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Tangelo Marmalade

makes 16 ounces

My mother loves marmalade, so there was always a jar in the fridge for toast or PB&J sandwiches when I was growing up. I loved the rich orange color, I loved the little wisps of rind, and I loved the “adult” flavor–sweet and bitter at the same time.

Read more about this recipe at Vegan Yum Yum.


about 1 pound tangelos (or other citrus fruit)
3 cups water
2 cups sugar


prep: 40 minutes
total: 1 hour 20 minutes


large pot
cheesecloth or fine sieve


1. Wash your fruit well and use a regular vegetable peeler to remove the zest. Take the zest off in wide strips, 1-2″ long. Discard 50% of the zest, leaving only the pieces that are in the best condition (no discoloration, etc).

2. Chop the zest. I prefer to julienne it (it’s just so gosh darn pretty that way), but any kind of small cut will do just fine.

3. Boil the zest in water for 10 minutes, then strain. Boil again in fresh water until tender - the time to tenderness will depend on how you cut your zest. Strain and set aside once tender.

4. Meanwhile, chop up your fruit. You can remove the white pith if desired. Add fruit and water to a large sauce pot (you’ll need a lot of room in there, once the sugar starts to boil the volume will increase considerably). Boil the fruit and water for 15-20 minutes. You can use a potato masher to crush the fruit a bit if desired.

5. Let the fruit/water mixture sit until it’s cool enough to handle, then strain out the juice with cheesecloth or a fine sieve. 

6. Add the juice, the zest and the sugar back to the pot. Boil for 15-20 minutes until a small amount of the the marmalade “sets-up” on a cold spoon or dish. The longer the marmalade cools, the thicker it will get. (Don’t worry if your marmalade doesn’t set up super-firm, it’s still tasty and will make a great glaze.)

7. Turn off the heat and let the marmalade sit for 20 minutes or so. Then pour it into jars. If you wish to preserve/can the marmalade, now is when you’d process it in a Boiling Water Bath. Without a BW bath, the marmalade must be refrigerated and consumed within several days. For canning instructions, follow the directions included with your canning jars.

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