My marmalade didn’t set!
As an English woman, I have to admit, I have a passion for marmalade! When Tracey’s son Jordan picked the Seville oranges off her tree, I gladly accepted a bag. Upon getting it home and putting it on my scale, I was delighted to see the bag weighed 3 lbs., exactly what I needed to make Dundee orange marmalade!
I knew this was a pretty daunting process, so I planned to spend the whole day at it. I had purchased Mark Hyman’s “Broken Brain” series a few weeks earlier, and hadn’t had the opportunity to listen to it yet, so thought I would do so while I cleaned, peeled, chopped and cooked. Several hours later, I was disappointed to discover the finished product did not and would not set! The most upsetting thing was that all through this marmalade making process which necessitated 6 lbs. of sugar (that is slightly more than ½ lb. per orange); I was listening to how bad sugar is for us, in particular, our brains! All of the aging degenerative brain diseases, such as senile dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, not to mentions short-term memory loss, A.D.D., depression and anxiety can be linked scientifically to inflammation in the brain, which is directly linked to high sugar consumption and low healthy fat intake.
In summary, 8 hours of Saturday kitchen time, 3 lbs. of oranges, 6 lbs. of sugar, a marmalade that didn’t set and indisputable scientific data that marmalade (sugar) is very bad for me. It was a frustrating day! My poor, patient husband and I discussed my new dilemma; what to do with the marmalade? I could no longer give it to friends and family with my new found knowledge of what terrible things sugar does to our bodies and our brains. It was like disposing of toxic waste!
In the end, we decided to treat it like toxic waste and dispose of it accordingly with minimal damage to humans, animals, fish and fowl. I don’t think I will ever feel the same about marmalade again! I am visiting my mother this week, and I know Dundee orange marmalade will be served for breakfast. I will let you know!