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Recipe for Sweet Homemade Seville Orange Marmalade

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Homemade seville orange marmalade

Homemade seville orange marmalade

Recipe for Seville Orange Marmalade

Once you have tasted your own homemade marmalade, you will never want to buy the commercially made varieties again. The flavor and taste will be superior to any you have ever tasted before

Yes, preparing the ingredients can be messy and does take time, but it is well worth the effort. This recipe works for lemon marmalade, too. Just use a pound of lemons and one orange and follow the instructions below. I have included step-by-step instructions and my own photos so you can learn how to make this marmalade at home.

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

45 min

55 min

1 hour 40 min

4 to 5 jars of marmalade

Ingredients

  • 13 to 14 (approximately 1 pound) Seville oranges
  • 1 large lemon
  • 1.8 kgs (approximately 1 1/2 bags) jam sugar
Ingredients for Seville orange marmalade

Ingredients for Seville orange marmalade

Equipment

  • Large pot
  • 4 to 5 jam jars with lids
  • Wooden spoon
  • Ladle
  • Bowl
  • Container
  • Oven-proof container
  • Plate
  • 2 saucers
  • Electric food processor
Sterilize the jars for making marmalade

Sterilize the jars for making marmalade

Step 1: Prepare the Jars

  1. Sterilse the jars, lids and muslin or cheesecloth.
  2. Wash the jars and lids in hot water.
  3. Place them in an oven proof container and put in the oven.
  4. Put the muslin cloth or cheesecloth into a container and cover with boiling water.
  5. Put a plate or saucer in the freezer.
Cut up the oranges

Cut up the oranges

Step 2: Prepare the Oranges and Lemon

  1. Wash and dry the oranges and lemon.
  2. Cut each orange into four pieces.
  3. Do this on a small plate to catch every bit of juice.
  4. Remove the orange segment from each piece.
  5. Take out all the pips from each segment.
  6. Put the pips into one container as you will use these later.
  7. The pips are full of pectin and this is needed to set the marmalade.
  8. Place the remaining slices of orange peel on to a plate.
  9. The orange peel contains the zest which is the orange part and the pith which is the white part.
  10. The pith contains the pectin which allows the marmalade to set.
  11. Do this for each orange.
  12. Prepare the lemon in exactly the same way as above.

Step 3: Prepare the Pectin Bag

  1. Use a piece of muslin cloth or cheesecloth.
  2. Place the pips from the fruit onto the cloth.
  3. Wrap around the four corners and tie into a knot creating a bag to hold the pips.
  4. Use some more of the muslin to make a string and attach to the bag.
Place the pips from the fruit onto the cloth

Place the pips from the fruit onto the cloth

Step 4: Cook the Fruit

  1. If you like peels in your marmalade cut up a quarter of the orange peel into thin strips.
  2. Place in the pot.
  3. Put three quarters of the orange peels and that from the lemon into the mixer.
  4. Mix until a fine pulp.
  5. Add this to the peels in the pot.
  6. Tie the bag onto the side of the pot so that it boils with the rest of the mixture.
  7. The pectin from the pips will seep into the fruit as it simmers.
  8. Add enough boiling water to the pot so that it just covers the fruit.
  9. Turn the heat up until the mixture comes to the boil.
  10. Keep the marmalade boiling for about 10 minutes making sure to stir all the time.
Put three quarters of the orange peels and that from the lemon into the mixer. Mix until a fine pulp.

Put three quarters of the orange peels and that from the lemon into the mixer. Mix until a fine pulp.

Step 5: Test for Readiness

  1. Take the saucer out of the freezer.
  2. Using a wooden spoon remove a small bit of mixture and place on the saucer.
  3. Leave for about 2 minutes.
  4. Either take a spoon or use your finger to test it.
  5. If there is a slight tightness in the marmalade, then it is setting.
Test the marmalade for readiness

Test the marmalade for readiness

Step 6: Add the Jam Sugar

Jam sugar has pectin added so it speeds up the cooking time of the marmalade.

  1. Pour in the sugar at intervals stirring all the time.
  2. Once the sugar has dissolved completely lower the heat under the pot.
  3. Boil for about 45 minutes stirring the mixture at all times.
  4. If you see orange scum on the surface of the marmalade liquid, add a knob of butter.
  5. This will dissolve the scum easily.
Add sugar to the fruit

Add sugar to the fruit

Step 7: Squeeze Out the Liquid

  1. Remove the pot from the heat.
  2. Untie the muslin bag from the pot.
  3. Place on a plate and squeeze out any liquid using a fork and knife.
  4. Return this to the pot as this contains pectin.
  5. Remove the large pieces of orange and lemon skin from the pot.
  6. Stir the marmalade well.
Test the marmalade for readiness

Test the marmalade for readiness

Step 8: Ladle Into Jars

  1. Take the jam jars out of the oven and place near your marmalade.
  2. Using a ladle, spoon the marmalade into the jar.
  3. Leave about half an inch free at the top.
  4. Seal with the lid.
  5. Repeat the process with the other jars.
  6. Put the last of the marmalade into a container.
  7. Gently move the container that has the marmalade jars away and do not move for 24 hours.
  8. This will allow the marmalade to set properly.
  9. Make some toast and taste your marmalade.
Leave about half an inch free at the top, and then seal with a lid.

Leave about half an inch free at the top, and then seal with a lid.

How to Make Orange marmalade

Seville Orange Marmalde Recipe

Seville oranges are very easy to peel and are full of juice. They make the marmalade taste much sweeter with a stronger flavor. They are high in pectin too. Pectin is what enables the marmalade to set. The disadvantage with using Seville oranges is that they are only available in January and February in most countries. Other oranges can be used very successfully but the taste of marmalade made with Seville oranges is unique.

Jam Sugar

Jam sugar is used when making jams and marmalade because it contains added pectin. This allows the jam and marmalade to set quicker cutting the time needed in the cooking process. I hope you enjoyed it enough to try making your own orange marmalade at home soon. You will be surprised at how much better it tastes than any other you have bought in the shops.