Thursday, December 23, 2010

Grapefruit Marmalade

2010 has been the year of canning for me. There is something quite therapeutic, relaxing, satisfying and rewarding about canning. I believe it is the entire process of choosing the recipe, cooking and placing the sealed jars in the large pot of boiling water to preserve.

I began my canning journey in May with my very first project – Spicy Dill Pickles. I was inspired by my friends Robin and her husband Tracy who can 100 jars of pickles each summer. Can you believe it! I was fortunate enough to have them give us a jar of this prized family recipe last December as a hostess gift during the annual ornament exchange party. When we finally opened them, both Charles and I were just amazed at how delicious they were.

Robin and Tracy were not parting with this secret recipe, so I ventured to create my own after researching for quite sometime. The result was a very spicy pickle that for my first attempt, I was quite pleased. Now that I conquered by first canning experience with flying colors, I have not stopped.

Just a few of the things I have created thus far are: Balsamic Fig Jam, Peach Chutney, Cranberry Orange Ginger Chutney, Spicy Green Beans, Pickled Garlic Brussels Sprouts, Pomegranate Jelly, Cranberry Pepper Jelly, Strawberry Rhubarb Jam, Peach Rhubarb Jam, Cranberry Fig Chutney, Marinated Mushrooms and the latest creation was Grapefruit Marmalade.

Marmalade reminds me of vacationing in London. It is enjoyed with toast, scones and other baked treats. One of my favorite things to do in London is to have Afternoon Tea or High Tea. Two of my favorite spots in London are: Browns Hotel and The Savoy. My husband and I first had high tea at Browns on our honeymoon. The experience is the complete epitome of English tea. The room is very authentic with big chairs, dark wood and pretty china cups abounding everywhere. Most everyone in there were English and very proper. We enjoyed the entire experience. I must admit that the Savoy had the BEST scones I have ever had in my life. Not sure how they made them, but they were simply divine.

A couple years ago, I purchased “Jellies, Jams and Chutneys” written by Thane Prince. Thane owns her own cooking school in Suffolk, England called The Aldeburgh School. I am sure that she has had her share of high tea. One of the recipes in the book that caught my eye was the Pink Grapefruit Marmalade. Traditionally you will see orange marmalade. This twist was intriguing and I was up for the challenge. I did make a triple batch and hand cut each rind of grapefruit. Now that is a large task. Since I am on vacation through the end of the year, I have time and thought this would be a great way to enjoy myself, especially since it is rainy outside.

If you are a marmalade fan, you will completely enjoy this sweet and tangy spread over toast, a scone or a toasted slice of baguette.

Pink Grapefruit Marmalade


3 pink or red fleshed grapefruits
2 large lemons scrubbed
3lbs white granulated sugar

Cut the fruit in half and squeeze out all the juice and strain in to a large bowl.

Using a sharp knife, cut the shells of the grapefruit and lemons into fine shreds and put these in a large glass bowl and cover with 6 cups of boiling water and leave to soak for 2 hours.

Put the fruit and water into a large pan with the reserved juices. Bring to the boil and simmer for 60 minutes until the peel is very soft. You should be able to cut it easily with a wooden spoon.

Stir in the sugar and simmer over a low heat until it has dissolved. If any scum rises the surface, skim it off. You may need to do this several times. Now increase the heat and cook at a full rolling boil for 20-30 minutes and then test for a set. May take a bit longer.

When the marmalade has reached the setting point, let it stand for 5 minutes, then ladle into hot sterilized jars, seal and process in water bath for 10 minutes.

Makes about 7 half pint jars.


  1. Hi Lisa-This grapefruit marmalade looks amazing! With all the gorgeous grapefruits here in South Florida, I have to try your recipe:)Merry Christmas;)

  2. Merry Christmas, Lisa! Have a wonderful holiday!!

  3. Grapefruit is high on my husband's list of favorite fruits. I'm thinking he would love this! I've only made strawberry jam, once. It was good... but didn't set right. You are inspiring me to try again!
    A wonderful Christmas to you!! I can't tell you how much I have enjoyed reading your blog this year and "meeting" you. Have a wonderful holiday!

  4. I love grapefruit, but haven't really had a chance trying them in canning.
    Have a wonderful holiday season!

  5. Oh my! This sounds divine!

    Great blog and beautiful photography; happy I found you!

    Delightful Bitefuls

  6. What a great idea to make grapefruit marmalade, it looks sooo delicious and just beautiful. I've only canned jams with my grandmother when I was younger. We used to pick marionberries, huckleberries and make homemade jam. It was so much fun when I was younger and after reading this post, I so want to try out canning again. I would love to can pickles! I'm addicted. :) Everything you've made sounds incredible too!

    I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family! :)

  7. Two things I have really wanted to try - making marmalade and bread. All of your canning recipes sound wonderful and I will have to think about trying to make some jam etc. I have “Jellies, Jams and Chutneys” on my wish list.

  8. I can't believe you only started canning in May and have already made so much... and so varied. Far more ambitious than me. Your grapefruit marmalade sounds fantastic.

  9. I love love love the colour of this marmalade... It looks so cheerful and bright, which is just what I'd need on the cold grey mornings we've had lately. What a lovely twist on the regular orange marmalade!
    BTW, I can relate to the jam-making addiction. There's really nothing better than standing over a big pot of bubbling jam and inhaling that wonderful aroma. :)

  10. Grapefruit's my favorite.
    Merry Christmas and congrats on Top 9!

  11. Passion4Food here to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year. May 2011 bring you lots of happiness and friendship. Have an awesome day with your love ones!!

    jen @

  12. This looks great. I bet it's so refreshing at breakfast or with a simple pound cake.

  13. Merry Christmas, Lisa!!! I hope you guys are having a wonderful holiday weekend. I just love grapefruit but have never had it in marmalade form. I bet this tastes delicious, especially with good bread from Semifreddi's (my fave!). Congrats on yesterday's Top 9.

  14. Merry Christmas!! this marmalade looks so good. thanks for sharing.

  15. garpefruit marmelade. So Parisian and so Floridian at the same time. GREG

  16. Marmalade from grapefruit..this looks too good! I love this easy recipe. Amazing photos!

  17. Hope you're enjoying the holidays :-). I would like to try making grapefruit marmalade, it sure looks good on the French bread with tea!

  18. Lisa, I hope you and Charles had a wonderful Christmas. I also hope you're enjoying your time off both relaxing and cooking away.

    Your grapefruit marmalade sounds like just the ticket for the season. I now have my very own copy of the Blue Chair Jam Cookbook and I can't wait to embark on the canning challenge. It seems so daunting to me but you make it seem easy. I'll be following your and Liren's lead with the marmalade making.

    Happy New Year!

  19. Lisa,
    This is perfect timing because we have a case of pink grapefruit and I was thinking of a way to preserve them and I believe this is the ticket! Thank you so much!

    Happy New Year and Bon appetit!

  20. Canning can be such fun. I love the idea behind this marmalade...wonderful flavor.


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