Making Marmalade

Friday 2/14/13

I looked in the cupboard yesterday and there was NO MARMALADE!  I usually keep well stocked with my favorite toast covering.  Since we are in citrus country I thought I had better get cracking on cooking some.

I have been making this recipe for many years.  I grew up eating my moms sharp (not too sweet and lots of peel) marmalade and that’s the type I like to make.  I have to add grapefruit and lemons to the oranges for added tartness since I have never come across the sour marmalade oranges you can find in England.

Some oranges, lemons and grapefruit from the local trees.


After peeling and slivering the zest I cut off the pith and chopped up the fruit.  Then I added water and let the fruit soak overnight.

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I cooked the fruit in the water for an hour or so until the fruit and peel were tender.  The pith and seeds were in a cheesecloth pouch.  That was squeezed afterwards to get the extra pectin which helps the jam set. Time to add the sugar and bring to a brisk boil until it looks ready to set.

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Into the jars to cool.  Now it’s time to taste the orangey golden goodness.  The cupboard is restocked and all is back to Rose normal.

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8 Responses to Making Marmalade

  1. Janell Wheelock says:

    YOU ARE AMAZING!!!!!!! I am having trouble keeping up with you! I did go to a seed exchange today at a local cafe…..getting there. Kevin came as well. Maybe a garden this year?

  2. Janell Wheelock says:

    Rose, do you have a specific recipe to share for your marmalade…my favorite is marmalade. I don’t like to add sugar to anything but I see you do? THX! Janell

  3. Donna says:

    Tom’s favorite, he wants to know if you put ginger in it. That is his favorite.

  4. Gina Gluth says:

    We miss your Mum’s marmalade, jams & mince pies (they were the best, nothing has surpassed those) in fact we miss her, the years have flown xx. Will FaceTime soon xxxGina

  5. Merlene Westerbeck says:

    YUMMMMY! I remember having that tasty treat while traveling the roads with you!

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