Citrus Marmalade - easy recipe to make

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easy citrus marmalade recipe

Marmalades are a classic way to preserve citrus foods that are in season. In this guide, we look at a simple recipe for making marmalade from citrus fruit and its peel.


  1. Citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruit, lemon )
  2. Water
  3. Sugar as needed.
  4. Whole cloves
  5. Glass jar


  1. Wash the citrus fruit thoroughly.
  2. Separate and slice the citrus peel using a knife or a grater.
  3. Remove the pith (the bitter white stuff between the peel and the fruit).
  4. Grind the citrus fruits (except for the seeds) into a coarse pulp.
  5. Add the pulp and slices into a large pot.
  6. Measure and pour cold water enough to cover the content in the pot, and let it sit overnight.
  7. Keep aside sugar equivalent to 80% of the amount of water that was used e.g. for 10 cups of water used, you would need 8 cups of sugar. Vary the sugar amount based on your taste and dietary preference.
  8. Boil the content until the lemon peels are translucent then let it simmer, about an hour.
  9. Add the sugar and white cloves to the pot and mix well.
  10. To make a thicker marmalade add a very small amount of pith. The pith is bitter but contains natural pectin that thickens the marmalade. Use with caution.
  11. Let the mixture reduce, stirring occasionally, till you end with a chunky texture or till the mixture reaches your desired thickness.
  12. Remove from the heat and let it cool.
  13. Once cool, you can either refrigerate the marmalade in a clean jar or look at canning the marmalade for later use.
  14. You can use any citrus or a combination of citrus fruits you like.
  15. Spread the delicious marmalade on a sandwich or use them as glazes for your sweet and savoury dishes.


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