Mandarin marmalade (mandarin jam) is a winter preserve with a citrusy and intense flavour, ideal for spreading on rusks or toasted bread, but also excellent for filling croissants and pies: ideal for those who love jams that are not too sweet. The tangerines will first be blanched and then cut into pieces with all the peel, so as to make the jam less sour, they will then have to be blended and cooked only with sugar, to obtain a natural and genuine product. The only care will be to eliminate all the seeds before preparation: however, you will be rewarded by an exquisite preserve. Here’s how to make it at home in just a few steps.
FOR 8 PEOPLE
Ready in: 1 hour
Calories in tangerine jam recipe: 2030
PREPARATION FOR ABOUT 850 GR OF JAM
MANDARINS 1 Kg • 43 kcal
SUGAR 400 gr • 750 kcal
The calories refer to 100 grams of the product
How to make tangerine jam
Begin the preparation of the mandarin jam (mandarin marmalade) by sanitizing the jars. Meanwhile, rinse the tangerines and remove the stem. Heat the water in a saucepan and, as soon as it begins to boil, pour in the mandarins, which must be blanched for about 5 minutes. Once ready, drain and arrange them on a tray lined with kitchen paper, let them dry a little and then divide them into wedges, leaving the peel. Remove all seeds and blend for a few seconds. Then pour them into a saucepan, add the sugar and simmer, stirring constantly: the mixture will have to cook for about 40-50 minutes.
Check with a kitchen thermometer that the temperature does not exceed 108 °: once this temperature has been reached, turn off the heat and blend the jam with the hand blender. Now pour the hot tangerine jam (mandarin marmalade) into the sterilized jars, without reaching the brim. Close them well and turn them upside down, letting them cool. As soon as the jam has cooled, check that the vacuum has been carried out correctly: press the centre of the cap and, if you don’t hear the click-clack, then the vacuum has been done correctly. Wait at least a couple of weeks before enjoying it.
For the preparation of this homemade tangerine jam (mandarin jam), we recommend the use of organically grown tangerines, as you will also use the peel.
If you don’t have an immersion blender, use a vegetable mill.
Those who prefer can prepare the mandarin jam (mandarin marmalade) without white sugar, which you can replace with whole cane sugar, or with other natural sweeteners such as honey, stevia or agave syrup.
You can keep the tangerine marmalade in the pantry: a cool, dry place away from light and heat for 3 months. Once the jar is open, put the jam in the fridge and consume it within a few days.