Do you remember Home Ec. class? I do! I couldn't wait to start cooking. Unfortunately I didn't learn much since my Jr. High class was only 1 semester! When I got married, I was glad I wasn't the only one that didn't know how to cook! Together, my husband and I, tackled the new frontier of cooking. Hopefully I will spare my future sons and daughter-in-laws and my children will know how to cook! Thus, home EC at my house! A little cooking lesson here and a little cooking lesson there. All my kids love making jellies! So take heart if you have never tackled this before - it's pretty easy! (And you'll appear you have some cooking skills:)
basically you can use any type of material that acts like a sieve. You can buy one or make your own out of cheesecloth like our grandmothers did in the old days! I couldn't find one here very easily so I just used a new tube sock and tied a knot at the end. Some fruit has more pectin in it then others. (pectin is what makes your marmalade thick and jelly like) In my case we have yellow grapefruits which did not have much pectin and were very bitter. I used a lot of sugar and added the Maracuja peels to the pectin bag which was a perfect combination.
I used 2 inches of ginger root. I peeled the the outer skin off with a potato peeler and shredded it. I then added it to the pot!
Passin Fruit (Maracuja):
This is an amazing fruit with tons of health properties. I love it because it helps stabilize my hormones:) If you can find this fruit fresh you just need to cut it open and scoop out the fruit and seeds inside. You may also be able to find it canned or frozen concentrated? I would love to hear how you are able to find it where you are!
Any citrus fruit will do. ****You absolutely need to try to eliminate as much pith (white part) from your marmalade - as it makes it very bitter****
Just print out the amount that you need and cut them out. Ideally a scalloped circle punch. The next best would be scalloped scissors. Or you can do what I did and cut them out by hand:) I then hot glued them - dot, dot, not a lot:) They turned out super cute! Click on any of the pictures to download your labels and recipe!