Orange Marmalade Recipe | Small Batch Canning

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canned orange marmalade

How to Make Orange Marmalade

Love orange marmalade, but not sure how to make it?  We have a recipe that is perfect for making a small batch of marmalade.  You can make whenever you run out and need more.  Or maybe you want to give as gifts for the holidays or house warming.

We used seedless oranges for this recipe to make it simple.

Canning what you love allows you to enjoy fruits and veggies year round.

cutting orange
Peel the orange using a potato peeler makes this super easy. Cut off the ends and then peel off the white rind.

Do You Need to Use Seedless Oranges?

You will not want seeds in your marmalade.  You can use oranges with or without seeds, but you will need to remove any seeds from the marmalade as they can turn bitter when processing the jam.

segmenting oranges

oranges in blender
Blend on grind so that the oranges are still chunky.

How Long Do You Can Marmalade?

Marmalade should be water bath canned for 10 minutes.  The 10 minutes starts, when the water comes to a boil.  You will want to turn off the heat after the 10 minutes and allow 5 minutes to go by before removing the jars.

How Do You Slow Cool Jam?

After the marmalade or jam has been water bath canned, you will want it to slowly cool.  To do this, place a towel under the jars on the counter/table.  Cover the jars with a towel.  This will allow them to slowly cool and seal.

Having them covered also lowers the chance of jars breaking should the temperature drastically changes in the room (from air conditioning or opening a door.

canned orange marmalade
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Small Batch Orange Marrmalade

Delicious and well worth the effort, orange marmalade is a alternative to your regular jams and jellies. Serve on toast or use on chicken.
Course: Canning
Cuisine: American
Servings: 5 half pints
Author: Regina Sober

Ingredients

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 cups ground up seedless orange peels & juice (about 4-5 seedless oranges)
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons pectin

Instructions

  • You will need to wash the oranges and then peel using a potato peeler to remove the skin, but leave the white part.
  • Using a knife, cut the white part off the orange, You can then segment the orange, to get the pulp without the membrane around each segment.  Take the 5th orange and juice the orange instead of segment.
  • Place the orange peels, juice and segments into a blender and grind for about 10-15 seconds.  We don't want it smooth, we want it chunky.
  • Place the pectin evenly around the inside of the automatic jam/jelly maker, confirming the stirrer is in the maker.
  • Add the orange mix and butter.
  • Press the Jam and the Enter buttons on the maker, confirming the time is set to 21 minutes.
  • After 4 minutes the maker will beep, indicating it's time to add the sugar.  Pour the sugar into the mix and place the cover on top.
  • The maker will do all the work and stir the mix.
  • Ensure the seals and jars are ready to go and that you have the funnel, ladle and bands.
  • You will also want to have a wet sterile paper towel to clean the rim of the jars after filling.
  • Once complete, the maker will beep again when it is complete.
  • Remove the stirrer with a pot holder and set aside. (it's very hot)
  • Begin filling each jar with the ladle and jar funnel. Leave 1 inch headspace (that is top from the jar) when filling.
  • Clean off each jar rim to ensure there is no marmalade to keep the jar from sealing.
  • Place a sterile seal/lid on top of each jar and hand tighten the band over the jar to secure the lid.
  • Place the jars of marmalade into water bath and process for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the water bath and allow to cool and seal.
  • Date and label the jars, so  you know what it is.

Video

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Notes

Tips for canning marmalade

  • Use seedless oranges, so you don't have to mess with seeds
  • We used 5 oranges, peeling all of them and juicing 1 (segmenting 4)
  • Do not over fill the maker, make 1 batch and watch how far it boils up, before doubling the batch
  • Make sure you measure the orange mix or you will not have the correct ratios to make marmalade (risking it not setting)
  • While the orange marmalade is processing, get everything around you need for the next steps
  • It takes about 60 minutes (or so) to make a batch of marmalade
  • Wash your oranges before you start
  • Adding butter helps reduce the foaming, you may need to skim foam if there is still foam
  • You absolutely need a pot holder to remove the stirrer, that area is hot, so use caution!
  • The maker is going to be hot as well, it was just holding the 'pot' of hot jam, so unplug and allow it to cool
  • You  can process the oranges in the blender and then bag it, freeze it to make later if needed

making marmalade

removing stirrer
Use a pot holder to remove the stirrer!

Tips for canning marmalade

  • Use seedless oranges, so you don’t have to mess with seeds
  • We used 5 oranges, peeling all of them and juicing 1 (segmenting 4)
  • Do not over fill the maker, make 1 batch and watch how far it boils up, before doubling the batch
  • Make sure you measure the orange mix or you will not have the correct ratios to make marmalade (risking it not setting)
  • While the orange marmalade is processing, get everything around you need for the next steps
  • It takes about 60 minutes (or so) to make a batch of marmalade
  • Wash your oranges before you start
  • Adding butter helps reduce the foaming, you may need to skim foam if there is still foam
  • You absolutely need a pot holder to remove the stirrer, that area is hot, so use caution!
  • The maker is going to be hot as well, it was just holding the ‘pot’ of hot jam, so unplug and allow it to cool
  • You  can process the oranges in the blender and then bag it, freeze it to make later if needed

marmalade in jar

Delicious and well worth the effort, orange marmalade is a alternative to your regular jams and jellies. Serve on toast or use on chicken.


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