Saturday, 2 August 2014

bitter grapefruit and whisky* marmalade

my girl kat brought me a whole lot of home grown fruit recently that she got from work..several of her colleagues had taken apples, lemons and grapefruit to work for anyone to help themselves but because there were so few takers i became the lucky recipient..i've made a few different things as well as this marmalade but i still have many kilos of fruit left..none of it will be wasted

bitter grapefruit and whisky marmalade
tea with hazel
makes 5 jars


1 kilo grapefruit
1 kilo sugar**
1 litre filtered water
1/3 cup whisky (i used chivas regal that was gifted to me by a friend for cooking)


~ cut the grapefruit in quarters, remove and retain any seeds, and then slice the fruit finely
~ place the seeds in a muslin square and tie up into a sachet with string
~ place the grapefruit and sachet in a large saucepan, add water, and leave overnight or for about 12 hours
~ boil the fruit for 30 minutes
~ add warmed sugar but do not allow to boil until the sugar has completely dissolved
~ once the sugar has dissolved boil rapidly, stirring every now and again, until set has been reached
~ add whisky and boil for a minute to cook out the alcohol
~ squeeze the seed sachet to extract as much pectin possible and discard the sachet
~ ladle the marmalade into warm sterilised jars and cap immediately

*   'whisky' denotes scottish whisky whereas the spelling 'whiskey' denotes irish or american whiskey
** i tasted the jam as it was reaching set and it was not sweet enough so, after removing the jam from the heat, i added an extra 250 gms of sugar..after the sugar had dissolved i brought it back to the boil and set was reached quickly

i really like the bitter flavour of you?

this post submitted to punk domestics


  1. Hello Jane, I love the colour of your marmalade, the addition of whisky is interesting too! My mum loves grapefruit and also makes marmalade...I have to admit I am a later comer to both of these tastes and flavours. Grapefruit still makes my lips pucker but I do enjoy marmalade occasionally. I have a Vegemite habit that is very hard to kick!

    Have fun with the rest of that lovely fruit x

  2. Love marmalade and love the fact that I'm the only one in this family who likes it...slightly greedy probably.
    As for whisky and whiskey, well there you go...I had no idea.

    1. it's nice to have something that's just yours brydie..especially when your life revolves around the needs of others..x

  3. kate zogli wilcox5 August 2014 at 01:28

    Bitter marmalade bitter chocolate the bitterness of good coffee. Bitter flavour has a great part to play in our taste buds!

    1. hi's so good to hear from you..i wish i could sit with you and chat over a bitter sweet greek coffee..x