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Marmalading you…

In Around the web on February 10, 2010 at 6:22 am

From BART ANDERSON
Energy Bulletin

[I just received a marmalade gift from one of our local beloved bons vivants. Here. I'm passing it on... -DS]

Introduction – Marmalade and the Gift Economy

Like April McGreger in her Grist article below, I’ve been experimenting with marmalade as a way to process the quantities of grapefruit and Mandarin oranges given me by friends. Marmalade is not that hard to make, as the Mad Scientist article shows. By following the suggestions of June Taylor, you can create batches that are of gourmet quality.

I suppose it’s hard to justify jams and marmalades from a strictly survival point of view. It does teach you to make the most of what you have on hand, and the result is so much better than what you can buy in the store. (I note that June Taylor can get $13 for an 8-ounce jar of marmalade. Maybe all that slicing and boiling.) Preserves make wonderful gifts.

From a community-building point of view, it’s a way to build the Gift economy

In the social sciences, a gift economy (or gift culture) is a society where valuable goods and services are regularly given without any explicit agreement for immediate or future rewards (i.e. no formal quid pro quo exists).[1] Ideally, simultaneous or recurring giving serves to circulate and redistribute valuables within the community. The organization of a gift economy stands in contrast to a barter economy or a market economy.

Last but not least, it’s a treat. There’s nothing on a cold winter morning like marmalade on toast with a cup of tea. Try it with yogurt, or just by itself as a dessert.

Some articles to whet your appetite here
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  1. The Seville marmalade available at the Westside Renaissance market is the best I have ever had. It has just the right bitter/sweet balance. And, it’s made by our local Apple Farm. If you always on the lookout for the perfect Seville marmalade, you likely don’t need to look any farther.

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