one).
  2. Cover with enough water so that one-inch of water is above everything.
  3. Bring the water to a boil.
  4. Allow the water to boil for at least 10 minutes.
  5. Turn off the heat, but leave the bath/pot on the burner.
  6. Leave everything in the bath/pot until you are ready to fill them with the marmalade.

Prepare the Marmalade

  1. Slice the peeled oranges; discard the seeds.
  2. Place the cut up oranges and lemon juice into the 8-quart stainless steel pot with the rind.
  3. Bring the fruit to a boil, then add the sugar.
  4. Cook over medium heat, stirring continuously until the mixture reaches 222 degrees Fahrenheit on your thermometer. [see note below]
  5. Turn off the heat.

Step 4 will take approximately 15-25 minutes.  Do not leave the stove during this time. You may need to adjust the temperature down so the fruit does not boil over.

Note: To keep the peel from sinking in the marmalade, let the marmalade cool for 5 minutes before spooning it into your jars.

Canning the Marmalade

Carefully remove your canning equipment from the bath/pot, placing everything onto a clean kitchen towel with the jars racing upright. 

Fill your canning jars with the Valencia Orange Marmalade, leaving 1/4-inch empty headspace at the top of each jar. Use a clean towel to wipe off any marmalade that may have spilled onto the sides of the jars.

Once the jars are sealed, return them to your canning bath/pot. Make sure the jars are covered by at least an inch of water. Bring the jars to a boil and let everything boil for at least 15 minutes.

Carefully remove all the jars from the bath/pot. Place them onto a kitchen towel to cool for 24 hours. After that, the jars can be opened immediately, or they can be stored somewhere cool and dark for up to 6 months.

Once opened, the marmalade must be refrigerated.

How to Use Your Orange Marmalade

Of course, orange marmalade is wonderful as a topping on all kinds of toast, biscuits, crackers, croissants, and English muffins. 

But it can also be used in desserts, such as in between layers of cake or the topping on a cake

Consider Growing Your Own Valencia Orange Tree

To be sure you have access to your very own, perfectly ripe Valencia Oranges  (or other citrus fruit) for your orange marmalade and other recipes, consider growing your own Valencia orange tree.

For more information about citrus fruits, citrus trees, and their care, check out our blog!

3 Red Grapefruit Recipes to Be Grateful For

Red Grapefruit Recipes

Cooking with red grapefruit is a delight. Here are some of the best red grapefruit recipes to try out, including delicious and healthy pie, salad, and bread!

Grapefruit is an awesome and delicious fruit that has loads of great health benefits.

These citrus fruits are jam-packed full of vitamins and nutrients that are essential to daily life

However, it can be difficult to integrate this superfruit into recipes. That's why we are going to show you 3 delicious recipes that include red grapefruit. 

Let's jump right in!

Red Grapefruit Meringue Pie

If you are a fan of lemon meringue pie like many people are, you are going to love this grapefruit spin. 

Ingredients you will need include:

  • 2 Cups of red grapefruit juice
  • 1 1/3 Cups of your sweetener of choice (sugar, xylitol, monk fruit, etc...)
  • 1/3 Cup cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp of butter
  • 1/2 Tsp of lemon extract
  • 3 Large eggs
  • 1/4 Tsp cream of tartar

You'll start by adding either your homemade dough or storebought dough into your 9-inch pie pan. From there, you will begin mixing your meringue ingredients into a large bowl. 

It's important that you separate your egg yolks and whites, as the whites are for the meringue and the yolks are for the filling. Beat your meringue to a whip. 

In a saucepan, bring your sweetener, grapefruit juice, cornstarch, butter, lemon extract, and egg yolks to a simmer and add in 3/4 cup of water. 

Add these ingredients to the pie pan, first filling then meringue, and put the pie into an oven pre-heated to 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. 

Enjoy!

Avocado Grapefruit Salad

There's nothing quite like a refreshing citrus salad. It's common to add oranges to a salad, but rarer to see grapefruit. This is a great alternative!

You'll need your favorite salad ingredients. We recommend spinach leaves and arugula, but you are the master of your own salad.

Peel and slice your grapefruit and add into a bowl with 1 or 2 tbsp of your choice of sweetener to take some of the bitterness of raw grapefruit. 

Mix up your greens with some walnuts, thinly sliced onion, and avocado. Put the grapefruit slices on top and drizzle over the remaining juices from the bowl. 

And there you have it! An extremely refreshing and healthy salad that can be a mean of its own or a side dish. 

Grapefruit Poppy Seed Bread

This bread is incredible and everyone in your family will absolutely love it! 

Here are the ingredients you will need:

  • 1 Cup of softened butter
  • 2 Cups of flour
  • 1-2/3 Cups of your choice of sweetener
  • 1 Tsp of salt
  • 1/2 Tsp of baking powder
  • 3 Large eggs
  • 3/4 Cup of vanilla yogurt
  • 3 Tbsp of poppy seeds
  • 1/4 Cup of grapefruit juice
  • 2 Tbsp of grapefruit zest
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Start by pre-heating your oven to 350 degrees and grease your 9 by 5-inch loaf pan. Add to a large bowl all of your ingredients one at a time, beating between each.

