Citrus Sections

Have your own canned grapefruit or orange sections on hand for fruit salads or desserts. An average of about 1 kg (2 lb) fruit yields two – 500 ml jars.


  • Oranges or Grapefruits
  • Sugar syrup or citrus juice or water


  • Place the required number of clean 500 ml or 1 L mason jars on a rack in a boiling water canner; cover jars with water and heat to a simmer (180°F/82°C). Set screw bands aside. Heat SNAP LID® sealing discs in hot water, not boiling (180°F/82°C). Keep jars and lids hot until ready to use.
  • Wash and peel fruit; remove white pith to prevent a bitter taste. Separate into sections.
  • Prepare syrup in canner batch quantities-approximately 5 cups (1250 ml) for 7-500 ml jars; 10 1/2 cups (2625 ml) for 7 L jars. In large stainless steel saucepan, combine water and sugar for desired syrup type (see chart); bring to a boil. If using water or fruit juice, place juice or water in saucepan; bring to a boil.
  • Syrup for 7 – 1 L jars
  • Syrup Type Water Granulated sugar
  • Very light 10 1/2 cups (2625 ml) 1 1/4 cup (300 ml)
  • Light 9 cups (2250 ml) 2 1/4 cups (550 ml)
  • Medium 8 1/4 cups (2050 ml) 3 3/4 cups (925 ml)
  • Pack citrus sections into a hot jar to within 3/4 inch (2 cm) of top rim. Add hot syrup to cover citrus to within 1/2 inch (1 cm) of top rim (headspace). Using nonmetallic utensil, remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if required, by adding more citrus sections and hot syrup. Wipe jar rim removing any food residue. Centre hot sealing disc on clean jar rim. Screw band down until resistance is met, then increase to fingertip tight. Return filled jar to rack in canner. Repeat for remaining citrus sections and hot syrup.
  • When canner is filled, ensure that all jars are covered by at least one inch (2.5 cm) of water. Cover canner and bring water to full rolling boil before starting to count processing time. At altitudes up to 1000 ft (305 m), process – boil filled jars – 10 minutes.*
  • When processing time is complete, turn stove off, remove canner lid, wait 5 minutes, then remove jars without tilting and place them upright on a protected work surface. Cool upright, undisturbed 24 hours; DO NOT RETIGHTEN screw bands.
  • After cooling check jar seals. Sealed lids curve downward and do not move when pressed. Remove screw bands; wipe and dry bands and jars. Store screw bands separately or replace loosely on jars, as desired. Label and store jars in a cool, dark place. For best quality, use home canned foods within one year.