Oh My Darlin’, Oh My Darlin’ — Clementine Ginger Marmalade

Over Christmas I kept meaning to buy a box of clementines, but the Satsumas kept coming in our CSA box, so we were fully stocked on citrus to eat out of hand. But when I stopped in at Trader Joe’s this weekend, the clementines just looked so pretty, so I bought a 2 lb. bag and thought, I’ll make marmalade. Well, refrigerator marmalade. These little guys were sweet, so I knew they’d be fantastic.

See, pretty right?!

I sliced about half of them and peeled the rest so I wouldn’t have too much rind. In retrospect, I should have just sliced all of them and sliced them really thinly. The rinds didn’t break down as much as I anticipated, so I have some fairly big chunks in my marmalade. Let your preference be your guide, but I’d say go for a 1/8 to a 1/4-inch slices. My love of ginger is starting to be well-documented here, so a 1/2 c. of finely chopped crystallized ginger also went into the mix.

The refrigerator marmalade has about 4 cups of sugar in it, so it’s really sweet. There’s no doubt about that. But it took on an almost honeyed quality and the ginger pops a bit more when you spread it on a buttermilk biscuit, which we did this morning. Next time, I’ll dial back the sugar and I might actually use half brown sugar to see if that honeyed, caramelized flavor can be drawn out without drastically changing the color.

This recipe doesn’t call for pectin, and you shouldn’t need it, as citrus is higher in pectin naturally. If for some reason it doesn’t set, you’ll still have a nice clementine syrup.

Clementine Ginger Marmalade
Adapted from Taste.com.au

2 lbs. of clementines, sliced thinly in 1/8 to 1/4 in. half moons
4 c. granulated sugar
5 c. water
1/2 c. crystallized ginger, finely chopped

Place a small saucer or dish in the freezer (this will be used to check whether the jam has set).
In a Dutch oven, bring clementines and water just to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 15 minutes, or until rinds are softened. Mix in sugar and stir until dissolved completely. Bring the mixture back up to a boil and add in ginger. Cook for 50 minutes, jam should be set.

Test it on the small saucer by spooning a few drops onto the dish. Put it back in the freezer for a minute. Run your finger through the marmalade. If it separates and leaves a line, or wrinkles, it’s set.

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  1. Dani Rose says:

    I made it with all intention of giving the jars to my mother-in-law for a hostess gift since she loves marmalade – and I’m not a fan (to be polite). But after making it, and of course tasting it – I’ve been converted!

  2. Amber says:

    About how much marmalade does this make? I want to make some for some gifts, so I’m trying to figure out how many clementines I’m going to need. Thanks.

    • Michelle says:

      Hi Amber – Conservatively, I’d say the 2 lbs of clementines made about 3 cups of marmalade. If you use the 8 oz. mason jars, you should get at least 3 of those. Let me know how it comes out!

  3. Kate says:

    I made a half-batch of this yesterday to try when I needed a break from school work (oh, grad school), and it turned out beautifully! Set really well, and with the fresh ginger that I used, it had a really bright, tangy flavor.

    Thanks for the recipe!

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