Goody Two Shoes Makes Marmalade

Goody Two Shoes Makes Marmalade


Marmalade: Is a fruit preserve made from the juice and peel of citrus fruits boiled with sugar and water. Delicious on toast, adds a zing to cakes and makes a great sauce with chicken.

Every year I make approximately 500 x 1/2 kg jars.  After making 250 jars I am sick of it, my arms ache from squeezing the pip bag and cleaning up the drips from the stove. I continue because the oranges have already been picked and I know the result is good.

Every year I say next year I am making less but I do not.

I first started making marmalade in Jaffa where I worked as a cook, there was an orange tree in the garden and one thing lead to another, this marmalade was made for the Hostel guests.

I upped my production quantity to 500 jars twelve years ago and donated any money generated from selling it to humanitarian aid in Bethlehem.

Until this year it has been a family project, my (then) young boys climbed the trees and shook the oranges down. At home it was 'fend for yourselves' on the food front as I had an obsessive month making the marmalade before the oranges went mouldy.

This year it was just my husband and I. We safely and sensibly used a ladder to get to high oranges. As I write this I am half way through with 250 jars done and I am bored.

Empty jars are collected from generous donors all year round, they are prepared for use, sterilised and stored. A real recycling project.

I like to think of my marmalade as a project that includes everybody.
The oranges are collected from 3 places representing 3 people groups. In the pan it is impossible to tell which oranges are from which area, they all look the same and after the blender that's it!

  1. Bethlehem, there is a tree by the front entrance of the Bible College. I did not use the oranges from it last year due to the excessive tear gas that fell in front of the college, I was worried the oranges might be contaminated.
  2. East Jerusalem Baptist Church, two big trees.
  3. YWCA West, two huge trees either side of the front steps. These oranges are big and juicy.


There are enough oranges to make 5,000 jars from all these trees. I take some from each and mix them together to make something tasty and good.

Wish: One day the peoples from these regions will be able to mix as freely as my oranges, meanwhile I will keep picking, squeezing and boiling.
           
Tags # oranges # marmalade# mixing people together #

 
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