Cold temperatures and gray skies may be begging you for uplifting treats this winter. When you’re not up for braving the conditions outside, why not get busy in the warmth of your own kitchen? Making marmalades is not only fun to do, but there will also be plenty of delicious cheer to share with neighbors and visitors!
Most of these recipes do not require any additional pectin, as there is enough natural pectin in the ingredients. Pectin is a fiber found in the cell walls of many fruits and vegetables, though its content varies widely. Pectin is water-soluble, enabling it to form a gel-like compound that characterizes jellied products when combined with certain proportions of water, acid and sugar. In general, citrus fruits contain the most pectin, although apples, peaches, berries, and a few other fruits also contain a lot of pectin in their skins. Specifically, the most pectin is found in the white membrane located just under the skin of citrus fruits.
For a super citrusy taste experience with grapefruit, orange, and lemon, try Citrus Marmalade.
If you still have apples from your harvest or can find a high-quality, tart variety at a grocery store, then you might like Apple Marmalade.
Pull out your frozen peach slices or look for peaches in the fresh or frozen sections of the grocery store to make this Peach-Orange Marmalade.
Warm spices (cinnamon, clove, and allspice) make Tomato Marmalade a unique seasonal specialty.
Cranberry Marmalade is a holiday favorite; just make sure you have a box of powdered pectin on hand.