Orange Marmalade

Having a fruit tree in the backyard brings so much joy. And if the tree is citrus, it’s just the icing on the cake. Every winter, I eagerly wait for the oranges from my orange tree to ripen so that I can pick these beauties and put them to good use. And after days of waiting, when they were ripe enough to be picked, I couldn’t wait a moment longer to make orange marmalade. Our toasts just became perfect with this homemade marmalade! 





Oranges – 4-5 medium (approximately 800 grams)
Lemon – 1, zested and juiced
Sugar – 1 kg
Water – 5 cups
Sterilised Jars for storing


  1. Place two small plates or saucers in the freezer
  2. Wash the oranges and cut them into quarters. Now thinly slice each quarter
  3. Place the cut oranges in a pot. Add the lemon juice and zest, and bring it to boil over high heat
  4. Reduce the heat and let it simmer until the oranges become soft and pulpy. Keep stirring occasionally
  5. Meanwhile, boil water in another pot and put the jar, lid and ladle to be sterilised. Boil for 5 minutes and let it stand in the water
  6. Once the orange is very soft, increase the heat and add sugar
  7. Boil the mixture stirring occasionally until it thickens completely and darkens in colour. This may take 20-25 minutes
  8. To test if the marmalade is ready, take the plate from freezer and add a teaspoon of mixture onto it and wait for 1 minute and then push the marmalade along the plate. It should be thick and should not run back immediately. If the setting point is not reached, boil for a few more minutes and repeat the test
  9. Spoon the marmalade into the warm sterilised jars and store


  • Select the oranges that has thin pith. If the pith is too thick, you can discard some of it as it may make the marmalade bitter
  • For a variation, try mandarins or tangelos instead of oranges
  • The setting point of the marmalade is approximately 102 C. If you have a food thermometer, measure the temperature before testing for the setting point
  • You may add some pectin or pectin sugar to help in setting