Monday, January 23, 2017

Pink Grapefruit Marmalade #fijchallenge

Pink Grapefruit Marmalade
In Arizona the mild winters and scorching summers produce some pretty amazing citrus. Once again it’s that time of year and our lemon and pink grapefruit trees are bursting with fruit. And once again I am on task to find new and delicious recipes. Last week I prepared a lemon sorbet with satisfying results. This week I decided upon a marmalade; my first. Now my canning skills are pretty shaky and the word marmalade has always conjured up a little of fear but it's the new year and the perfect time to tackle new endeavors.

Supreming the citrus
And to start the new year off right I am currently following along with Marisa’s The Food in Jars Mastery Challenge. It’s a year-long food preservation challenge that will focus on different pickling and preserving skills. The month of January is marmalade making. For this challenge Marisa defines the word marmalade as “a sweetened citrus preserve that consists of bits of peel, suspended in jelly. It should use most of the entire fruit”. Well this recipe certainly embraces this definition as Marisa has you saving and using the membranes and seeds in a cheesecloth packet as a natural pectin. My marmalade thickened up perfectly.

Pink Grapefruit Marmalade, the end of the pot
This Pink Grapefruit Marmalade is sweet and tart and delicious on toast. I bet this would be wonderful on grilled meats too. I had a wonderful experience and can't wait for February's challenge which is salt preserving.


yield: 4 to 5 half-pint ball jarsprint recipe

Pink Grapefruit Marmalade

Before you begin put a couple of small empty plates in the freezer for the "plate test". This test will let you know if you have achieved the proper set. Add 1 teaspoon of marmalade to the plate. Push your finger through the mixture on the plate - you're looking for it to wrinkle and not flood back in to fill the gap. If okay, stir for a minute; you are ready to fill jars.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 to 5 pink grapefruit, about 4.5 pounds
  • 1 lemon
  • 5 to 6 cups sugar
  • 4 cups zest poaching liquid

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Prepare Jars, lids and rims. (The USDA is a great resource for tips on sterilizing and preparing your jars).
  2. Wash and dry the fruit. Use a vegetable peeler to remove the zest from the fruit. Pulse in food processor a few times until you have fine little strips, do not over work. Place zest in a medium-sized soup pot and add 6 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-high and simmer for 30 minutes, stir occasionally. Remove from burner, set aside.
  3. In the meantime, cut the white pith away from the fruit and then separate the fruit from the membranes. Place fruit in measuring cups, I collected about 4 cups worth. Next, cut a piece of cheesecloth; large enough to hold the membranes and seeds in the middle and tie the edges together forming a packet.
  4. Next, drain the zest, reserving the cooking liquid. (I had just enough so save every drop).
  5. Now you are ready to put your marmalade together. In a medium-sized stainless steel or Dutch-oven pot, combine zest, citrus fruit, 4 cups of zest cooking liquid, 5 to 6 cups of sugar and the cheesecloth packet. I say 5 to 6 because I lost count and was fairly positive that I only added 5 cups as my mixture was sweet enough. Taste, if you are not sure. Less sugar also means more cooking time.
  6. Bring to a boil and cook vigorously until the mixture reaches 220 degrees (this takes between 30-40 minutes). Stir occasionally. Watch carefully as the thermometer hardly seems to move in the beginning but will climb quickly towards the end. When the marmalade reaches 220 degrees, complete the plate test,(see top of recipe) if okay remove from heat. Stir for about a minute; this will help the bits of zest to become evenly spread throughout the mixture. Remove the membrane and seed packet; and if possible squeeze over the marmalade before discarding it.(Careful marmalade will be hot, I used a pair of tongs and lightly squeezed all sides).
  7. Fill prepared jars; wipe rims, apply lids and rings. Lower jars into a prepared boiling water bath and process for ten minutes at a gentle boil. When time is up, remove jars from the pot and let them cool on your counter completely. The lids should start popping. When they are cool check the seals by pushing down on the top of the lid. Tighten down rims.
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Cheri Savory Spoon

Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.

55 comments:

  1. This looks like a great marmalade , good luck with your canning challenge.

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    1. Thanks Gerlinde, learned some interesting techniques. Can't wait for next months challenge.

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  2. This marmalade was fantastic !! A great use of our grapefruit. D

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  3. Wow Cheri! This looks and sounds absolutely spectacular! So pretty and I can just imagine the bursting flavors and scent.

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    1. Thanks Peggy, yes the kitchen smelled so fresh, it was wonderful.

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  4. This sounds fantastic Cheriton. I love grapefruit and I be bet it would be great on toast - a wonderful winter treat of citrus.

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    1. Thanks Mindy, thats exactly the way we have been enjoying it. Hope your have a great 2017.

