How to Easily Can Mandarin Oranges

Have you got your own citrus trees or access in inexpensive oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, tangelos, clementines, lemons, limes or other citrus? Making and canning your own citrus easy. Here’s how to do it, in easy steps. If your looking for a banana jam recipe or other jam recipe and directions, click here!

Canning Citrus Directions:

1. Clean your jars, rings and lids.
2. Peel the fruit.
3. Pull the segments apart or slice the oranges and lemons in segments or in half; however you like!
4. Pack sterilized jars with Mandarin segments, leaving about 1/2 space at the top of the jar.
5. Prepare your syrup solution. Obviously, there needs to be some type of liquid around the fruit in the jars. It is up to you whether you want to use a light or heave sugar solution, plain water , or an artificial sweetener solution. If you want a sugar solution, a very light, light, or medium syrup work best. Adding syrup to canned fruit helps to retain its flavor, color and shape.

“The sugar does not actually preserve the mandarins. Preservation is achieved through the canning process and water bath technique. You could just add hot water to the jars if you wanted no added sugar. I went with a 2:1 ratio of water to sugar. I found I used about 1/2 cup of solution for each pint of mandarins. I combined 6 cups of water with 3 cups of sugar. Place the solution over medium high heat stirring to dissolve the sugar. Bring solution to a boil and immediately pour over packed jars of fruit. Slide a knife down the edge of each jar to release any air bubbles. I found an offset spatula worked great for this step.” tip from Nicole (Arctic Garden Studio.)

6. Place lids and rings on jars.
7. Place jars in a boiling water bath and boil for 15 minutes. You will need to adjust the time if you are living above 6,000 feet.
8. Ensure the jars are sealed. Any unsealed jars should go directly into the fridge. Sealed jars can be stored in a cool dark place for up to 9 months.

Food blogger Arctic Garden Studio shares on her site exactly how to do this. Head over there for her full instructions.

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