Homemade Carrot Marmalade

paddington-bear-carrot-marmaladeA Traditional Marmalade With A Carrot Twist

 

Marmalade sandwiches anyone?
Well this year has been a huge success in our household with canning and I really, really got into the swing of it to my surprise.

I have done some canning before but not to the extent of nearly filling an entire pantry full of goodies to last til next year.

 

Free food offerings

 

People were coming out of everywhere offering me free, yes free fruit and veg because they couldn’t keep up with how much their garden was producing.

I know Mr.CBB says he gives away crab apples because the tree on his property is overflowing every year and they hate to see the apples rot.

There’s not a year that’s gone by that we haven’t given most or all the apples away or used them to make our own crab apple jelly or apple butter – CBB

Now you tell me who’s not going to say yes please to free fruits and vegetables if someone were to hand you a basket full of nutritious foods.

I know I would struggle to say no because I enjoy being in the kitchen as it’s a passion of mine to feed my family the best I can of the highest quality that I can with-in our grocery budget.

So now I had a kitchen full of beets, cucumbers and most of all carrots just waiting for me to make something magical with them.

I pickled the beets and cucumbers which my family loves but I was stuck on what I should do with all the carrots I had on hand. I do not waste food which means I will make sure that every last bit gets used up in the kitchen in some form or another.

I froze some of the carrots (yes you can freeze carrots) but there was still an abundance of them on my kitchen work-top and there aren’t many carrot recipes that I know of so I needed to think outside the box.

Since I am the creative type in the kitchen my mind got to work on a new recipe for my family and now for all the Canadian Budget Binder Fans.

Instantly I thought I would make a marmalade because we love it. I have made marmalade before but not with this amazingly simple twist.

What did I do? Well…. I simply mixed the carrots with orange to come up with this wonderful marmalade. Wait, honestly I added carrots. What better way to use up fresh carrots than in a marmalade recipe.

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Marmalade history

 

Here are a couple of the most important quick tidbits about marmalade that I think are very important.

Scotland is credited with the discovery of marmalade and even took it with them to Nova Scotia when they went on the big migration. Now another very important fact is that a special bear in the UK loves his marmalade sandwiches.

Do you know who this special bear is?

That special bear is none other than the iconic Paddington Bear a well loved bear who was adapted into books and a TV series in the UK. Everywhere Paddington Bear went he made sure he was well stocked with marmalade sandwiches in his bag.

That memory of Paddington Bear takes me back home reading and watching him on the TV after school and of course eating marmalade sandwiches. This carrot marmalade recipe is really easy for anybody to create especially if it’s your first time making marmalade.

 

How To Make Carrot Marmalade

 

carrot marmalade

Marmalade with a carrot twist
 
A beautiful easy Carrot Marmalade recipewith a hint of sweetness and a colour burst on anything you use this marmalade on.
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Recipe type: Marmalade with a carrot twist
Ingredients
  • 6 medium carrots
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon rind
  • White Sugar
  • 3 bitter oranges
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Scrape and either dice or grate carrots finely
  2. Cook until tender, drain and dry
  3. Chop oranges. I cheated a bit here and actually whizzed them up in the blender. Quarter them into pieces and blend until they go liquid.
  4. Now combine these with the dried carrots. Add rind and juice of lemon.
  5. At this point you will need another bowl and a measuring cup.
  6. Measure and add ⅔ cup sugar for every cup of mixture that you have just mixed in the bowl.
  7. This is the interesting bit. Let this mixture soak overnight. All the juices from the oranges and carrots will combine to give you a liquid and should have dissolved a lot of the sugar. No pectin here!
  8. Last but not least bring your mixture to a rapid boil and cook until clear and like marmalade.
  9. Makes 7- 250ml jars

While you are in the process of making your marmalade it’s a great time to get your canning jars ready to go so they are nice and warm.
There you have it Carrot Marmalade from my kitchen to yours. I hope this simple marmalade recipe makes its way into your home and into your hearts as a tradition

Enjoy your marmalade sandwiches.

-Nicky!

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Nicola Don
Nicola Don was born in Aberdeen Scotland and lived most of her years in Ellon Aberdeenshire ,Scotland. She is a stay at home mom of three kids to whom she adores and a passionate mom chef at heart. Nicola has been married for 16 years to a wonderful husband. Her family moved from the UK 8 years ago to Ste Anne MB, Canada where they are now permanent residents. Nicola loves to cook and experiment with flavours while creating recipes. She aims to give her family the best food and variety of tastes from all over the world while using fresh ingredients with-in her grocery budget.

Comments

  1. I had no idea you could make marmalade with carrots! Thanks, Nicola, for the great recipe! We just started canning for the first time (except pickles. We’d done pickles in the past) and are very much enjoying the “fruits” of our labor. 🙂

  2. I must try this one, I really do love carrots! I eat carrots daily because my vision is 170/170 and I think eating carrots will help “I hope so” . Now eating carrots with a twist is a great one!

    • Might as well get your carrots any way you can even mixed in a marmalade lol… makes them healthy still lol

  3. Mary F. Campbell says:

    This sounds wonderful Nicola! I love all sorts of marmalade!! Hubby is a die hard for strawberry jam but I prefer a nice marmalade. 😀

  4. Christine Weadick says:

    This looks interesting Nicola!!!! Thank you!! The younger boy and I are looking at this and I just have a couple of quick questions. Is there a particular type of orange that you prefer for this other than just ‘bitter’ ?? And roughly, how long do you cook it for until it clears up for the marmalade?. I make strawberry and raspberry jam every year but I’ve never made a marmalade. Mostly because hubby turns his nose up at marmalade in general, fussfart that he is…..
    As for carrots I make a carrot cake and carrot muffins mostly. I also have a recipe floating around for a Christmas steamed pudding that uses carrots and potato ….. Let me know if you would like me to dig it up. I steamed it in my boiling water canner sitting on the rack. Works nicely, I also grate the carrot and toss into things like pasta sauce and chili to sneak it past a certain fussy one!!! Sh!!! We won’t tell him!!,lol!,

    • Nicola Don says:

      No particular orange as such, but the ones that are in at the monent are perfect and juicy for doing this. Here’s a tip for testing your jam/marmalade. Put a plate in the freezer til cold. Then take a spoonful of jam/marmalade and place on plate if you can pull your finger through and it leaves a clean line behind its ready! Time wise I’d say 10-15 min from the rolling boil hope that helps!!

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