A recipe for making organic orange marmalade
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 dangerous product made by Monsanto, I went green. From 1981 on, I have used nothing 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.
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 recommend that as making marmalade can get sticky.
10 Organic oranges and 1 organic lemon
1 Kg of normal white sugar
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.
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.
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 entire house will fill with the wonderful aroma of oranges.
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. Especially to the end, this boiling mixture can jump out of the pot so please be very careful as you could burn yourself.
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.
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.
Another method is to not use cellophane. When the jar is filled and you have put the lid on, you can turn it upside down. Leave it standing like that for a while.
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.
Here you see some products on Amazon. From a nice Marmalade recipe book to a stainless steel pot and some jars to put the marmalade in. Then a pretty marmalade jar to have standing on your breakfast table.
To make your own marmalade is not too difficult, but you will need some time. You know what ingredients you have used and the taste will surprise you. In case you do not grow fruits yourself, then the best thing is to buy organic at your local market. I think it is worthwhile. In case you have questions, do not hesitate to contact me. Before I forget, once you open the jar, keep it in the fridge.
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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.
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How about making this recipe with your wife or girlfriend? My better half always helps with peeling the fruit.
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
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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.
“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.
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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.
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?
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.
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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.
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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.
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
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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.
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!
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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.
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!
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.
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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. 😉
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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.
You have everybody licking their chops. My favourite has always been Marmalade. My mother ever bought jams, and it would be consumed very quickly by six children. So she decided that Marmalade would stay around longer because it is tart. But that didn’t stop us.
I have put up Jellies and Jams in the fall. But I have not put up marmalade. When living in Costa Rica, most households had an orange and a lemon tree in their back yard.
Organic fruit was very easy to come by. There were always fresh organic beverages on the table and freshly squeezed Orange juice and lemon juice. I sure miss this.
Your recipe brings back many fond memories.
But as most of these products are imported here in Canada and even though they are called organic, it is not recommended to use the peel of the oranges.
For that, I would much rather visit you on your Organic farm and enjoy your yummy homemade recipe. Yum
Good Morning Linda,
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When things get back to normal you know you are very welcome here. We made 16 jars so if you do not wait too long I bet there will be some left. Here one can be absolutely sure that the peel is clean, you only have to wash the dust off before using, that is all.
One is not allowed to send it by mail otherwise I would do it.
Thank so much for this recipe! Just reading it makes me want to try it … The truth is that oranges are one of my favorite fruits. We have been buying all our organic fruits and vegetables for some time now and you really can tell the difference. Jam like many other products can be bought ready-made, although there is usually nothing more good for our taste or for the body than making it yourself at home. I take note of this recipe to try it!
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Let me know how your marmalade came out. During the orange season, we often sit on the patio and have citrus fruits for lunch. Because of the third lock down for our village, we cannot drive around and deliver the fruits to our friends on the coast. Most of the harvest will end up on the field, a real shame.
It is awesome that you grew your own oranges, and even better that it is organic and you have enough to make marmalade. Organic is the only way to go if you want to avoid harmful chemicals that are not only bad for your health, but also the environment. We grow our own olives and veggies and have a lot of wild blackberries and we don’t spray either.
I normally cook jam with the blackberries and there is such a sense of achievement when you cook with your own home grown produce. We do have one wild orange tree on the property so I will try your recipe when the oranges are ready.
Good afternoon Line,
Yes, the things you grow yourself are healthier and clean. Then it has the added plus of your own effort. I think the satisfaction of picking some sun-ripened tomatoes from your vegetable garden is priceless.
That sounds delicious. Jam of blackberries, we should swap jars.
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