Lady Marmelade!

mary's jam

Voulez Vous some fresh orange marmelade? With my busy schedule the last two months, I totally forgot I had oranges staring at me in the refrigerator. Has that happened to you?
I know me….if I didn’t do anything with the oranges, they would end up in the garbage next week. I thought I would either squeeze orange juice or be creative and make orange marmelade. Never made jam but I thought let’s give a try. It was so easy!

4 large seedless oranges

4 cups of cold water
8 cups sugar
Slice the oranges in half (crosswise) and thinly slice the oranges including the pulp and juices. I cut them directly into the pot to make sure no juices escaped! (Also, I try to stick to the one pot clean up)!
Add the cold water and bring it to a boil, stirring often. Turn off the heat and add 8 cups of sugar, and stir until it is dissolved. Cover the pot with it’s lid. Let the mixture sit at room temperature for approximately 6-8 hours. I made this in the evening and let it sit overnight.
The next day, bring it to a boil, at medium-high. Make sure you stir often so that it does not stick or burn. Turn the heat down to low for other 2 1/2 hours, and again, for an additional 1/2 hour at medium.
You now have your very own fresh orange marmelade! I filled a large jar and stored in my refrigerator.
I added a teaspoon to my plain yogurt this morning – it was really good! Try it with your favorite cake or as simple as serving with vanilla ice cream, a teaspoon of jam and some dark chocolate shavings.
I would also suggest serving this jam with Aurelio Barattini’s Bombolini (Italian donuts), they look really good. Check it out at:
maria !

2 comments to Lady Marmelade!

  • carbonara

    Sounds tasty! I presume you can do the same thing with most citrus fruits.
    Here, many of my friends peel the oranges first and recycle the peels in other ways – either letting them soak for a few weeks in alcahol, or grating them into cooking cream to be served over pasta with grated parmesan.

  • Stella

    Hi Maria, I love this. Orange marmalade is my favorite type of preserve next to apricot and fig. The best marmelade I ever had was homemade and it was so wonderful, so I’m bookmarking this. Thanks!

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