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Orange Marmalade

Do you want your home to smell citrus fresh, then try this delicious recipe for orange marmalade. I had a big bag of oranges in my refrigerator that no one in my family had touched. My guys are much more found of apples and pears, so most of my citrus will get left for me to cook with. I had never made marmalade before, so I searched the internet to find the best tips on making marmalade. I don’t like marmalade that is too bitter, so I made sure to discard the white peel and the seeds. Many recipes called for just slicing the oranges thinly with a mandoline. In this recipe, I used a vegetable peeler to peel off the outer peel of the orange, and discarded the thick white peel. I also added regular powdered pectin. I used orange juice instead of lots of added water for extra flavor. You can definitely use water instead of the juice. Using the juice produces a very full flavor marmalade. It tastes nothing like a store bought marmalade. It is full of orangy goodness. I told my husband it tastes like sunny Florida in a jar, yum.


Orange Marmalade


7 medium oranges
2 lemons
4 cups sugar
4 cups orange juice
1 package pectin
2 cups water


Peel oranges with a vegetable peeler. Remove the white parts of the oranges and discard. Chop the orange segments, being sure to remove any seeds and add to a large pot.

Zest lemons and add to pot. Juice lemons, and add their juice to the pot. Add sugar and orange juice.
Bring orange mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Add pectin and water to a separate sauce pan and bring to a boil. Boil until thickened, then add to orange mixture.

Simmer oranges until they have reduced, are darker in color, and have thickened. You can test for doneness by dropping some of the marmalade on a frozen plate, and let it sit for 30 seconds. Tilt the plate, if it still runs, its not done. If it's soft set, then it is done. Remove marmalade from heat and start canning.

10 Responses to “Orange Marmalade”

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    Tickled Red — April 1, 2010 @ 2:03 pm

    Yum! What I could do with that marmalade. Orange decadence on a spoon 🙂
    .-= Tickled Red´s last blog ..Little Bites of Goodness: Part Four of Four =-.

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    MaryMoh — April 1, 2010 @ 4:55 pm

    This looks delicious. I love the texture. Best is it’s homemade. I love marmalade. I add to cottage cheese, too. It’s delicious.
    .-= MaryMoh´s last blog ..Chicken And Sichuan Preserved Vegetable =-.

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    Maria — April 1, 2010 @ 9:08 pm

    You can’t beat homemade marmalade!

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    Stella — April 1, 2010 @ 8:34 pm

    Nice, I have orange and lemon trees in my neighborhood, so i’m going to copy this to my files. Thanks and looks great by the way…
    .-= Stella´s last blog ..Vegan Chocolate Ganache =-.

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    theUngourmet — April 1, 2010 @ 8:55 pm

    I adore orange marmalade! I’ve only made jam twice so far…ginger-pear and strawberry. I’d love to try your recipe. I can imagine how wonderful it made your house smell! 🙂
    .-= theUngourmet´s last blog ..Lemon Blueberry Poppy Seed Muffins =-.

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    redkathy — April 2, 2010 @ 2:47 am

    Hi Angie, love the marmalade. Does look like Florida sunshine in a jar. I’ll bet mid summer we’ll be wishing we could put a lid on that sunshine. I never tried making marmalade, sounds pretty easy and looks delish! Wishing you and yours a Happy, Blessed holiday.
    .-= redkathy´s last blog ..Happy Anniversary Grill and Rib Eye Steak =-.

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    marla {family fresh cooking} — April 10, 2010 @ 1:19 pm

    I have never thought to make marmalade. Great idea with all that citrus! Sounds wonderful 🙂

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    raks — November 15, 2010 @ 3:05 pm

    hi always wanted to marmalade ,but never got a easy recipe like yours.Thank you.
    Just one question when do i add the orange juice.

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      Angie — November 15, 2010 @ 3:14 pm

      I updated and corrected the recipe, see above, and thanks for catching that!

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    raakhee — December 6, 2010 @ 6:00 pm

    love the recipe,easy then other recipes on the net,just wanted to know how many jars of marmalade will I get using this quantity.
    Thank you