Zesty Orange Paste 🍊

Introduction: Zesty Orange Paste 🍊

About: I am an Australian hobbyist, I love a challenge, but most of all, I love baking. 💚

Attention cheese lovers - my orange paste is for you! 🥳

With a few simple ingredients, and an hour or so bubbling away on the stove top, you’ll come up with a zesty acidic paste which adds a burst of flavour which is perfect for completing the ultimate charcuterie board.

Don’t be mistaken, this is not marmalade but it would quite possibly be closely related… maybe a cousin or great aunt?!🧓

Is your mouth watering? Yes? I’d suggest you get started…

Step 1: What You'll Need

Ingredients:

-250 grams of whole oranges (I only had to use 1, but sizes vary from country to country)

-1 cup (250 ml) of freshly squeezed orange juice (around 4 large oranges)

-2 cups (500 ml) of water

-1 ½ cups (300 g) of sugar

-1/4 cup of boiling water

Equiptment:

-Kitchen knives

-Juicer

-Measuring cups

-Large saucepan

-Wooden spoon

-Bamix, or blender

-Jars/silicon molds

Step 2: Scrub a Dub🧴🧽

-Grab your 250 grams of oranges and scrub clean under hot water🧴🧽✨

-Cut into slices, without discarding the ends 🔪🍊

Step 3: Juicy 🍊

-With the remaining oranges, cut them in half and either juice with a juicer or your hands (works just as good) until you have collected a cup of freshly squeezed orange juice 🍹

Step 4: Adding It All 🥘

-Once you have prepped the oranges (cut and juiced), place your cut orange🍊, 1 cup of orange juice🍹, and the water into your saucepan.

-Bring to a boil on medium heat and simmer for around an hour or until the skins are soft, stirring occasionally🥣

-After 30 minutes⌛, your mixture should have reduced by half

-Once your mixture has boiled for about an hour, add 1/4 cup of boiling water and the sugar, stir until dissolved.

-Remove from the heat and allow to cool a little (this makes it safer for the next step.)

Step 5: ⚠️ !!*CAUTION*!! ⚠️

-Now, this is where things can get fully hectic!! 🤯 Our dreaded friend the Bamix is back…⚡and because of this, we have to be ultra-carful, cos this thing is hazardous, well…. sorta.

-Add your boiled down orange mixture to a heat proof container and grab your stick blender/Bamix.

-Place you blender into your mixture without turning on the power switch, this will minimize any risk of you turning it on and you injuring yourself. Flick the switch and blend until most ways smooth, a few tiny lumps of skin is fine.

-When blending, do NOT pull the blender out of the warm orange mixture, it will fling hot paste everywhere and most likely will burn you. 💥(It’s a perfect waste of good hard-earned paste and you would have a gigantic cleaning job on your hands.)

Step 6: Getting Heated 🔥

-Once blended, add your mixture back, (I know, more heating…. Groan🙄) into your pan and place onto the heat, boil, stirring constantly for around half an hour.

-Now, when stirring the mixture, it can get quite agitated and up in arms about being heated again😨(oranges these days), It will spit a little, so you can reduce the heat or wear heat protection to avoid burns. Please be careful with this step.

Step 7: The Finished Product 📦

-Now that your paste has thickened and is kind of lumpy (which is how its mean to be – trust me!💯) divide it out between your containers, I am putting some in a small jar and the rest into silicon molds. If you choose to place your paste into jars, fill the jar up with hot water before-hand so it doesnt crack when the hot paste hits it.

-Place your paste into the fridge to set for 6-10 hours or over night. ⌛

Step 8: Enjoy!! 🎉🎊

And all there’s left to do now is to scoop and enjoy!!! Serve your paste with herbed crackers🍘, Brie cheese, a sharp cheddar🧀, fresh fruit 🍇🍊🍒, or homemade lavish crackers.

Whatever it's paired with this flavorful paste adds a zing to every mouthful and is the perfect condiment for your charcuterie board! 🥳

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    11 Comments

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    jody.brostrom
    jody.brostrom

    24 days ago

    How long does the past last? Can it be frozen.

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    -Happy Hedgehog Studios-
    -Happy Hedgehog Studios-

    Reply 22 days ago

    This paste can last around 3 months in the fridge (If it hasn't been eaten already), and yes, it can be frozen!

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    jody.brostrom
    jody.brostrom

    Reply 22 days ago

    Thank you! Will give it a try!

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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    24 days ago

    Interesting idea! Do you prefer this to an orange marmalade? What would you say it is that makes it better?

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    -Happy Hedgehog Studios-
    -Happy Hedgehog Studios-

    Reply 22 days ago

    In some sense this paste is quite different to marmalade. Marmalade is more of a spread, whereas my reciepe is a thick paste which needs to be enjoyed in smaller quantities as it's flavour is quite strong. Traditionally marmalade is more chunky and a bit sweeter, so I would say the two are amazing in their own ways.

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    Where_to_Begin
    Where_to_Begin

    24 days ago

    Isn't the immersion blender (bamax) designed to be used in the pot/pan? Could save you a step and some cleanup.

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    Ronna Farley
    Ronna Farley

    4 weeks ago

    I have never seen a recipe quite like that! Great job! Could you do lemons that way?

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    -Happy Hedgehog Studios-
    -Happy Hedgehog Studios-

    Reply 22 days ago

    Good question! It would definitely be worth a try :D

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    jessyratfink
    jessyratfink

    23 days ago

    This sounds amazinggg! I want to make a cake and spread this between the layers :D

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    graciepickle
    graciepickle

    26 days ago

    Oh man, this looks delicious! It would be fantastic for scones. And what a beautiful Instructable. very arty. :)