Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Marrow and Ginger Jam

Posted by Rosie

If you grow courgettes or you know some-one who grows courgettes, sooner or later you will find you have either a courgette that got away and turned into a marrow or a marrow or 3 will be given to you by friends who have suffered the same fate.  Worse still you may even grow marrows and soon you may well find yourself drowning in them.

The courgette that grew up to be a marrow

What can you make with an excess of marrow?

Some people apparently like it lightly steamed (not my favourite I have to confess)
Various marrow chutney recipes are possible
Stuffed with mince or spiced vegetables makes a tasty meal

Or, for something a bit different, I suggest Marrow and Ginger Jam.  It may seem odd to be making jam from a marrow but I can assure when mixed with the sugar and the ginger it makes a really tasty preserve.

Marrow and Ginger Jam



  • 450g/1lb marrow (weighed after peeling) - peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 450g/1lb sugar
  • 1tsp ground ginger or 1-2oz crystallized ginger, chopped finely
  • Juice 1 large lemon 


    1. Sprinkle the sugar over the marrow, cover and let it stand overnight in a cool place.
    2. The next day put the sugar and marrow in a preserving or large pan and warm gently until the sugar has dissolved.
    3. Add the ginger then boil steadily until the cubes look transparent and the syrup has set.*
    4. Pour into hot, sterilised jam jars and cover at once.

    * to check if the syrup has set place some thinly on a cold plate.  Allow it to cool and then push it gently with your finger. if a skin has formed on the syrup that crinkles up slightly when you push it then setting point has been reached.  If not continue to boil until you do reach setting point.

    Occasionally my syrup won't set.  Don't worry if this happens to you.  If this is the case simply call it marrow and ginger sauce and eat it with ice cream, pancakes etc.

    Marrow and Ginger Jam

    Do you have any favourite marrow recipes?  I have made jam so I could do with some meal ideas now.  Merci!

    Linking up with lots of food linkies including TastyTuesday, Recipe of the Week and #NoWasteFoodChallenge


    1. Interesting flavours! would never have thought to do this with a marrow. #tastytuesdays

    2. I could do with some of this - a couple of days ago I found a courgette that both Mum and I had somehow missed several times over and had turned into a monster the length of my forearm and hand. Love the idea of adding ginger!

      1. Another option is marrow and apricot jam.

    3. I bet that works really well. Great way to use up a glut of courgette - I'll pass this onto my friend who was complaining earlier that she has too many :-)

    4. My dad always used to make marrow jam. It was always a lovely flavour although I remember one batch which turned out like marrow toffee

    5. *sniff* my late grandad used to make something similar, although I don't think he used ginger - that's inspired! Thanks so much for linking up with #recipeoftheweek. I've pinned this post to my food board and a tweet will go out later :)

      1. Thank you - maybe you can make a few pots and raise a toast to your grandad ;)

    6. So unique but bet that works really well! Wow! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays. Hope to see you tomorrow!

    7. A great way to use up marrows! I don't like marrows, if I am to be honest. Why would they appeal to anyone? I think marrow and ginger jam is a great way to use them up - adding sugar definitely improves their palatability! Thank you for sharing with the no waste food challenge :)


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