by Taetske | 2:39 pm
(Last Updated On: April 12, 2019)

 

A recipe for making organic orange marmalade

 

stainless steel cooking pot

Stainless Steel Cooking Pot

 

Today I would like to show you how I make my marmalade. I live on a farm in the south of Spain. After an awful experience with Roundup, that bad product made by Monsanto, I decided to go green. From 1981 on, I have not used anything harmful on the property.

On the South side of my house, I have a plot of 1000 square meters where I planted 100 orange trees in 1986. There are also some lemons, mandarins, and grapefruit trees. The orange harvest starts in December with the Washington variety, also known as navel oranges. In March, the Valencia oranges are ripe and will last till approximately June.

In March the Washington oranges are very ripe, sweet and juicy so I prefer to make the marmalade at this time (at the end of the early orange harvest). Because these oranges have not been sprayed with anything, we can use the shredded peels without a second thought.

 

sterilized marmalade glasses

Sterilized Marmalade Glasses

 

What you need

A big, 15-liter stainless steel pot.

As I normally make a batch that is 3 times the recipe described below, it is a good idea to have such a big pot. The boiling marmalade is extremely hot and can jump out and burn you while you are stirring. With a 15 liter pot, it is only filled up half the way so it is less dangerous.

4 glass jars of around 450 ml

A wide mouth funnel

A long wooden spoon for stirring

An apron, I do recommend that as making marmalade can get sticky.

10 Organic oranges and 1 organic lemon

1 Kg of normal white sugar

 

main ingredient organic oranges

Main Ingredient Organic Oranges

 

How to prepare

First, you need to boil the glasses, let’s say 15 minutes. Take them out and put them upside down on a cloth. Be careful as they are hot.

Of the 10 oranges, you take 5 together with the lemon. Rinse them in cold water to get the dust off and then shred the peel. I would suggest shredding medium thick as too thick will not taste so nice. Put the peel shreddings into the marmalade cooking pot.

 

shredded orange peel

Shredded Orange Peel

 

Now you can start to peel all the fruit and cut it in smaller pieces. At the end of the season, because the oranges are so sweet, I might add 3 extra oranges to the 10 oranges but I will not increase the amount of sugar.

 

cutting the lemons

Cutting the Lemons

 

When all is ready, you add the cut fruit to the peel and put the pot on the fire. Bring it to boil with the lid on. Once you have a hard boil, reduce the heat to bring the mix to a soft boil. Remove the lid as the amount has to reduce to at least half. You will enjoy the fact that the whole house will fill with the wonderful aroma of oranges.

 

reducing the fruit

Reducing the Fruit

 

How long does it take

The reducing of the fruit will take between 45 minutes to 1 hour. You have to stir now and then till you have reduced to half. Then comes the moment where you add the Kg of sugar. The added sugar will cause the level in the pot to double.

Bring it back to a hard boil and reduce to a soft boil again to reduce the volume to about half. This can take up to 1 and a half hours. You have to take care to stir often as it should not stick to the bottom.

 

glasses filled with orange marmalade

Glasses filled with Orange Marmalade

How do you know it is ready?

When it has reduced to approx half and at least 1 hour has passed, take a spoon of marmalade and place it in the freezer to cool. After a short amount of time, take the spoon out and see if the marmalade has gotten the consistency you want.  The photo below is an example. The spoon was tilted and the marmalade did not flow off the spoon.

 

the orange marmalade tastes great

The Orange Marmalade tastes great

 

When the delicious mixture reaches the consistency you want, fill the glasses with marmalade. It is best to use a wide mouth funnel so it is less messy. I place a piece of cellophane over the mouth of the jar and close the lid well.

In general, the marmalade stays good for nearly a year but it normally does not last that long in my house. I give some glasses away to friends and eat the rest myself. It tastes so good and no store bought marmalade can compare to it.

 

 

An Afterthought

To make your own marmalade is not too difficult but you will need some time. You know what ingredients you have used and you will be surprised by the taste. In case you do not grow fruits yourself then the best thing is to buy organic at your local market. I think it is well worth the effort. In case you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me.

 

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Comments

Linus Udochukwu Marvellous

I have learnt a great deal from reading your article. I always love taking natural fruit drinks without preservatives or flavors and you just added one more recipe to my list of natural foods. I love it anytime I come across such articles and always want to read them till the end. Thanks so much for this great information.

Mar 19.2019 | 03:45 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Linus,

    Thank you for your comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    How about making this recipe with your wife or girlfriend? My better half always helps with peeling the fruit.

    Regards, Taetske

    Mar 19.2019 | 04:24 pm

Seyi

For me, it’s anything that helps me stay healthy and most of the time we do whatever we have to so we can achieve that. Now it’s what we love and it’s about the thing that gives us concern, aging. I love this more in particular because it’s Marmalade and the satisfaction we have from eating it. You have written a very detailed article here and I want to commend you for it. Lemme go try this recipe

Mar 19.2019 | 03:49 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Seyi,

    Thank you for leaving a comment on my website. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    Now we have to be reasonable and admit that marmalade is not considered a health food. It gives us pleasure when we eat it that also holds value. Obviously, the homemade marmalade from organic fruits is as healthy as it gets. That is why we should make the effort to make it ourself. 

