Here’s my first attempt at making marmalade.

I cheated a teensy-weensy bit, as I didn’t do the prep with the oranges, but the rest was all me. And it tastes rather yummy, if I say so myself – tangy and rich. I made six small jars for Xmas gifts and have a few larger jars for use at home. I can tell you it probably won’t last very long, because it really is tasty!

Makes 6 x 1lb / 454 g jars

  • 850 g tin of prepared Seville oranges
  • 1800 g sugar
  • 425 mls water
  • small knob of butter (optional)


  • Put the oranges, sugar and water in a very large pan and bring to a rolling boil, stirring continually
  • Reduce heat, but keep it at a steady rolling boil for 15 – 20 minutes (you may want to add a small knob of butter to disperse the foam)
  • Drop half a teaspoon of the jam on a cold plate and leave it in a cold place for a few minutes. If it wrinkles when you draw your finger across it, it has reached setting point
  • Stand for 5 – 10 minutes then pour into sterilized, heated jars and stir if the fruit floats to the top
  • If using lids, put them on immediately. If not using lids, put wax paper circles (shiny side down) on the top of the jam immediately, then wait till jam is completely cool before covering with cellophane

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