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My home-made marmalade won't set. Can I open the jars and add pectin?

Asked by kfingerman (992points) February 22nd, 2010

I made marmalade for the first time yesterday. It never really jelled. Now I have lots of jars full of tasty citrus sauce. Can I open the jars, bring it back to a boil, add some pectin and reprocess?

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hannahsugs's avatar

I have in the past made a jelly that didn’t gel. We re-opened the jars and re-boiled, as you describe. Of course, we also re-sterilized the jars and everything, and just started fresh. We didn’t add pectin, we just made sure to do the boiling properly the second time around so that it got to the right temperature. However, if you wish to add pectin, you could do it that way as well.

In short, yes, your idea should work, or at least won’t hurt.

faye's avatar

I have done this before too. Keep one unset one as a glaze for pork roasts or tenderloins.

Ltryptophan's avatar

I think it should work.

YARNLADY's avatar

Yes, just repeat as before, including sterilizing the jars.

WestRiverrat's avatar

When we make chokecherry or mulberry jam that doesn’t set, we just use it as syrup on pancakes, crepes and waffles.

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