Once you've got all ingredients mixed together, add to your loaf pan and put it into the oven for 55 minutes to an hour. 

Let cool, slice, and enjoy!

Add Grapefruit to Your Diet Today

Grapefruit is a powerful citrus that can make a huge impact on your overall health. Adding some red grapefruit to your diet can boost your energy, improve your immune system, and it tastes delicious!

Try out some of these recipes to integrate grapefruit into your daily meals and you will be glad that you did. 

Want to grow your own grapefruit? Check out this article on growing Rio Red grapefruits in containers

Then, try out one of our fast-growing Rio Red grapefruit trees for sale online right here at US Citrus and delivered to your door!

3 Best Recipes Involving Blood Oranges

3 Best Recipes with Blood Oranges

Blood oranges are delicious on their own or as ingredients in other dishes. Here are some of the top blood orange recipes to try, including drinks and food!

Did you know blood oranges have flavors of raspberry hints and citrus notes?

Do you have a bunch of blood oranges and are wondering what to do with them? Not to worry! In this article, we’ll go over some simple and fun recipes to try.

Want to learn more? Keep reading to find out!

Recipes for Blood Oranges

Blood oranges have been popular in Italy and Spain for centuries. They are now cultivated in the US. Look for blood oranges at your grocery store from December to May. The Moro variety is available from December to March.

Make a Blood Orange Drink

You can make a delicious drink with vodka and blood-orange juice. You’ll need flaky sea salt, two lime slices, ice, and three tablespoons of fresh blood-orange juice.

Make sure you have one twist from the peel to use as a garnish. You’ll also want two tablespoons of tomato juice and one and a half ounces of tequila.

Run the cut side of one of your lime slices around the rim of your glass. Dip the rim in salt and then fill it with ice.

Add your tequila and juices. Drop a few dashes of hot sauce and stir once. Garnish with your twist, lime slices, and a bit of black pepper. Check out these other tasty citrus cocktails.

Blood Orange Fish

For this dish, you’ll need one chopped blood orange, half a cup of cubed avocado, and a third cup of chopped red onion.

Mince two teaspoons of red jalapeno and squeeze two teaspoons of fresh lime juice. You’ll also need two teaspoons of olive oil and two six ounce mahi-mahi fillets.

Add avocado, onion, jalapeno, lime juice, and oranges to a bowl. Stir to blend and season the salsa with salt. Heat the oil in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat.

Sprinkle your fish with pepper and salt. Add the fish to the skillet. Saute until cooked through and brown, around five minutes for each side. Place your fillets on two plates. Spoon your salsa over the fish and serve.

Blood Orange Chicken

For this dish, you’ll need four boneless skinless chicken breasts. Halve all four. Juice two blood oranges and mince half an onion. Chop three cloves of garlic and juice three more blood oranges.

Set aside three tablespoons of olive oil and one tablespoon of butter. You'll also need three-quarter cups of chicken stock. Chop one teaspoon of fresh parsley and set aside three tablespoons of dry white wine.

In a baking dish, sprinkle the juice of two blood oranges over chicken. Marinate for 24 hours. Drain and discard the unused marinade. Pour the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Season the chicken breasts with pepper and salt.

Brown chicken on both sides. It will take around four minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil.

Melt butter in a cleaned skillet over medium heat and add your onion and garlic. This will take around five minutes. Stir in juice of three blood oranges, white wine, parsley, and chicken stock. Bring this mixture to a boil.

Return chicken breasts to the skillet and lower the heat. Simmer until it’s no longer pink inside. This could take up to seven minutes. Plate your chicken and drizzle the pan juice over the meat. 

Want to Learn More?

We hope you found these recipes for blood oranges helpful. Have fun making some flavorful dishes with your blood oranges.

Want to learn more? Consider purchasing your own blood orange tree.

5 Best Kaffir Lime Fruit Recipes to Try

Best Kaffir Lime Recipes

The Kaffir lime is an exotic citrus fruit that adds a punch of flavor to any food palate. Move over key limes. These kaffir lime recipes are simply delicious!

These small round citrus fruits are taking over the North American culinary scene. 

The intoxicating aroma of the Kaffir lime will have you reaching for its leaves for nearly every meal. Read below to discover our 5 best kaffir lime recipes.

5 Top Kaffir Lime Recipes

This Southeast Asian fruit is more than just a great house plant. It also has many medicinal benefits.

The following recipes use kaffir limes as the central ingredient, making it more than just a garnish for dishes.

Kaffir Lime Curd

Curds are great as jams or can be used as a base for pies and similar desserts. This recipe doesn't require many ingredients and is easy to make. This kaffir lime curd will last you up to two weeks.

 Ingredients:

  • 4 Kaffir Limes
  • 3/4 Cup of Sugar
  • Kaffir Lime Zest (1 lime)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1/2 Cup of Butter (shaved) 
  1. Lightly grate the zest into a heatproof bowl or double boiler.
  2. Juice 4 limes into the bowl with the zest.
  3. Add the sugar and butter to the mixture. Add water to the bottom pot and bring to a simmer. 
  4. Stir the mixture until the sugar is dissolved and the butter is melted.
  5. Whisk the eggs and slowly pour them into the heated mixture. 
  6. Whisk the mixture for 5-10 minutes or until it turns into a thick gel. 
  7. Transfer the curd into a clean jar. Allow it to cool before sealing.

