I love when you can do things in stages, like the 5 minutes a Day Artisan Bread. http://embracingcreativity.com/blog/2012/01/03/baking-bread-in-5-minutes-a-day/.
This Citrus marmalade, tangerine, orange, and lemon, is a great example. I looked up several recipes and most recommended that you cut the fruit, simmer it and then let it set overnight.
Tip: If you use a food processor and a slicing blade, it is much faster than cutting it by hand. I had a few larger chunks that I needed to pull out and cut by hand.
You return the next day to add the sugar, cook it, and can it in a water bath.
I know canning is a bit time consuming but it is not as labor intense as I first thought.
And for some reason, I have felt the desire to make some of my own jams, condiments, and vinegars, preserving flavors of the season and creating my own gourmet treasures to share with my family and friends.
Perhaps it’s memories of my Grandma on my father’s side, wearing her flowered apron and sensible shoes. When I was little, she lived in the house behind us and had a garden brimming with rhubarb and berries.
Her fluffy mashed potatoes, sweet apple crisp, pies, and luscious banana cake were among my favorites. Everything she made was delicious and her way of showing her love.
I wish she was still here to share with me her wisdom and wizardry in the kitchen like how to make that perfect pie crust.