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Grandma’s 3 Fruit Marmalade Recipe

Do you have a surplus of oranges, grapefruits and lemons at your disposal? Here’s a simple three fruit marmalade recipe just like Grandma used to make.

What do you do with all those gifted grapefruits when you’re not a big fan? Well, recently I was gifted a few grapefruits, the local wholefoods shop was giving away marmalade oranges and my lemon tree was dripping, so I thought it was time to follow an old-fashioned marmalade recipe, just like my mum used to make.

Stupidly I started scouring the internet for  recipes and none of them seemed to be the marmalade I remembered. Then the obviousness of the solution hit me in the face. Why don’t I go directly to the source?

A simple phone call and I had mum on the phone passing on her marmalade recipe, which it turns out was passed onto her from her mother. What a beautiful thing.

Sometimes we have to watch out that we don’t let all the information that is available on the internet stop us sharing these important rituals of passing on knowledge through generations.

3 Fruit Marmalade Recipe

Grandma’s 3 Fruit Marmalade Recipe

  • 2 oranges
  • 2 grapefruits
  • 2 lemons
  • Sugar


Cut fruit up finely, removing pips. Add 2 & 1/4 cups of water for every 1 cup of fruit. Soak overnight.

The next day, boil the mixture for one hour or longer.

3 Fruit Marmalade Recipe

For every one litre of fruit and liquid add 1.4kgs of sugar (or slightly less). To help set you can add the seeds you previously removed from the lemons and boil them either tied up in a muslin bag or in a sieve sitting in the liquid, keeping them separate from the liquid.

Boil briskly until setting point is reached. (Check this by placing a spoonful in a saucer and place in freezer to cool down, then see if set.)

Cool slightly then bottle.

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  1. Thank you for this Robyn. I totally agree about passing on knowledge through the generations and really appreciate this recipe.
    My neighbours in this new place (I have only been here for just over a year) have lots of citrus trees and I have been offered a share of the harvest so will put them to very good use.
    Bright thoughts always
    Barbara at Timmsvale NSW

  2. Hi Robyn,
    I am going to make marmalade and I was trying to remember how I used to make it with my Mum.
    It was just like this. Soaking the fruit overnight. Today my daughter is going to make it with me.
    Thank you for sharing your Grandma’s recipe I am sure it was also my Mum’s mothers recipe.
    Sally in Melbourne

  3. A big thank you for posting this. I had bought a bottle of three fruit marmalade at our Craft shop here in Denmark West Australia. The bottle was finished within a week. Going back for more, there was no more. Several time I returned but no marmalade. Lots of other preserves made by other local ladies. I was told the lady who makes the marmalade has some health problems. I left a note if she wants help, I’ll be too pleased to help her. Hoping I get to learn how too make it and get the recipe.
    Today I walked through the garden and found I have all three fruits growing for the marmalade . So…….
    now, with your recipe , I can make it in my own kitchen. Seems very simple to make. Thank you so much for sharing. I will let you know how it turn out Cheers Lia Verbunt – Meeuwsen

    1. I am so glad to hear that this recipe is being passed on. My grandma would be pleased. We have to make sure this knowledge is passed on through the generations.

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