Orange Marmalade Recipe

This orange marmalade recipe is started the day before you will be canning it. Chopped Oranges need to soak for 12 - 18 hours. I start it in the evening and then finish and process it late the next morning or after lunch the next day.

Serve on toast or spread on pancakes for a scrumptious breakfast.

I like it slathered on saltine crackers!

Learning how to make this orange marmalade is very easy. It makes a great addition to any gift basket.


orange marmalade recipeGather your canning supplies


  • 15-20 oranges
  • 1 large lemon
  • 2.5 quarts
  • approximately 11 cups sugar
  • This orange marmalade recipe does not include spices. but flavors like cinnamon or cloves would make a fantastic addition.


Peel and chop marmalade oranges peels you need about 2 quarts oranges chopped.

The best way to do this is to thinly slice your oranges then cross cut to make small pieces.

In the picture I did not slice my oranges very small. The marmalade ended up with pieces of orange that were bigger than I liked.

Slice Orange Peel - you need about 2 cups thinly sliced peel (more or less to taste)

Peel and chop 1 large Lemon

Add Water to Fruit and Orange peel in a large pot. Heat to boiling and simmer for 5 minutes. Cover and let stand in a cool place 12- 18 hours.

After the 12 - 18 hour soak

Start by preparing jars,and get water in your canner heating.
(see Water Bath Canning for full directions)

Measure your orange mixture. You will need an equal amount of sugar.

Place a spoon in the freezer. You'll use that in a little bit.

Heat orange mixture to boiling and cook until peel is tender. About 30 minutes.

boiling water canner orange marmaladeAdd sugar to mixture.

Bring to a boil stirring until sugar dissolves. Cook rapidly until it reaches the jellying point.

About 30-45 minutes. As the mixture thickens you will need to stir more often to keep it from scorching.

Use your cold spoon to see if the mixture is going to jel. simply place a bit of marmalade on the spoon. It will cool quickly and you can tilt the spoon to see if it remains runny or has thickened.
orange marmalade
Pour hot marmalade into hot jars. Leave a 1/4 inch head space.

Wipe the rims clean, place your lids on your jars and follow Water Bath Canning directions to process


/2 pints or pints 

process for 10 minutes if you are below 6000 ft elevation.

15 minutes if you are above 6000 ft elevation.  

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