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April 11, 2008 7:58 AM

Weekend project: Makin' Marmalade. Easy, schmeasy

Posted by Nancy Leson

You never know what riches you'll find at Big John's PFI. On a recent foray, I came across a can of Hartley's Ma Made Thick Cut Seville Oranges, stamped with the words "Just Add Sugar and Water." On closer inspection, it promised "6 Lbs of Delicious Homemade Marmalade in Just 30 Minutes" for $9.50.

And that's when I started to do the math. My husband, Mr. Toast, had been going through expensive orange marmalade at an alarming rate. He's tried 'em all:

Including these popular store-bought brands:

The only marmalade he was really crazy for was the homemade one I hand-carried from the Beth's Farm Kitchen stand in NYC's Union Square Greenmarket a few years back. It was so good, we started mail-ordering it from Beth. And because I know she's not growing those oranges in Stuyvesant Falls, NY, it dawned on me that maybe, just maybe, I can make my own. And maybe, if I was lucky, it would be almost as good as hers.

So, I did. First, "Ma" gathered up the necessities:

And then Ma got to work:

Here's a close-up of the finished product:

And here's the full quid: Nice, huh?

Mr. Toast thinks so. Here's "Pa" this morning, literally enjoying the fruits of Ma's labor:

Kodi, lounging nearby, was far less excited:

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