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  5. Fantastic idea, Cheri! Love the tasty looking color, too =)

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  6. I could so go for this marmalade right now on a slice of toast. Great recipe and I think this is a challenge I could participate in - going to look now :)

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    1. Hi Tandy, I like the premise of the challenges, should be very interesting.

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  7. That looks fantastic! I don't see lots of PINK grapefruits over here...wish I could taste some of yours :-))

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    1. Hi Angie, the pink are a little sweeter than the others, they are my favorite.

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  8. This marmalade look amazing !
    Love the colour !

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    1. Thanks Gloria, appreciate you stopping by.

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  9. Cheri: I applaud your openness to new endeavors this year. Canning has always been a mystery to me...your marmalade looks delicious. I'll have to stop by for breakfast sometime ;o).

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    1. Wish you could Dena, lol that would be alot of fun. Take care!

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  10. So jealous of all your fresh citrus!!! I cannot imagine how delicious this must be. Good for you!

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  11. Such a marvelous marmalade! The pink of the grapefruit is gorgeous. I've made two batches of marmalade this season and your pink grapefruit is tempting me to make one more batch.

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    1. 2 batches, wow Deb, I bet they are delicious. Can't wait for next months challenge.

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  12. This looks intriguing!! I wish I could see how it tasted, it looks delicious! - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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  13. What a heavenly marmelade! I'd love to taste it.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  14. Cheri, I have never had pink grapefruit marmalade...and I am loving it...I so wish I had enough fruit trees to make jam/marmalade.
    Have a wonderful week ahead :)

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    1. Thanks Juliana, right now we have grapefruit coming out of our ears, lol.

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  15. What a great marmalade! Grapefruit is my fave fruit and this recipe is on my to do list. No citrus is grown here in Chicagoland so sadly I have to get mine from the grocer. Lucky you! Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. Thanks Pam, we are very fortunate this time of year for all the citrus.

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  16. This is the perfect time to make a delicious grapefruit marmelade. I usually make juices with grapefruits but I would like to give this a go. It looks fab!!

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    1. Thanks Alida, we are enjoying this every morning on a slice of toast.

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  17. Mild winters sound so good! And this grapefruit marmalade sounds and looks even better. What great kitchen projects you have going all the time! Lovely to have these for morning toast. : )

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    1. Thanks Monica, thants exactly what I am doing.

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  18. What a terrific marmalade, Cheri! Bravo:)

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    1. Thanks Zaza, we are enjoying these marmalade very much.

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  19. Your canning challenge sounds like fun! And pink marmalade? Love the idea -- sounds awesome. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks John, can't wait for next months challenge, should be fun.

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  20. Look at that wonderful color of your marmalade…I bet it tastes as delicious as it is pretty.

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    1. Thanks Karen, the marmalade is delicious, citrus always tastes better this time of year.

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  21. It is right up my alley and so delicious like I love my pretty pink marmalade to be! I seriously cannot wait to try this marmalade Cheri. :)

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    1. Thanks Anu, this was a great challenge, can't wait for the next one.

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  22. We've been eating grapefruit almost every morning. Love the idea of turning some into marmalade. Great idea!

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    1. Thanks Susan, we have been too, citrus is so good this time of year.

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  23. I love marmalades but I am way too lazy to make my own!! So tempted to give this a try Cheri :)

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    1. Hi Amishi, the process took longer than I thought but the marmalade tastes so delicious, totally worth it I think,

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  24. How totally cool is pink marmalade?! I'm so behind in my visiting but I sure do look forward to my visits here, Cheri. Your photography and dishes are always inspiring. Can you send me some of that marmalade? lol

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  25. Cheri - I can only imagine how good this tastes, and it is so beautiful to look at. I want to try it - haven't made marmalade in years! It will be fun to follow you and Inger (and others, maybe?) on the F I J challenge!

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    1. HI David, this year long challenge should be a great learning experience for me, enjoyed the marmalade making, next month has to do with salt.

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  26. This looks beautiful. How amazing to have local citrus (I have always been envious of David during citrus season)! I need to figure out how to motivate my ASU daughter to bring some back during her breaks ;-) I had fun with my marmalade and can't wait for next month's FIJ Challenge!

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    1. Hi Inger, this FIJ challenge is going to be a great learning experience. Can't wait for next month.

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  27. Just so you know, I toasted a slice of dark rye bread, spread a tad of butter and then some of your marmalade. The marmalade was a continuance of the taste I've been enjoying all weekend with my Greyhounds. There is nothing "dainty" about the taste, which I appreciate. I go for the unusual and this was truly delish and distinctively grapefruit! No pithiness! I would recommend perhaps as an accompaniment with roasted pork? Thank you!

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    1. Hi Sandra, glad you are enjoying them, I was on the fence about the flavor of the marmalade, should I have added more sugar? but the more we "enjoy" the more and more I think it is just right. I will definitely try this with pork, great idea!

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    2. P.S. Always nice to hear from you.

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