Then, I tried a slightly bitter, not-too-sweet, homemade marmalade from my badminton student's dad in Iceland. Wow! Game On! I just had to try to make my own variation, with Seville oranges, instead of sweet oranges and grapefruit. Also, I wanted to process the marmalade in a food-safe way. That means more sugar, and some boiling-water canning.
Luckily, our amazing local market has a "citrus fest" in February, with over a dozen different kinds of oranges. This was the first time I ever got to see a Seville orange.
A Seville orange is small, really small. They are firm, bitingly-sour, bitter, and full of seeds. Look how little fruit flesh is in one orange. The seeds in this juicer are from only one orange. Every orange had one segment with at least eight, full-sized seeds. It took me over an hour to process only eight oranges. I can process a normal orange in a couple minutes.
That's why I bought over a dozen Seville's, when the recipe only called for 5 normal oranges.
Oranges and lemons processed, crappy Pomona-brand pectin thrown out, Ball Realfruit Pectin ready, my DIY jar holder, two different kinds of jar tongs, 8 oz canning jars...we are ready to go!
Unlike my previous attempt, orange-flavored hockey pucks, this turned out great!