Penny-Wise Peel Marmalade


½ lb mixed peel (any citrus fruit), cut into thin strips.

2 lemons, washed

3 pints water

¾ pint fresh orange juice (from a carton)

3lb sugar


  • Cut lemons into quarters lengthwise, then slice thinly. Tie pips in a muslin bag or new ‘J’ cloth.
  • Place cut peel, lemon, water and pips in a large pan (at least 6 pint). Cover and simmer for about 2 hours until peel disintegrates when pressed.
  • Remove pips, stir in orange juice. Boil rapidly, uncovered, for 5-7 mins to reduce liquid by almost a half.
  • Turn off the heat and add sugar, stirring until sugar dissolves.
  • Bring to the boil and boil for 1 min, then test for setting point (using the ‘chilled saucer’ method).
  • Allow marmalade to cool for 10 mins, then pour into warmed sterilized jars. Press a waxed disc on top.  When cold cover and label.
  • Makes 4 ½ – 5 lbs of marmalade.

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