I love marmalade...when I'm in a restaurant I've been known to search through every jam packet on the table for the little marmalade beauties. It's totally a bonus if I find more than one, and if there's none at my table I'm not above searching any and probably every unoccupied table near mine. Seriously, I should just carry my own jar! Hehe.
To make my marmalade, I use the recipe in the Barefoot Contessa at Home cookbook. It's AMAZING! Well, I love anything from the Barefoot Contessa, but I'll save my love for her for another day...today, it's about the marmalade.
I was surprised at how easy this is to make - oranges and lemons, sugar and water...that's it. I think the hardest thing is cutting the fruit thin enough. The first time I made it, I didn't do a very good job, but I just ran it through the food processor each time I would open a jar. I think I did much better this time around.
And then you get this - yes, magnificent!
I paired jars of marmalade and jam to put together a sweet gift. My goal in packaging was to do something rustic and wintery and something that would show off the sparkling jars. These little wooden berry baskets were perfect! I found them at the local Tractor Supply store (more on that another day, too).