Marmalade - in smaller quantities

cabrita(9b SoCal)March 10, 2011

Different technique than what I described in the thread on large batches of marmalade.

Very different outcome too. Brightly colored marmalade which is much milder and sweeter than my previous recipe. They come out very firm without having to add any pectin. I think the water soak of the thinly sliced fruit releases lots of pectin. These two were good sellers at our private urban farmers market.


I started with a recipe for Meyer's marmalade that called for 6 cups quartered, cored and thinly sliced meyers lemons, 6 cups water and 6 cups sugar.

Then I changed it slightly to a 7-6-6 cup fruit-water-sugar ratio, plus a pinch of salt.

After the fruit is sliced, cored and pips removed, add water and refrigerate overnight (or for a few hours).

Cook for 30 minutes, add sugar, and cook until gel stage. BWB for 10 min.

This made 12 half pints.


7 1/2 cups quartered and thinly sliced minneolas, cored and pips removed.

1 1/2 cups thinly sliced quartered meyers lemons

6 cups water

6 cups sugar

pinch salt

Prepare as in previous recipe. Made 19 half pints.

I have started to prepare a mixed citrus marmalade which will probably make 20-24 half pints. Will post proportions and outcome some time in the next few days.

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ruthieg__tx(z8 TX)

I can't wait to try this recipe........Thanks

    Bookmark   March 13, 2011 at 11:47AM
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cabrita(9b SoCal)

I hope you enjoy it ruthie.

I made two more batches this last weekend. I made a change to the minneola marmalade which consisted of adding two cups of the minneola juice. The end product was fruitier, less sweet (still plenty sweet) and I liked it better. The disadvantage was that I had to cook it a bit longer to reach the gel stage.

I also made a mixed citrus marmalade in the same way and using these proportions:

3 1/2 cups thinly sliced quartered, cored navel oranges
2 1/2 cups thawed grapefruit chunks, blended
1 cup thinly sliced and cored meyers lemons, pips removed
1/2 cup thinly sliced eureka lemon

soaked in 6 cups water overnight or for a few hours

boil 30 minutes, add 3 cups minneola juice and 6 cups sugar. Boil until gel stage and can in half pint jars.

This took longer to boil to gel stage and the marmalade is still not solid after 3-4 days. It is getting thicker though, so I think it will gel soon. However, to avoid the anxiety in future batches, I will use less liquid (less of the juice) and more of the peel/pulp.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2011 at 2:17PM
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