Updated June 1, 2023
Our friends at Pomona’s Universal Pectin wanted to share this Sunrise Marmalade recipe with us. The recipe is from their book Preserving with Pomona’s Pectin by Allison Carroll Duffy (Fair Winds Press, June 2013). The marmalade is slightly spiced with a nice sweetness. Think carrot cake and spice cake flavors.
Allison says, if it’s possible to have a marmalade version of a delectable carrot cake, this is it. It’s lightly spiced and lusciously sweet, and when spread generously on dark bread with a bit of butter, this delicious marmalade is a perfect way to greet the morning.
Yield: 4 to 5 cups / 4-5 8oz. jars
Before You Begin: Prepare calcium water. To do this, combine ½ teaspoon calcium powder (in the small packet in your box of Pomona’s pectin) with ½ cup water in a small, clear jar with a lid. Shake well. Extra calcium water may be stored in the refrigerator for future use.
Wondering what calcium water is? Calcium water is a solution of the monocalcium phosphate powder (food-grade rock mineral source) that comes in its own packet with every purchase of Pomona’s Pectin. The Pomona’s Pectin directions tell you how to make calcium water with the calcium powder. Pomona’s Pectin recipes call for calcium water because the pectin is activated by calcium, not by sugar. You can read more about calcium water here.
Wash your jars, lids, and bands. Place jars in canner, fill canner 2/3 full with water, bring canner to a rolling boil, and boil jars for 10 minutes to sterilize them. (Add 1 extra minute of sterilizing time for every 1000 feet above sea level.) Reduce heat and allow jars to remain in hot canner water until ready to use. Place lids in water in a small sauce pan, heat to a low simmer, and hold until ready to use.
In a separate bowl, combine sugar and pectin powder. Mix thoroughly and set aside.
Can Your Marmalade: Remove jars from canner and ladle jam into hot jars, leaving ¼ inch of headspace. Remove trapped air bubbles, wipe rims with a damp cloth, put on lids and screw bands, and tighten to fingertip tight. Lower filled jars into canner, ensuring jars are not touching each other and are covered with at least 1 to 2 inches of water. Place lid on canner, return to a rolling boil, and process for 10 minutes. (Add 1 extra minute of processing time for every 1000 feet above sea level). Turn off heat and allow canner to sit untouched for 5 minutes, then remove jars and allow to cool undisturbed for 12 to 24 hours. Confirm that jars have sealed, then store properly.
TIP: For canning safety, don’t increase the quantity of the carrots in this recipe, and remember to use bottled lemon juice.
TIP: Keep It Equal
If you have too much fruit and need to get rid of some to meet the required 4-cup quantity, be sure that you remove solids and liquids equally. This is very important in maintaining both the proper consistency and proper acidity of the final product. Don’t pour off the liquid—instead, remove extra solids and liquids from the measuring cup one spoonful at a time, making an effort to remove liquid spoonfuls and solid spoonfuls in roughly equal quantities.