Jam-making is one of those things that’s seemed a bit daunting to me. It requires special ingredients and chemistry and precision – not things that tend to happen in my kitchen. Then right around Christmas, Patricia over at Eat Drink Better shared this awesome-looking recipe for Meyer Lemon Marmalade. It didn’t require anything special or any finesse, and it felt like the perfect way to get started with jam-making.
My Meyer lemons are preserved in salt, so those were out for this recipe, but our CSA just happened to bring us some oranges, and it felt like a sign. This jam was ON. Here’s the recipe that I adapted from Eat Drink Better:
Orange Marmalade Recipe
- 4 oranges, washed and scrubbed
- 1 1/4c sugar
- Lots of water
- Halve your oranges and juice them into a small bowl. Set the bowl aside.
- Slice your oranges into the thinnest strips that you can manage. Check out the lemon recipe for a photo of how thinly she sliced hers.
- Put the orange slices into a small saucepan and cover with water. Bring them to a boil and let them boil for one minute. After that minute’s up, dump them in a colander, rinse, and repeat this process once more.
- Place the rinsed orange slices back into the pot, add the sugar and the juice that you reserved, and bring them to a boil one final time. Reduce the heat to medium low, and boil, stirring occasionally. Patricia recommended boiling for 30 minutes, but mine took more like 40-50 minutes to thicken up.
- Once things are looking nice and marmalade-y, either use your immersion blender or transfer the goods to an upright blender and pulse a bit until you’ve got the texture that you like. I prefer a chunkier marmalade, so I did minimal blending.
That’s it! This recipe made 2 pints of marmalade. Enjoy your marmalade on toast or in yummy recipes, like this marmalade cake that my friend Bonnie made not too long ago. YUM!
Hi there! My name is Becky Striepe (pronounced “stree-pee,” like “sleepy”), and I am a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. My life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Check out my new book: 40 Days of Green Smoothies!