Kaffir Lime Ice-cream

This sweet treat will have you craving ice-cream all year long.

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 TBSP Kaffir Lime Zest
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 2 Cups of Cream
  • 1/2 Cup of Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract 
  1. Using a mixer, add the sugar and egg and mix until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Add the zest, milk, cream, and extract.
  3. Chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  4. Churn the mixture for about 15-20 minutes before serving.
  5. For a thicker consistency, freeze for 2-4 hours before serving. 

Spicy Kaffir Lime Cashews

 Ingredients:

  • 5 Kaffir Lime Leaves (chopped)
  • 4 Cups Raw Cashews
  • 5 Red Chile Peppers (chopped)
  • 1 1/2 tsp Ground Ancho Chile Pepper
  • 2 TBSP Coconut Oil (melted)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. Add all ingredients to a medium-sized bowl and toss until evenly coated.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Spread cashews evenly on the sheet.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Let cool before serving. 

Mini Kaffir Lime Tarts

 Ingredients:

  • 1 Kaffir Lime (juiced)
  • 1 1/2 Cups of Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 4 Egg Yolks 
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • 14 oz Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese
  • 6 TBSP butter
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Add liners to a 12-count muffin pan.
  2. Mix graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and granulated sugar in a medium bowl. Add 1 TBSP to each liner.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese on high speed with a mixer until smooth. Add egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk, and lime juice.
  4. Pour filling on top of crusts.
  5. Bake for 15-16 minutes.
  6. Cool in refrigerator for 2 hours before serving.

Tangy Kaffir Skewers

Ingredients:

  • 16 Kaffir Leaves
  • 16 Apricot Halves
  • 4 Chicken Thighs (cubed)
  • 3 Spring Onions
  • 2 Kaffir Limes (quartered)
  • 2 TBSP Sweet Chili Sauce
  1. Soak 8-10 bamboo skewers in cold water for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Thread the chicken, kaffir leaves, apricots, lime wedges and spring onions on the skewers.
  3. Cook skewers on the grill until tender.
  4. Brush sweet chili sauce over skewers 5 minutes before removing them from the grill. 

Check out our blog for more fun recipes using Kaffir lime leaves!

Or, try growing your own fresh Kaffir limes with our fast-growing Kaffir lime trees!

Sweetly Sour: 5 Incredible Citrus Desserts To Try This Spring

Citrus Desserts

Are you ready to refresh your palate with some tangy citrus goodness? Try these 5 tasty citrus desserts this spring. They're easy to prepare and delicious!

Citrus fruits are not only pretty, but they’re also good for you. They’re full of antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber.

There’s something special about eating a dessert that you know is benefiting your body in some way at the same time. It kind of feels like cheating.

Ready to brighten up your days with some sweet and sour citrus desserts? Keep reading to discover five that you’ll definitely want to try.

1. Simple Lemon Drizzle Cake

If you’re in the mood for a lemon dessert without a lot of trouble, try out this easy lemon drizzle cake recipe. It’s so simple that it only requires five ingredients to make. This would be a good one for your kids to help with too.

It’s great for those who are looking for not-too-sweet-desserts. And, who doesn’t love cakes for dessert?

2. Orange Citrus Tart

Imagine a crisp buttery crust filled with a tart center and topped with sliced blood oranges. Is your mouth watering yet? This orange dessert is guaranteed to hit the spot.

3. Mini Key Lime Pies: No Baking Required

In the mood for key lime and a little cuteness? We’ve got just the recipe for you.

There’s no baking required and these little babies are super simple to make. You can’t go wrong with the graham cracker, cream cheese, and key lime combination.

You may have seen a few mini key lime pie recipes around the web, but most of them take a whopping 3–4 hours to make! Ain’t nobody got time for that. 20 minutes sounds much better.

These are great for kids or for bringing to a cook-out. Their small size makes them the perfect finger food.

4. Lemon-Blueberry Smash

If you’re looking for cold lemon desserts to bring to a potluck or family gathering, try this lemon-blueberry icebox cake. Since it’s not a typical flour-based cake, there’s no baking required.

It features layers of tangy lemon pudding, cool whip, and graham crackers. It looks as fancy as it tastes.

5. Lemon Bars Without the Gluten

Sensitive to gluten? Enjoy delicious lemon bars anyway. Our last recipe recommendation is for those of you that need a gluten-free option.

These delicate beauties are so close to the real thing that even your guests won’t be able to tell that they’re gluten-free.

Citrus Desserts for the Win: Your Turn

Time to get out your apron and mixing bowl. Next, to bake or not to bake is the question. Try out our top picks in citrus desserts and let us know what you think.

Love cooking with citrus fruits? Why not plant your own citrus tree?

If you need help deciding which are best suited for your location, click the little message icon in the corner. We’d love to help!