Let me paint a picture for you:
A fruit you love comes into season. You find it all over the place – from local trees to your grocery store – but, then, as quickly as it arrived it is gone. The season is over.
At the heart of it, this is a story about nature itself. Everything has a season and everything comes to an end, but what if you want the good times to roll on a bit longer? One way we can keep the our favorite fruits around longer is to preserve them.
When I was a kid, there was an amazing tangerine tree right on the side of my house. When it bore fruit there were hundreds to be eaten, and I still remember my Saturday mornings being dominated by cartoons and dozens of tangerines – beginning my love of citrus.
So, one of the first things I preserved were oranges. And, this time around, I’m making an orange & tangerine jam!
- Orange & Tangerine Jam
- Six oranges
- Six tangerines
- Two lemons
- 3/4 cup of Sugar
- 2 tablespoons Vanilla Extract
- 1/3 cup Tapioca Starch
- 1/3 cup cold or lukewarm Water
- First, gather about six oranges, six tangerines and two lemons
- Peel them all. Yes, even the two lemons
- Cut them along the width, giving you several thin discs of citrus from each fruit
- Save the seeds for planting, or trading ;)
- Put all the cut fruit into a large pot. Cook on high for about 6 minutes, then turn off heat.
- Add 3/4 cup of sugar and 2 tablespoons vanilla extract to the pot and stir in thoroughly.
- Put 1/3 cup Tapioca Starch in a separate bowl. Add 1/3 cup cold or lukewarm water and stir until the mixture is milky with no clumps.
- Slowly pour the tapioca starch mixture into the cooked fruit and stir thoroughly.
- You're done! Now just pour into jars and enjoy!
If you want to increase the bitterness of the jam (like marmalade), set aside some orange/tangerine peel to cook with the fruit. Chop the peel into small pieces.
Cutting the fruit into smaller chunks gives the jam a better consistency.
When removing seeds from the fruit don't worry if you miss some. They will rise to the top during cooking, giving you another chance to remove them.