One of the best ways to extend the season for your favorite fruits – especially citrus – is to make them into marmalade!
While many specialty and heirloom fruit varieties are only available for a few weeks, a good preserve will keep for up to a year. Produce Merchant and seasonal fruit enthusiast Mary shares her tried and true marmalade recipe below.
What You’ll Need
5 lbs of just ripe citrus
6 cups water
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 tbsp butter
1 packet of pectin, as needed
Honey or sugar, to taste
What To Do
Wash the citrus and gently peel. Slice the peels into small (1 inch) strips and boil in 4 cups of water for 10 minutes. Drain and add 2 cups of cool water.
Puree the citrus flesh and lemon juice together, and add to the peels. Bring to a full boil and add the butter.
Reduce to a simmer and continue mixing, slowly adding pectin. Mixture should begin to thicken over the next 10-20 minutes. Add sugar or honey, if desired.
The marmalade should reach 220 degrees and a sturdy thickness. While hot, ladle into sterilized jars. This marmalade will keep in the fridge for at least 2 weeks.
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