Another orange post!
January 13, 2021 11:15am CST
No not an overdose of squashes this time, but in contrast a lack of oranges! I have almost reached the bottom of my last jar of marmalade. This is a crisis! Normally I make a batch of marmalade and it is enough to last a couple of years. The jar in the picture says 2017. The current jar I’m just finishing was made in January 2019. I don’t eat a huge amount but I do like marmalade on my morning toast now and then, and nothing else will do. No other type of preserve has that particular mix of sweet and bitter flavours, and no shop-bought marmalade is quite right. There are some nice ones available, but I still prefer my home-made ‘brand’. The special Seville oranges necessary are only available for a short period in January/February. The problem is that of course we are staying at home as much as possible, so I don’t want to go out and just scout around all the supermarkets just for that. And if I wait until we need a big grocery shop I might miss them! I’ve tried looking online but all the usual places say ‘unavailable’ or ‘out of stock’. Somewhat strangely, Amazon claim to have them, but I try to avoid buying from them if I can. Meanwhile someone on Ebay is trying to sell them for about five times the regular price. Hope I find some soon or I will have to wait an entire marmalade-free year! All rights reserved. © Text and image copyright Fleur 2021.
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• Newport, Oregon
We've been experiencing shortages on a regular basis, not that many products but some surprising ones. Peanut butter, limits on how much beef or other meats we can buy. No paper products available, (toilet tissue, facial tissues, or hand towels) hand, dish, and laundry soaps and other cleaning supplies. Some of this one expects when everyone is trying to stay squeaky clean to avoid the virus, but peanut butter ??? You'll probably need to phone your local stores to see if they have what you need or can get it. We discovered an interesting phenomenon with one big store chain. Their website shows they have a product but when one orders it, it isn't available when we show up to pick up our order. An employee explained that the company would post they had the product as soon as it was loaded on the truck for delivery to the store, Never mind it might take days for the truck to arrive and be unloaded and product stocked on the shelf.
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I like jam and make it myself, too, but not marmalade. This mixture of sweet and bitter you like so much doesn't appeal to me. Obviously, one must be British to like it. When one goes to England and stays in hotels or boarding houses, one only ever gets marmalade.
• United Kingdom
Apparently it's going out of fashion. Maybe the adoption of chocolate with everything has overtaken such traditional flavours (like liquorice as well). I love it though, I'd much rather have marmalade than chocolate spread on my toast! I have also given jars to friends only to find that within a day they had eaten the lot, straight out of the jar with a spoon!
• United States
I've never tried marmalade... *shrug* I rarely eat jams or jellies, though. I used to make strawberry preserves but haven't bothered in years. I buy a jar from Walmart when I want some... and then when I want some more, I find it has started to mold in the jar. *sigh* (Pretty won't eat strawberry preserves. Now you know why I quit making it.) I'm glad to see you found some of the oranges you need to make your next batch.
• El Paso, Texas
I do a lot of online shopping for food and found a link to your oranges:
• United Kingdom
No, I just don't agree with the way they are taking over the world, driving smaller retailers out of business by undercutting their prices then when shops have all closed and there are no other jobs, taking on staff for low wages and poor conditions.
• United States
oh no! i hope yer able to find some soon, hon. i'd not wish 'em ordered either coz once they 'rrive yer kinda schtuck with 'em. quite oft not ripened 'n the flavor 'off'. i 'gree with ya'n the store bought schtuff, 'tis ne'er quite the same's that'cha made'n put'p yerself. i shall keep fingers crossed fer ya!
I really hope you find the fruit you're looking for, I know that feeling of not getting a good orange marmalade, I've tried several kinds but the only one I've liked is the smuckers one lol. That's because I don't know how to prepare it myself without it tasting sour bc of the peel. Still yours looks very delicious!