Monday, September 14, 2009

Grapefruit Marmalade

Prep time:
40 mins, plus sterilizing jars
Cook time:
1 hrs 45 mins
makes about 1.5kg


  • 6-8 small grapefruit and an orange, weighing about 550g
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1.4 litres water
  • 1.1kg granulated sugar


1. To sterilize jam jars, place them in a large saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil and simmer briskly for 10-15 minutes. Remove from the water with tongs and place upside down on a clean surface to dry.

2. Slice the fruit in half. Using a metal spoon, scoop out the flesh over a bowl to collect any juice, leaving the pith behind. Reserve the shells.

3. Put the flesh, juice and pips in a food processor and blend until smooth.

4. Push the purée through a sieve into a preserving pan or large heavy-based saucepan.

5. Now scoop out as much of the pith from the shells as possible. Slice the rind into very thin matchstick strips and add these to the sieved flesh in the pan.

6. Pour in the lemon juice and water.

7. Bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours until the rind is very soft and the mixture has reduced by half. Then leave overnight to let rind soften( don't have to do this)

8. Over a low heat, add the sugar and stir until it has dissolved. Boil for about 10 minutes, skimming off any froth on the surface.

9. After 10 minutes, spoon a little of the marmalade onto a cold plate and place in the fridge. If it sets to a jelly the marmalade is cooked. If necessary, cook for a further 5-10 minutes and test again.

10. Allow the marmalade to cool slightly, then pour into the sterilized jars.



  1. Perfect! Just what I needed a pic by pic account showing me how to make marmalade! I;ve got a grapefruit and lemon tree just heaving at the moment. Got a recipe in the edmonds book but eh instructions left me a bit flat!

  2. Well Lloyd did it all but he said it was so so easy. It is delicious too so it wont take long till we need another batch. also makes a lovely gift!

  3. Cappuccino8:29 pm

    Looks fantastic Laura - how come your kitchen doesn't look like a bomb site?

  4. It does look like a bombsite in these pics!! Especially after the marmalade boiled all over the cooker - Lloyd cleaned it all up beautifully though.

  5. Those jars lined up on your cabinet look just beautiful!I am sure they will taste as good as they look!

  6. I bet my husband would love this!

    Grapefruits aren't exactly local round these parts, so I'm wondering if this would taste as good with what we can get. It's worth a try ...

  7. What a fantastic tute, just a pity I don't eat marmalade :0) I love your explanation of sterilising the jars, I always thought it was a complicated process, you've made it sound so easy!


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