I had an incredible crop of oranges this year, very sweet and juicy too. So since I can’t seem to give enough away and use the rest myself, marmalade it is. I LOVE marmalade especially when it’s slightly on the bitter side but my two boys love it sweet, so I tried it two ways and both were delicious and easy.
8 cups of oranges diced fine, or chopped fine in food processor
4 cups sugar
juice of 2-3 lemons
1 box pectin
Bring oranges, sugar and lemon juice to a boil and cook for ab. 20 min. Add pectin and cook an additional 20 min. or until the mixture smoothly coats the back of a spoon. Now you can preserve the marmalade or simply put in clean jars and eat it up.
Orange Marmalade #2
8 cups of oranges peeled and diced or chopped fine in food processor
rind of ab. 2 oranges sliced thin with most of the pith removed
4 cups of sugar
2-3 lemons juiced
1 box of pectin
Bring orange, Orange peel, sugar and lemon juice to a boil and cook for ab. 20 min. Add pectin and continue at a boil for another 20 min. or until the mixture coats the back of a spoon smoothly. Now can the marmalade or place into clean jars and enjoy.
I did try both canning and just throwing it into jars and eating it quick. Trouble was my husband wouldn’t eat that much and my son doesn’t eat much marmalade, I ended up giving it out to others and keeping the preserved stuff for myself. I didn’t have a canner but I did find a slue of resources on the interne to help me and had pretty good results with my first real canning attempt. If you’ve never canned before give it a shot, it’s well worth the effort.