This canned grapefruit jam recipe is tangy and terrific. Give it a try today!
While many around the country are experiencing the first signs of spring, here in upstate NY, it's still very much winter… in fact, we won't see much fresh produce here that isn't grown indoors until near the end of April.
However, despite the still-frigid temperatures, a few days of sunshine had my mind wandering toward warmer days…and although citrus season is still in full swing, I decided to change up my normal canning routine by making a citrus jam rather than a marmalade, which always tend to be a bit more on the bitter side due to the inclusion of the fruit peel.
I love that this jam only has two ingredients. You don't even need pectin here, as the combination of the grapefruit and sugar provides enough to give a good jammy set without it.
You can always add more flavors if you like, such as vanilla bean, but if you are preserving this in a water bath canner make sure that you stick to the ratio of fruit to sugar here. This ensures you have a safe product to enjoy all year long!
If you do reduce the sugar or swap in another type of sweetener such as honey or low-calorie sweetener, I recommend keeping this jam in the refrigerator rather than processing it.
When selecting your grapefruits, look for ones that are heavy but firm. The shape should be rounded, but with a bit of a flattened bottom and top. Perfectly round fruits will likely be bitter and underripe!
This grapefruit jam has just the right amount of tang, and once the prep work is done, cooks up rather quickly into a gorgeous ruby spread. It's just perfect over homemade biscuits or as the feature in angel food jam cake.
I imagine it would be just as lovely with pink grapefruit or a combination of both red and pink, and I hope you'll give it a try.
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