It’s citrus season!! What are you putting up?

During the frigid season of winter I look forward to two things: seed catalogs and citrus fruit!  Clementines may just be nature’s perfect fruit.  Underneath their thin-skinned peel lies a juicy-sweet, seedless burst of delicious sunshine!  Of all the citrus, clementines are my favorite!

Having never made marmalade, I felt the time had come to embark on that adventure.  Since citrus peels are naturally high in pectin, I decided to rely on this fruit’s own ability to achieve a semi-firm set and added just a touch of clear jel.  The consistency that resulted was perfect!

Clementine Marmalade – yields 4 half-pints

1.75 pounds of clementines

3-1/4 cups granulated sugar

2 Tbsp bottled lemon juice

3 Tbsp Clear Jel – cook type

Day 1  Wash clementines and place in the fridge to chill; this helps to firm them up.  Cut fruit into halves then slice very thin.  Cut each slice in half to create small thin triangles.  Combine clementines, 3 cups of sugar, and lemon juice in a thick-bottomed pot and bring to a simmer.  Remove fruit mixture from heat and transfer to a bowl; cover, cool, and place in the fridge overnight.

Day 2  Place fruit mixture back into a heavy-bottomed pot and bring to a light simmer.  Mix clear jel with 1/4 cup sugar, then add to the hot fruit mixture stirring well to incorporate.  Bring to a boil while gently stirring.  Once mixture begins to thicken (5 minutes) ladle into hot, sterilized half-pint jars, wipe rims and adjust two-piece lids to fingertip-tight.  Process in a boiling-water bath for 10 minutes and allow to cool on a wire rack, undisturbed, for 12-24 hours.  Wipe jars and store in a cool, dark place for a year.

Images and content copyright © 2009-2012 Danielle R Limoge. Recipe adapted from What Julie Ate

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9 responses to “It’s citrus season!! What are you putting up?

  1. Sounds delicious…I love marmalade, but how in the world do you leave it alone for a year?

    • Well, when you put up as many jars as I do, it takes a while to get through it all! 🙂 I’m currently working on a cranberry orange marmalade, I can’t wait to slather that on some toast!

  2. I made some of this a few weeks back and it is so sunny and nice!

  3. Hi Danielle,
    Man that would be so good I have often thought to experiment and try clementines this way, but never did, I absolutely love orange marmalade, next best to homemade apple butter. I will certainly have to try this out.

  4. Made a batch of this just this morning! A great, easy last-minute Christmas gift. I didn’t have Clear Jel, so I did some quick Googling and just used a pouch of liquid pectin– seems I may get a slightly firmer set. I’ll let you know how that turns out!

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