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recipes for using up mediocre marmalade?

kermit Mar 21, 2010 02:48 PM

i bought a jar of orange marmalade and it's subpar at best. my request of course goes against the principle of "start with the best ingredients", but i hate the thought of pitching it...any suggestions for how to use it up? i'm looking for vegetarian recipes (savory or sweet are welcomed). thanks in advance!

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  1. Quine RE: kermit Mar 21, 2010 02:56 PM

    Imagine it's made with cow gelatin, then you can safely pitch it in the trash.

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      kermit RE: Quine Mar 21, 2010 04:15 PM

      LOL ;)

    2. Jennalynn RE: kermit Mar 21, 2010 03:04 PM

      I make a great glaze for savory dishes by adding grated ginger, minced garlic, soy sauce and sesame oil.

      You could brush it on firm tofu after grilling. I like it on chicken.

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        appycamper RE: kermit Mar 21, 2010 03:20 PM

        you could make red-eye gravy for grits. if you're not into ham put a tablespoon of the fat of your choice in a small pan. melt/heat it. add a cup of strong coffee and a dollop of your marmalade and heat through.

        sandwich cookies with vanilla wafers?

        1. greygarious RE: kermit Mar 21, 2010 03:42 PM

          Use it:
          - to sweeten sorbet, ice cream, or smoothies.
          - in a citrus vinaigrette.
          - to sweeten homemade fruit jello.

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            kermit RE: kermit Mar 21, 2010 04:16 PM

            Thanks for these great ideas! I have a large jar of it, so I might split it between using it as a tofu glaze as well as mixing it into a vinaigrette. Will report back!

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              Quine RE: kermit Mar 21, 2010 04:33 PM

              Oh dear! Never buy large of an unknown item! But I guess you figured that out by now, in addition to what others suggested...if you make muffins, half fill the muffin cup, add a good dollop of that stuff and then add more muffin mix.

              Honestly I grew up in the restaurant business and priced out alot of costs. It ALWAYS comes out cheaper to chuck a bad purchase like this then to "use it up".

            2. shaogo RE: kermit Mar 21, 2010 04:50 PM

              A cool "cure" for cloyingly sweet, poor-quality marmalade would be the addition of some spice: chili pepper flakes, Vietnamese pickled finger peppers or the like. I would use it on meats, you can use it on soy-dried tofu strips with grilled leeks and grilled mushrooms.

              Good booze goes a long way in making mediocre condiments palatable. Add cognac, rum or bourbon to it and use in desserts.

              I'm often in the same boat as you, kermit. I buy stuff and refuse to throw it out -- but then I spend even more money trying to "use it up." Ack!

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                MFalk RE: kermit Mar 21, 2010 06:37 PM

                I'd make a marmalade cake, preferably one that relies on other bold flavors to balance it. I love this decadent but not too sweet Earl Grey Chocolate Cake. If you use good dark bitter chocolate and aromatic tea, even too-sweet marmalade will work well.


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                  Joebob RE: kermit Mar 22, 2010 01:39 PM

                  Crepe filling?

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                    middydd RE: kermit Mar 22, 2010 01:45 PM

                    This is good:

                    Rich and Sticky Gingerbread with Marmalade


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                      Caitlin McGrath RE: middydd Mar 24, 2010 06:46 PM

                      I clipped that recipe when it came out, but have never got around to trying it, so I'm glad to hear you like it!

                    2. sheilal RE: kermit Mar 25, 2010 05:58 AM

                      Epicurious has a fantastic recipe for a pork loin with a chipotle/marmalade sauce! The sauce is to-die-for!!!


                      1. MikeB3542 RE: kermit Mar 25, 2010 06:26 AM

                        You can also work it into sweet and sour sauces and orange flavored glazes.

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                          cheesecake17 RE: kermit Mar 25, 2010 09:05 AM

                          Oatmeal jam bars with the marmalade as the filling

                          1. greedygirl RE: kermit Mar 25, 2010 09:49 AM

                            Nigella's storecupboard chocolate cake uses marmalade and is easy and delicious. I also made this once, to rave reviews:


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