Marmalade making for the first time

January is a perfect time to make some citrus marmalade. 🙂
It’s been on my “to-do” list since early december, but with school and that thing called “Christmas”, I just couldn’t manage the time. I finally did my first marmalade this Sunday afternoon.
Here’s the recipe I took from Conserves maison. (Excellent french blog about canning).

Will give you 7 to 9 marmalade jars of 250 ml.

  • 2 limes
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 citrus
  • 1 medium-sized grapefruit
  • 3 cups (700 ml) of water
  • 8 cups (1530 g) of sugar
  • Wash the fruits to make sure there are no wax left. If you wash them in cold water, they will be easier to cut.
    Cut the fruits in the smallest parts that you can. Use your sharpest knive for this part, it will be much easier.

    You first start by boiling the limes for 15 minutes as their peel takes longer to soften.

    Add in the other citrus fruits. Boil for 30-45 minutes. Once their peel has soften, you can add in the sugar and boil for another 45-60 minutes.

    If you wish to can your marmalade, it’s very important to follow good instructions for sterelization.

    : ** The only way to sterelize jars is by boiling them. The dishwasher or oven method doesn’t work. You absolutely need to sterelize them with boiling water. **

    You may want to use a large saucepan/canner with a rack to avoid the jars touching the bottom.

    Tadaa! You’ve made marmalade. 🙂


    Of course, this is not a very detailed tutorial for canning, you may want to check theses ressources if you’re new to this and would like to know more:

  • The Bernardin guide to home preserving is a good and cheap guide to get you started.
  • Marmalade tutorial (with lots of pictures!) by Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories.
  • National center for home food preservation. Lots of information about home canning, in general. (PDF documents)
  • Golda’s kitchen. This is a very useful online shop to buy kitchenware.
    I used it to order a couple of things I couldn’t find for home canning.
    French written ressource:
  • Recettes de conserves maison by Vincent. A must-read  blog about canning.
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    3 Responses to “Marmalade making for the first time”

    1. 1 pam January 26, 2010 at 7:17 pm

      I have never canned anything in my life – even though I come from a long line of “canners”! But that stunning first image on the post almost won me over! How in the world can you make marmalade look so good – so enticing?!

    2. 2 Avital January 27, 2010 at 1:24 pm

      Beautiful photographs! As prints, they would make great posters to decorate a kitchen or recipe cards.

    3. 3 Fanie January 28, 2010 at 9:31 am

      Thank you for the nice comment, Pam. 😀 Marmalade is a good first project if you ever plan on doing some canning, one day.
      I believe that canning brings you back to your “roots” and to nature. It’s a great “season craft”. 🙂
      Me and my family have been canning tomato sauce in the last few years. So I think the idea came unconsciously from them. :-p

      Avital, thanks you for the nice comment! ^-^ Coming from another photography lover, it means a lot! It’s amazing the good photographs you can take with a simple camera. (It’s a Sony Cybershot, in my case. Nothing fancy. :-p)

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