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Orange Marmalade

Orange Marmalade

Sweet Orange Marmalade

There’s just something about orange marmalade that says sunshine to me! Maybe it’s because of it’s sunny color….or maybe it’s because I just returned from sunny Arizona where we picked loads of oranges! Orange Marmalade

We didn’t just pick oranges. We also picked grapefruit and lemons! My parents have a few trees but for the real picking we head to my sister’s house. Her neighborhood was built on an old citrus orchard. She has eight mature orange trees in her backyard.

All the residential streets around her are lined with citrus trees and since everyone there already has all the citrus they could possibly ever need growing in their own yards, those trees just don’t get picked! We did our fair share of picking!  I always bring home as much as possible!

Orange Marmalade on a toasted muffin.

You know how I tend to overdo it just a teensy bit! Remember the apricots and the apple cider?

Citrus is no different. I packed one whole suitcase full with as many oranges and grapefruits as would fit.  I also had a whole duffel bag just for those round fruits. But I didn’t stop there! Nope, I stuffed every nook and cranny with an orange or a grapefruit.

Once we got to the airport we weighed the biggest suitcases first. They both were over the 50 pound limit. I quickly unzipped and pulled out 4-5 grapefruit and placed them in the smaller bags (I couldn’t even believe there was still room!) I’m not sure what the airline staff thought, but Rod just shook his head at me!

Everything made it home safely. No lost baggage, and no squished fruit! The morning after we arrived home, it was two degrees outside! TWO!!! Brrrr Chilly Brrrr!!! A fresh grapefruit brought a little comfort to me!

When I got everything unpacked, I realized I had a ton of fresh citrus! I decided to make orange marmalade to use up some of those oranges.

This marmalade only uses two ingredients; oranges (peel and all) and sugar. That’s it! Be prepared though. It does take some time to make, so plan ahead.

Homemade Orange Marmalade

5 from 4 votes
Orange Marmalade
Orange Marmalade
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 30 mins
 

Sweet orange jam

Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make marmalade, orange jam, orange marmalade
Servings: 16 cups
Calories: 226 kcal
Author: Kathy
Ingredients
  • 2 cups orange peel cut into thin strips
  • 4 cups orange pulp chopped
  • 4-6 cups sugar
Instructions
  1. Place peel in a sauce pan along with 6 cups of water. Boil for 5 minutes.

  2. Drain water and repeat: Boil for 5 minutes with 6 cups of water. 

  3. Drain water.

  4. Add pulp and 6 cups water. Boil for 5 minutes.

  5. Remove from heat and let stand for 12-18 hours.

  6. Bring mixture back to a boil and boil for 30-45 minutes until peel has softened.

  7. Turn heat to low and add sugar one cup at a time, stirring while adding to help dissolve. 

  8. Continue cooking, stirring often to avoid scorching, until mixture reaches the gelling point (30-45 minutes)

  9. Remove from heat and ladle hot marmalade into clean, sterilized half-pint jars.

  10. Freeze jam until needed, or process jars in boiling water canner for 10 minutes (adjust for altitude.) 

Recipe Notes

Plan ahead: This takes time to make and has a 12-18 hour period letting the peal and fruit sit.

Amount of sugar depends on how sweet you like your marmalade. I used 4 cups for a tarter jam. 

Recipe adapted from Ball Blue Book

 

 

Nutrition Facts
Orange Marmalade
Amount Per Serving (25 g)
Calories 226
% Daily Value*
Potassium 106mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 58g 19%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 54g
Vitamin A 3%
Vitamin C 48.8%
Calcium 3.7%
Iron 0.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I froze my marmalade after making. You can also process the jars in a boiling water canner.

Other Great Recipes to Try:

Strawberry JamSmall Batch Strawberry Jam

Plum JamPlum Jam

Homemade Apricot Jam. beyondthechickencoop.comApricot Jam

 

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36 Comments

  • Reply
    Jenny
    January 7, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Glad to see those oranges put to good use! I will try this recipe too.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      January 7, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      I can’t let any of them go to waste! 🙂

  • Reply
    Velva
    January 7, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    My parents house was situated on an old avocado and mango grove. Growing up I did not fully appreciate the fresh mangoes and avocados South Florida provided. I definitely would be over the moon now.
    This is a beautiful orange marmalade. Citrus is at its peak and this is stunning.

    Velva

    • Reply
      Kathy
      January 8, 2017 at 6:42 am

      I’ve never had a fresh picked mango! There’s nothing better than homegrown! Too bad you still don’t have access to all those avocados and mangoes!

