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Clementine Marmalade. With only 2 ingredients!

Clementine Marmalade. With only 2 ingredients! This magical recipe is perfect for Christmas gift giving too. People rave about this marmalade.

One jar of clementine marmalade pictured with croissants and fresh clemntines

Clementine Marmalade. Only 2 ingredients!

How much do we love this clementine marmalade at our house? In the last week, we have made over 30 eight ounce bottles!

Since we made it for the first time this year, both Spouse and I have enjoyed it on our morning toast or bagels practically every day. We simply could not get enough of it.

Close up photo of a slice of toast with clememtine marmalade on a white plate

Clementine marmalade on our morning toast has been an addiction this month. So delicious!

Knowing full well that Christmas clementines are seasonally available in for only a few weeks, we felt the second batch definitely had to be made! We may make a third batch yet!

I absolutely want to have this taste of sunshine available to enjoy all year round.

fresh organic clementines picked with green leaves

Make this amazing marmalade while clementines are in season.

I am particularly fond or our standard recipe for Orange Marmalade, but this one is even more special. I think because the peels are so thin, with very little of the white spongy pith layer, this marmalade has a softer, sweeter flavour with less of a bitter edge.

Sliced clementines ready for the pot

Sliced clementines ready for the pot.

 

The clementine sugar and water mixture after being left overnight

The clementine sugar and water mixture after being left overnight

Clementine Marmalade for Christmas.

This marmalade is one of the best Christmas gift giving ideas we have ever featured too. It ticks a lot of boxes when it comes to a thoughtful gift!

First, with only 2 ingredients, clementines and sugar, it is quite economical to make. I bought a 3 lb box of clementines on sale for under 5 dollars, making it even more budget friendly.

Overhead close up photo of open marmalade bottle and a slice of toast with title text added for Pinterest

Food gifts, are gifts of time, which express affection and thoughtfulness. Nothing says you care like a gift of your time, and that’s exactly what this is. 

Be sure to include a note card with the recipe. If they start to make it themselves, they will always be reminded of you when they do.

One jar of clementine Marmalade pictured with croissants

A spiced variation.

A delicious variation, is one you can find in my Christmas Cookbook but I will share here as well.

Rock Recipes Christmas Cookbook cover

That recipe calls for a mixture of oranges and clementines but it is easily adapted to this recipe made with all clementines. 

The only change you need to make is to add the spices. You do this on the second day.

Photo of Clementine Marmalade from Rock Recipes Christmas Cookbook

A spiced version for Christmas. Perfect for gift giving!

As you are boiling the marmalade on the second day, add 2 cinnamon sticks, 1 tsp allspice and 1/4 tsp of cloves. Of course, you will remove the cinnamon sticks before bottling, but this mild spicing makes it even more Christmas-y and delicious without overpowering the flavour of the clementines.

Overhead photo of marmalade, bread and christmas decorations all on a white tablecloth

A delicious addition to a Holiday or weekend brunch.

I think you will be mightily impressed by this very simple clementine marmalade, as will anyone receiving it at the Holidays. Season’s greetings!

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Christmas Clementine Marmalade on toast with title text added for Pinterest

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One jar of clementine marmalade pictured with croissants and fresh clemntines
Yield: 8 eight ounce jars (Serving = 1 tbsp)

Clementine Marmalade. With only 2 ingredients!

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Additional Time: 12 hours
Total Time: 15 hours

Clementine Marmalade. With only 2 ingredients! This magical recipe is perfect for Christmas gift giving too. People rave about this marmalade.

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds of clementines 
  • 8 cups water
  • 8 cups sugar

Instructions

  1. Whether you are using organic fruit or not, wash the clementines very well before using them.
  2. Cut each clementine in half, then slice the into very thin slices. You'll need your sharpest knife for this.
  3. Add the slices to the water along with the sugar in a large pot or dutch oven. (Use only stainless steel or ceramic lined pots. The acid in the citrus fruit will react with aluminum.)
  4. Slowly bring the mixture to a slow boil, ensuring that the sugar is fully dissolved, then remove from the heat and cover the pot.
  5. Leave the mixture in the pot at room temperature overnight.
  6. Next day, slowly bring the pot to a slow rolling boil for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  7. After 2 hours, increase the heat to about medium and begin to take the temperature of the marmalade. You want to take the mixture to between 220 and 225 degrees F on a candy thermometer. This is the temperature needed for the pectin to set.
  8. Remove the marmalade from the heat and let it cool before adding it to sterilized mason jars and processing in a water bath to ensure a good seal on the jars as instructed by the bottle manufacturer.
  9. Store in a cool dark place. 

Notes

For a spiced version

As you are boiling the marmalade on the second da, add 2 cinnamon sticks, 1 tsp allspice and 1/4 tsp of cloves to the pot. Of course, you will remove the cinnamon sticks before bottling, but this mild spicing makes it even more Christmas-y and delicious without overpowering the flavour of the clementines.

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Buddy

Monday 18th of January 2021

We're enjoying my first batch! Next time, however, I'll cut the slices as thin as 1/16th inch using a mandolin and also make the length of the rinds 1/8 of circumference rather than 1/2 to improve spread-ability. And, I found mixing in 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract reduces bitterness even when added to a cup of the marmalade at the end just before storing.

Margie Z

Sunday 10th of January 2021

Making your marmalade here for the first time... Hoping it turns out ok. I was just curious if the 3lbs is measured before the fruit is all cut up or after...

belinda beairsto

Friday 8th of January 2021

You say 'let it cool before bottling'. Normally, you bottle right away, then water bath. Am I missing something here? Just bought clementines and am anxious to make.

Julian

Monday 28th of December 2020

This turned out perfectly and delicious. I made it with clementines, lemon and grapefruit. Giving some away as New Year's gifts. I ended up adding cardamom, real saffron and cloves to it. Took it to 103 C and it set to a perfect, but a little bit of run to it, consistency.

Leanne

Sunday 20th of December 2020

Can I swap out the clementines for California mandarines or will I have to change the ratios?

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