How to Prepare Orange Marmalade

Orange marmalade is ideal for enjoying the flavor and nutrients that citrus fruits provide. There's nothing better than preparing it at home with this recipe suitable for all levels of experience!
How to Prepare Orange Marmalade

Last update: 05 September, 2021

Jams, jellies, or marmalades are different types of preserves that are ideal for preserving fruit for a longer period of time. If you like citrus fruits, you can prepare this orange marmalade. This way, you’ll always have it on hand to accompany and prepare your favorite sweets!

It’s perfect for spreading on a tender slice of bread or filling any kind of homemade cake or pie. However, it’s also good to sweeten yogurt or to accompany a bit of fresh cheese.

The homemade preparation of jams and other fruit preserves isn’t complicated at all. In fact, sugar and fruit are the only ingredients you need, although cooking time is long and requires a little patience.

Just the same, we strongly encourage you to make this recipe. It can be an ideal summer activity to do with children and a very special gift to give to friends and family!

The ingredients form making orange marmalade

Two oranges and a bowl of orange marmalade.
Making orange marmalade isn’t difficult, but it requires patience due to its long cooking time.

With the quantities indicated below, you can fill approximately 4 medium-sized jars.

  • 2.2 pounds of oranges (1 kg)
  • 2 1/4 cups of sugar (or 500 grams; the exact final weight is calculated in proportion to the weight of the peeled oranges)
  • The peel of 2 oranges

You can make more or less marmalade as long as you keep the same proportion of sugar and fruit according to the weight of the latter (once the peel’s removed).

Preparing orange marmalade

  1. Before you begin with the cooking, wash the oranges well under a stream of water.
  2. With a fine peeler or a sharp knife, remove only the orange part of the skin of 2 of the pieces of fruit. It’s best to avoid the white part, as it can give a bitter taste to the marmalade. Cut this skin into very thin strips or small cubes.
  3. Then, peel the rest of the fruit, remove the seeds, and weigh. For 2.2 pounds (1 kilo) of oranges, you need half the weight in sugar. Then, cut the fruit into small pieces.
  4. Place a pot or saucepan over medium heat with the orange and, when it starts to boil, reduce the heat to low. Let it cook for about 15 minutes. Add the sugar and the cut orange strips. Mix well and leave everything together for another 45 minutes, keeping an eye on it from time to time to prevent the marmalade from sticking.
  5. After this time, check the cooking point. To do this, place a little jam on a plate and tilt it. If it slips easily, then it still needs a little more cooking time. Otherwise, turn off the burner.
  6. Now your orange marmalade’s ready to be packed in sterilized glass jars to use it whenever you feel like it.

Tips for canning and storing orange marmalade

To enjoy orange marmalade for a long time and safely, preparation, packaging, and preservation are important. For this reason, you need to follow the recommendations of food safety experts.

In this case, we recommend cleaning the glass jars with hot water and keeping them at this temperature until you’re ready to use them. Once the jam is ready, fill the jars up to about a quarter-inch from the upper rim.

Close the jars and put them in a pot with water. When it starts to boil, wait between 5 and 10 minutes. Let them cool to room temperature and they’re ready to be stored in the pantry.

According to the National Center for Home Food Preservation, following all these steps will keep orange marmalade in good condition for up to one year. Stored in a dry, cool, and dark place, it can maintain all its original quality and flavor.

You need to keep in mind that, during this time, changes in texture or color may appear. However, if the container is well sealed and the canned food shows no signs of deterioration, it’s still a safe food.

The benefits of oranges

A bowl of fresh oranges.
Oranges are an excellent food to include in your diet.

Oranges are a universal fruit and one of the most eaten around the world. It’s the fruit of the sweet orange tree (Citrus x Aurantium) that belongs to the citrus family.

These stand out for the presence of some nutrients and other compounds that make them a very healthy food. We’ll explain some of their main properties below.

They’re light and nutritious

Oranges and fruits in general are light and hydrating foods because a large part of their weight is made up of water. They also contain a small amount of natural sugars, fiber, vitamin C, thiamine, and potassium.

Oranges are an important source of vitamin C

Of the 3 servings of fruit recommended daily, one of them should provide a significant amount of vitamin C. These include not only oranges, but also pineapple, kiwi, tangerines, strawberries, and papaya.

This vitamin is necessary for many body functions such as collagen production, wound healing, iron absorption, and the proper functioning of the immune system.

Heart protection

A diet with plenty of plant foods is beneficial for heart and artery health. According to a review of studies published by the International Journal of Epidemiology “fruit and vegetable intake is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease”.

Positive results are shown with a minimum daily intake of 800 grams of vegetables. Oranges are among the fruits with a positive effect along with apples, pears, green leafy vegetables, and cruciferous vegetables.

Antioxidant

The antioxidant capacity of citrus fruits is one of the properties that has aroused scientific interest in recent years. Studies show that this type of fruit can be considered a good source of several components with this ability.

Antioxidants are interesting compounds that should be present in the daily diet as they¿ve been related to the prevention of several chronic and degenerative diseases.

Skin protection

A vitamin C deficiency often manifests itself with skin problems such as difficulty in healing, dryness, or fragility of the skin. This has led experts to believe that its presence in the diet may be beneficial in this regard.

At the moment, studies show that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables prevents dermal aging and improves its appearance. In part, this may be due to vitamin C.

In addition, the presence of beta-carotene and other phytochemicals in oranges has been shown to protect against damage caused by solar radiation. This is the conclusion drawn from a study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2012.

Therefore, the supply of antioxidant substances (including beta-carotene) increases the dermal defense against radiation, offers long-term protection, and contributes to skin health. However, its use isn’t as effective as the use of adequate sunscreens.

Orange marmalade is a good accompaniment although it doesn’t replace the whole fruit

If you like oranges and the combination of sweet with citrus, then this marmalade recipe is ideal for you. A little treasure thanks to its flavor and the countless benefits that oranges bring to the body.

However, jams and other fruit-based preserves contain a significant amount of sugar. For this reason, it’s not a good idea to replace the intake of fresh fruit with this type of product.

To avoid the very high consumption of added sugar, we recommend that you save it to eat occasionally or in small quantities. In addition, all those who are looking to reduce the presence of added sugar can try other types of low-sugar jams.

If you like this fruit and this recipe, we encourage you to prepare it especially when oranges are at their best. This way, you’ll have a jam of the highest quality, with all the flavor at a much more economical price.

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