    Regards, Taetske

    Mar 19.2019 | 04:21 pm

jaykaynigltd

“How to make yummy organic orange marmalade” is a great informative and educative article.
You have put everything in perspective for anyone reading this post. From what is needed to how to prepare to how long it takes to how to know its ready, you can possibly be more exhaustive! You itemized them with detailed explanation.
I will like to read more of this type in the future.
Your expository skill is great! Thanks for sharing.

Mar 19.2019 | 03:51 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Jay,

    Thank you for your comment on my website. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    Well, I thought I better include all the little details so anybody can make this recipe. It is well worth the trouble I can tell you as this simple marmalade really tastes great.

    Regards, Taetske

    Mar 19.2019 | 04:29 pm

Etah

Wow, I love this guide on how to make orange marmalade from organic orange.

After my experience with synthetic products, I try to use more organic products in my day today.

I assume orange marmalade will have the same benefits as orange, are there any other added benefits, I will really like to know? 

Thanks

Mar 19.2019 | 03:54 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Etah,

    To be honest there are no added health benefits rather the other way around. Compare an orange to orange marmalade, of course, the fresh fruit wins the contest. But, one has to say that this marmalade is far better and also tastier than store bought and you will have the benefit of enjoying eating it.

    Thank you for your comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    Regards, Taetske

    Mar 19.2019 | 04:34 pm

Achievers

Thanks for sharing this article on organic orange marmalade. I really love the fact that it provides a range of nutritional benefits, such as supplementing your diet with vitamins. I recommend this for every reader to get the recipe and guidelines in this article to prepare it. It is nutritious and health beneficial to the body. This article is really informative. 

Mar 19.2019 | 03:56 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon,

    Thank you for your comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF.

    I am sorry to inform you but there will hardly be any vitamins in the marmalade. As it is boiling for so long the vitamins are dead. At least you know what you are eating, that is, fruit and sugar, nothing else. Therefore when you compare it to other marmalades you buy in a shop, this one is the better option. To eat this marmalade now and then will be ok but please do not eat a whole glass in one go.

    Regards, Taetske

    Mar 19.2019 | 04:42 pm

Adamu2

Thanks for writing out this lovely article and I must say it is a must for everyone to read and digest. This article explains the preparation for organic orange marmalade and it is well detailed and do it yourself. I would be preparing this for my partner as a surprise and also to my visitors. Thanks for the review. Best regards 

Mar 19.2019 | 03:56 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Adamu,

    Thank you for your visit and comment. Nice to see you again.

    It is quite fun to make marmalade with your partner. I do it with my better half so the preparation time is much shorter. Do give it a try, I am sure you will not be disappointed.

    Regards, Taetske

    Mar 19.2019 | 04:46 pm

Pernilla

Hello Taetske,
Here I am again! Love your posts!
I love jam and marmalade. We have a garden and do harvest a lot of berries and fruits during the summer and autumn season. I use to freeze them and in the autumn I take the time to make jams. I have never made orange marmalade, but your recipe made me want to try it out.
Did I understand you right that you first peel 5 oranges and 1 lemon? The peel shreddings of these 6 fruits you put in the cooking pot. Then you go on peeling the rest of the oranges (this peel you don’t use for the marmalade, right?) and cut them in smaller pieces and put it all in the pot and start cooking it.
I will go looking for organic oranges 😉
Thanks for sharing your recipe!
Pernilla

Mar 20.2019 | 09:11 am

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Pernilla,

    Thank you for your comment on my website.
    The basic recipe is 10 oranges, 1 lemon, 1kg of sugar.
    Of 5 oranges and the 1 lemon, you shred the peel. Then you peel/clean the 10 oranges and 1 lemon and cut the fruit flesh in small pieces.
    I hope your marmalade is as much a success and joy for your tastebuds as mine.

    Regards, Taetske

    Mar 20.2019 | 12:55 pm

Jenna Foster

Aloha, Taetske!
Wonderful blog. Yummy!! I almost could smell the scent of boiled orange peel and fruit meat! 🙂 Your recipe is very simple and the instructions easy to follow. All made with the good, organic ingredients! I also enjoyed your pictures! So inviting! I never ever made a home-made marmalade. But with those instructions I would.
Thank you so much for sharing! A sample would be awesome 🙂
Sending many higs to Costa del Sol!
Aloha, Jenna

Mar 30.2019 | 03:03 am

    Taetske

    Good Morning Jenna,

    Making marmalade is fun. I have also made it with figs, strawberry, and plums but my favorite is definitely orange marmalade.
    I would love to send you a sample but sadly the law does not allow this. Nowadays they are very strict with these type of things in the post office. You better come here on holiday and then I will serve orange marmalade for your breakfast.

    Thank you for your comment. Did you check on downloading your free PDF? they have thousands you can choose from.

    Regards, Taetske

    Mar 30.2019 | 07:27 am

Trish

Hey Taetske, my mouth is watering for that spoon full of marmalade. The last time I had what I deemed as THE BEST marmalade, it came to our local grocery stores imported from Jamaica and was in a metal tin. Your spoon full of marmalade makes me wanna’ lick my monitor, lol. 😉

Apr 02.2019 | 09:32 pm

    Taetske

    Good Morning Trish,

    Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?
    So sorry I cannot send you a jar of my marmalade as the postal service does not allow it. That means you better come down to the south of Spain so you can try it. I bet you will like the taste.

    Regards, Taetske

    Apr 03.2019 | 05:46 am

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