I made orange marmalade today, go me ;-) my first attempt at jam and canning!
All went well, it jelled beautifully, yeild was great, flavour is heavenly, sweetness is perfect... but, its got a VERY bitter aftertaste... is that normal? Can i make adjustments to the recipe next time to reduce the bitterness?
My recipe said:
6 oranges, peels sliced, fruit chopped. I used australian Navel, no seeds and thinner skin (It didnt say to remove the pith, so i didnt.)
6 cups water
It also said 2 lemons, but i didnt have any so added 1tsp citric acid instead.
I cooke the oranges in water with tge acid for 5 mins, then let stand overnight.
Next day i boil for 45mins until peel is soft. Then add sugar, return to boil, boil till jelled (tested on a saucer).
Then poured into jars and process.
Pretty basic huh..? Would removing the pith reduce the bittrrness? Or is there something else i dont know about?