Oranges are full and plenty this season and I wish I could say that they were inexpensive but I can’t. they are pretty pricey but that did not stop me from making the most lovely and gorgeous Orange Marmalade! Have you ever tasted store bought Orange Marmalade and wondered where the taste of the orange was? Well, I have and once you make Orange Marmalade at home, you’ll never buy the store bought version ever again. I did not use any artificial colors or preservatives for this recipe and it turned out great!
Making Orange Marmalade at home is very easy and though several recipes available online will confuse the living daylights out of you, please remember that making Orange Marmalade is very simple and if you cook on a regular basis then this is not even time-consuming for you. However, there a couple of points to remember while making this recipe –
- Choose Oranges which have blemish free skin as the rind of the orange is used as well. Since you are going to preserve this marmalade for some time, choose oranges whose skins have no dark spots on them. These little blemishes will reduce the shelf time of your product.
- Use clean glass bottles to store your freshly made marmalade. You may use sterilized glass bottles as well. You will be able to store your preserve for longer if you use clean, sterilized glass bottle.
- Use glass bottles with steel covers as you need to bottle and seal the bottle with its cover the marmalade as soon as its ready
- Make the marmalade in a deep cooking pot as the preserve will rise considerably while being cooked.
Let’s crack on with this recipe!
Cut the oranges in two and squeeze out all the juice. Remove the seeds and discard. Add the orange pulp to the cooking pot too.
Finely slice the orange peel and add to the pot as well. Use the peel from only half the quantity of the oranges.
Add sugar to the orange juice, pulp, and peels. Place the pot on a stove with the heat on low.
Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Cover and cook for a total of one hour. Do remember to stir frequently. Add the juice of the lemon after 45 minutes of cooking.
And your Orange Marmalade is ready!
If you’re wondering how the marmalade became thick like jelly, please note that some fruit like berries, apples and citrus fruits, among others, have pectin in it which when heated with sugar, it reacts with the heat to thicken the jam or jelly. Pectin is found naturally in the inner skin of the orange and you do not need to buy powder pectin from a store!
Here is the detailed recipe with step by step instructions on how to make Orange Marmalade:-
- Fresh Oranges - 1250 Grams
- Fresh Lemon - 1 Large
- Sugar - 750 Grams
- Squeeze out the juice from all the oranges into a deep cooking pot.
- Remove the pips (seeds) and remove.
- Add the pulp of the oranges into the pot along with the pith (white part on the inside of the orange).
- Finely slice ½ of the orange peel and add to the pot.
- Add the sugar into the pot and stir gently.
- Cover the pot and place it on the stove at low heat.
- Stir the pot once in every 10 to 15 minutes.
- Cook for 45 minutes on low heat and keep stirring in-between.
- After 45 minutes, turn the heat up to high and cook. The Marmalade will rise and fall.
- Squeeze the juice of the lemon now.
- After 15 minutes, check the consistency of the Marmalade. If it's thick and sticky, turn off the heat and bottle immediately.
- If not then keep cooking at medium-high heat till a nice thick consistency is reached.
- Your Marmalade is done!! Enjoy on toast or paratha!
You really do need to make Orange Marmalade at home and try and make it every winter when oranges are full and plentily available.
Do let me know how this recipe turns out for you!