  • Reply
    Geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen
    January 7, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Oh my goodness, Kathy – I would have loved to be behind you at the airport – I would have had a good laugh watching all your reconjiggering! Glad you got it all home and made good use of it – the marmalade is such a gorgeous color. Happy New Year to you and yours!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      January 8, 2017 at 7:30 pm

      Ha! I’m sure I gave someone a great laugh! 🙂 I’m all about providing entertainment!

  • Reply
    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
    January 8, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Ha! Leave it to you to find citrus fruit to harvest, Kathy! I am so envious of your sister living in a place with so many orange trees. This beautiful marmalade is the perfect way to use up some of that fruit! I can’t believe it all survived the trip!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      January 8, 2017 at 7:31 pm

      I know! I just tend to go a bit overboard, sometimes! 🙂

  • Reply
    Aunt Yvonne
    January 8, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    I am so jealous I miss oranges so much from the trees ( not the store) you know what i mean

    • Reply
      Kathy
      January 8, 2017 at 3:56 pm

      I’ll share! 🙂

  • Reply
    Dawn @ Girl Heart Food
    January 9, 2017 at 4:56 am

    I wish it were warm enough around here to grow citrus fruit! That sounds amazing! Sounds like you picked so much! But, you definitely made good use of it with this beautiful marmalade. The colour is gorgeous and I bet it tastes even better 🙂

    • Reply
      Kathy
      January 10, 2017 at 4:50 am

      The marmalade is really great! It is disappearing here fast….I might have to make a second batch!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    January 9, 2017 at 5:27 am

    Haha…I totally carried a basket of peaches back as my carry-on item one time. And if I was in Arizona, I would totally bring back a whole suitcase of oranges + grapefruit, too! Love this marmalade…it really is like sunshine in a jar! 🙂

    • Reply
      Kathy
      January 10, 2017 at 4:51 am

      Peaches would be a bit more delicate to transport….but oh so worth bringing back!

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    January 9, 2017 at 6:49 am

    looks perfect Kathy! I want to taste it!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      January 10, 2017 at 4:51 am

      Thanks, Manali! 🙂

  • Reply
    Nicoletta @sugarlovespices
    January 9, 2017 at 9:44 am

    I love orange marmalade, especially made with organic fruits, just picked from Arizona trees! I would have done the same, filling every possible luggage and small bags 🙂 . I also love that it just contains fruit and sugar, my kind of jam! Beautiful, Kathy!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      January 10, 2017 at 4:51 am

      Simple is the best!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    January 9, 2017 at 10:46 am

    One of my favorite kinds of jelly Kathy! Reminds me of my Dad! Looks delicious!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      January 10, 2017 at 4:51 am

      Thanks, Mary Ann!

  • Reply
    GiGi Eats
    January 10, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Would it be weird to just eat the marmalade straight from the jar? 😉

    • Reply
      Kathy
      January 11, 2017 at 5:20 am

      Nope! Just grab a spoon and dig right in!

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    January 10, 2017 at 9:52 am

    There really is something about orange marmalade! So happy and bright! I need to try making it myself!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      January 11, 2017 at 5:20 am

      The color is amazing!

  • Reply
    Rahul @samosastreet.com
    January 10, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Home-made marmalade tastes so much better, Wishing you a Happy New Year, Kathy

    • Reply
      Kathy
      January 11, 2017 at 5:20 am

      Thanks, Rahul! Happy New Year to you!

  • Reply
    Monica Stevens Le
    January 10, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    This sounds so wonderful. I could use a marmalade recipe… thank you for this!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      January 11, 2017 at 5:19 am

      You’re welcome! Let me know if you give it a try. 🙂

  • Reply
    Kate @ Framed Cooks
    January 11, 2017 at 4:22 am

    The idea of your suitcases filled with oranges and grapefruit made me smile so big – wonder what the airport people thought! Happy New Year! 🙂

    • Reply
      Kathy
      January 11, 2017 at 5:19 am

      I’m sure they see plenty of crazy things….I just give them something to talk about!

  • Reply
    michele
    January 12, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    I have never made marmalade! I think I can totally do this! Thanks

    • Reply
      Kathy
      January 14, 2017 at 7:15 am

      You can do it! It’s not tough….just takes a bit of time.

  • Reply
    Jenna
    January 16, 2017 at 5:13 am

    Haha I bet that was an interesting trip to the airport with all that citrus! This is beautiful! Perfect way to enjoy all those oranges!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      January 16, 2017 at 6:36 am

      Thanks, Jenna! Yep….traveling with me is always an adventure!

  • Reply
    Jesseira
    March 14, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Hi, when it says 4 pint servings, you mean a actual 16oz pint or 4 jars?? I am willing to do this for a orange festival in Puerto Rico and i need to increase the recepie. Thank you!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 14, 2017 at 7:58 pm

      Hello! This recipe makes 8 measuring cups altogether. Good luck at the festival!

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