Monday, 25 February 2013

Mandarin Orange Marmalade

We used to buy big carton of mandarin oranges each year till I felt so bad throwing them away at the end of the 15 days celebration.  Thus for the past few years, I will seek out the smallest packaging.  

According to Chinese, eating too much Mandarin Orange is bad for you.  To my knowledge, it is a heaty fruit that you can't eat too much as you tend to get sore throat after.  

Few years ago, a doctor client advise me to wash the oranges before eating.  Reason being is that the oranges are coated with a layer of pesticide and we generally just peel the skin with our bare hands and eat the fruits, unknowingly transfer the chemical into our mouth.

Ever since then, I washed all my Mandarin oranges!  So far, I noticed a change.  You might want to give this a try next year.

Anyway as usual, I ended up with more oranges than I gave out.  Don't ask me why.  Since today is the last day of Lunar New Year, I think I better start finishing it up before they hit the bin.

I decided to turn them into Mandarin Orange Marmalade instead.  

Over in the cyber world, recipes found are more or less the same.  So here is my random pick.

Initally hubby feels that it is too sweet.  After chilling it in the fridge, I feels that sweetness is just right.

I was too lazy to give the skin a blitz in the blender which I should.  Overall, though I don't really fancy marmalade as I find them very sweet to my liking but homemade ones changed my attitude towards it.

What you need:

486g or 8 Mandarin Oranges (scrubbed and washed)
1 lemon juiced
300g sugar
2 cup water


Peel oranges and keep the skin.

Remove seeds and membrane, leaving only the orange flesh.

Using a sharp knife, slice the pith off the orange skin, leaving the rind.  Slice the rind into thin strips. 

Put rind in a pot and filled it with water.  Just enough to cover it.  Boiled the rind for 10 mins.  Repeat two more times to remove the bitterness.

Chop the orange flesh roughly.  

Put the orange rind, flesh, lemon juice, sugar and water in a pot and bring it to a boil. Remove scrum if any.  Stir constantly.

Simmer until it pass the sheet test. (More information here)

Store in sterilized jars.

Hope you like it.


  1. Great way to save your mandarins from the bin...lucky me never had any left over fruits lol!

    1. Jeannie, you are a good planner. I always have so much left over till it rot.

  2. What a great way to use the leftover mandarin oranges! If only I had stumbled onto your recipe earlier... we were busy finishing the oranges last weekend.. now there's not enough mandarin oranges left to make the marmalade xD

    1. There is always next year. "wink"

  3. Oh dear, this is your new blog site! Congratulations. I was quite sad when you mentioned you've to close the other blog earlier. Glad you're still around. Love your new look.


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