Jam Off! Elderflower Marmalade Mania….

The Jam Off on Tuesday was great fun! CFD convinced me to bring my elderflower marmalade – and I am glad she did!

Turns out the elderflower marmalade had an appreciative audience and scored the ‘fruitest blend’ award! Awesome! Check out the Jam Off Aftermath… And there is a great after match analysis on the Xero site too…

The feedback has been great – and pressure to produce the recipe immense. Unfortunately it is a top-secret family recipe – yeah right!

It is no secret –  it was completely made up one balmy summer evening in an attempt to reduce my ‘carbon footprint’ and not let the cast-offs of elderflower cordial making go to waste. So here is…

The Pump House Cottage Elderflower Marmalade

40 Elderflower heads –  Rinse and de-bug and place in a large container/bucket (4L or bigger).

4 Oranges & 10 Lemons, pare off zest, cut up the remainder and add all to the elderflowers.

Combine 1.25 kg of sugar with 1 Litre of boiling water – stir until sugar dissolves.

Pour the boiling sugar solution over the unsuspecting elderflowers, zest etc.

Combine 50g of citric acid together with a cup of boiling water, stir to dissolve, and add to the elderflower party.

Stir, stir, stir… a good 10 seconds of industrious stirring should do it.

Cover the container with a tea towel – and leave for 5 days.

After the 5 days of steeping, sieve through muslin – keeping both the elderflower/citrus mulch and the liquid – Viola! You have now made elderflower cordial & have the ‘pulp’ for your elderflower marmalade!

Bottle up your elderflower cordial – it will be good for a couple of months – and is excellent diluted with a dolop of Gin & a splash of soda water…

Take the elderflower/citrus mulch leftover from the cordial straining and remove the elderflowers (thanks but we don’t need you anymore!)

Cut the zest and pulp up (I don’t like to have great lumps in my marmalade so I cut it up as finely as I could).

Place in a saucepan & ‘just’ cover the pulp with some of your elderflower cordial. Cook gently until a test piece of zest is tender to bite.

Weigh the mixture and add 75% of this weight in sugar i.e. if it weighs about 800g, add 600g of sugar (mine is usually around this…). Cook until suitably jammy. My setting test was pure guess-work (i.e. hey man it looks like jam now!) You may want to use a more scientific method.

Pour the hot marmalade into jars and ta da! Elderflower marmalade – Yum!

Unfortunately it is a seasonal recipe as elderflowers only make a 6 week appearance in october/november time here in NZ – so mark your calendars and plan to make a big batch next summer. I know I will be!

See you next year at Jam Off 2011!

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11 Responses to “Jam Off! Elderflower Marmalade Mania….”


  1. 1 Catherine March 5, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Your marmalade was sooooo good. Enter #jamoff into the twitter search field to see a load of other people raving about it!

  2. 2 Penny December 6, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    I went to get my bucket of elderflowers, lemons and oranges ready to make the marmalade but noticed that it has started fermenting. Will it still be OK to use?

    • 3 the tea lady December 7, 2010 at 8:36 am

      This happened to me for one bucket too – it was a bit warm where I was keeping it! I threw mine away – but I kept thinking of my mum – she would have still used it! Better to be safe then sorry I think…

  3. 4 Elaine brown June 29, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    I have just made your marmalade (it’s summer here in the UK) we really love it and the cordial is very popular with friends and family, we like it with soda water.

  4. 5 em409 June 29, 2012 at 3:16 am

    I made a very ad hoc elderflower marmalade last year (basically shoved some preserving sugar, cordial, water and the leftover citrus in a pan post-cordial making) and it was lovely. Wish I’d written down the exact amounts….but as I didn’t I directed people over here from my latest post (www.thetrailmixblog.wordpress.com). You have some lovely recipes – thanks for sharing.
    Em

  5. 6 Bernie Wong May 30, 2013 at 9:43 am

    I can’t wait to try this! Elderflowers in my backyard coming into bloom, and I love marmalade!

  6. 7 Michael Riddle June 22, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Made 10 litres of the stuff but with radically different ratios – 40 elder flower heads to 2 oranges plus 2 lemons, 1.7 litres water and 900gm sugar and 50g citric acid. Tastes great but should have used less sugar – next time will try with just 600gm sugar.
    Marmalade yielded 2500gm (started with 3000gm fruit) including just 700gm sugar. Tastes great.Thanks for pointing us in the right direction for marmalade, would never have thought of it otherwise.
    Think Americans like cordial and marmalade much sweeter than us Brits.
    Still loads of fronds on our tree for elderberry cordial in the Autumn!


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