Let’s make delicious Yuzu marmalade together while yuzu fruits are in season in Australia. It takes a little time and effort, but carefully made yuzu marmalade is exceptionally delicious without a strong pungent taste. I will show you how to make yuzu marmalade with a refreshing aroma, pleasant acidity and an exquisite sweet and sour flavour.
What is Yuzu Marmalade?
Yuzu marmalade is a fruit preserve made from the yuzu citrus fruit. The yuzu peel is simmered in boiling water three times and then cooked with sugar to thicken to a marmalade. The natural pectin contained in and around the yuzu seeds will thicken the marmalade. Marmalade made from yuzu fruit is rich with a unique aroma and can be used for flavouring savory dishes and sweets. So you can enjoy both the unique sweet and sour taste.
You will Love this Yuzu Marmalade Recipe Because…
Only two ingredients required yuzu citrus fruit and sugar.
Yuzu marmalade can be added to sweeten various dishes.
How to Choose the Ingredients
Yuzu : Choose yuzu fruit which has a beautiful scent, the skin should be taut, the fruit firm with as few scratches as possible. Avoid squishy and wrinkled skin yuzu and choose fruit which feels heavy when you hold it. If it is light, it may be dry inside.
Sugar: Sugar is added not just for sweetening but to draw out the moisture from the yuzu peel to simmer the marmalade in without adding additional water as well as extracting the unique yuzu flavour. I use granulated sugar which gives a nice result without altering the yuzu flavour.
How to Make Yuzu Marmalade
1. Cut the yuzu fruit in half and remove the seeds and segments and soak the skins in water for 30 minutes to soften the white part of the skin.
2. Scrape the white part of the skin out with a spoon.
3. Cut up the peel.
4. Bring the water to a boil and then simmer for a few minutes and then discard the cooking water. Repeat this process 3 times.
5. Place prepared yuzu peel, seeds and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat and cook till the liquid is reduced and becomes thicker.
6. Pour into a sterilized preserving container.
Tips & Tricks
1. The key point in making yuzu marmalade without the bitter pungent taste is to remove as much of the white part of the skin as you can. Also remember to repeat the boil, simmer and discarding of the cooking water process three times to remove the bitter taste.
2. Don’t discard the seeds as they contain pectin which will thicken the marmalade. Turn the heat off when the marmalade is still a little loose as it will thicken when it cools.
How to Use Yuzu Marmalade
Yuzu marmalade can be used not only for spreading on toast and pancakes, but also as a topping for ice cream or yogurt. It can also be used as a secret ingredient for various dishes and as a key flavour for sweets and baked goods.
How to Store and How Long Will it Keep
Store the marmalade in a preserving jar which has been sterilized by boiling. Storing period will depend on the ratio of sugar used to the amount of yuzu peel used. This marmalade is made with a sugar content of 80% and it should keep for at least 6 months at room temperature unopened. After opening, refrigerate and use within 2 weeks. Reference
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- 6 yuzu citrus fruits The yuzu I used weighed about 13oz/380g
- 3/4 cups granulated sugar 80% of prepared yuzu peel weight*2
- 3 tbsp Yuzu juice or 50 ml from the 6 yuzu fruits
- Cut the yuzu fruit in half and remove the segments and seeds*3. Soak the skins in a bowl of water for at least 30 minutes.
- Drain the soaking water and scrape the white part of the yuzu skin out with a spoon
- Slice the yuzu skin into roughly 0.2 inch(5mm) thick pieces.
- Boil water in a saucepan and simmer the yuzu skins for a few minutes and repeat this process 2 more times.
- Drain the yuzu peel and put it in a small saucepan with the sugar, seeds* and yuzu juice over medium heat.
- Cook over low to medium heat till the liquid reduces and thickens. Turn the heat off while it is still a little loose*4 and remove the seeds.
- Pour it into a prepared preserving jar.