Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Marmalade - my first attempt

How pretty are these colours ? Pink grapefruit and lemon into the pan - waiting for the sugar

The finished product - so quick and easy too
Fairly proud of myself as this is my first go at making marmalade - and I wonder why on earth I have never done it before in all of my 50+ years.  My parents are prolific and talented marmalade makers and do all sorts of special (proper grown up things!) like boiling the pips in a muslin bag in the marmalade. I wanted something far easier and so used an extremely easy recipe but "ooomphed" up the taste by using pink grapefruit.  This is the one that I followed:  It was listed as "Absolutely Foolproof Easy Marmalade" and I can assure you, it was.  As I did not have a huge pan (nor may I add many jars) I did reduced the recipe by a quarter.  So my combination was 4 fruits and 750gram of sugar and as I said earlier I used pink grapefruit (2) and lemons (2). Honestly, try it - am sure you will be delighted.

6 oranges (or any combination) or 6 grapefruits (or any combination) or 6 lemons (or any combination)
1 kg sugar

Take the 6 citrus fruits and wash well, removing any blemishes.
Cut into quarters, and place in a food processor.
Chop until finely ground, skin and all.
For an optional extra add some crystallized ginger.
Boil with the 1 kilo of sugar, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon, for 20 minutes.
It splatters, so be careful.
This quantity fills about 5 x 340 gram jars.
Do not double the ingredients, rather make two batches.
It never goes dark and lasts for up to 6 months in the refrigerator without the need to sterilize the bottles.


  1. oh my looks delicious......I have jars I have fruit I must try it!!

  2. Yum that looks delicious and fast too!
    Love that a food processor is used to speed up the chopping. I usually have such a mess on the counter juices and sticky bits. This one looks like a winner.

  3. yummy citrus goodness! Up until a few years ago orange jam was considered strange in Slovenia and one could only get it in fancy grocery stores along with funny French cheese and Italian truffles. We are very much a jam and marmelade nation, though peaches, apricots and berries are the limit of fruit we put into ours. I'm excited to see that a lot of people are now stimulated to try and expand this limited choice and experiment with new combinations.

  4. Yay!! Isn't making marmalade the best!! I think I might try a lime version while limes are still nice and cheap!

    Kitty xx

  5. I'm not a fan of marmalade myself, prefer Marmite. But it is a lovely colour!

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  7. Were the pips removed first, or did you blitz them with the fruit?


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