Orange Marmalade – Light & Fresh is a low-sugar or low-honey cooked marmalade made with Pomona’s Pectin. This is the same recipe you’ll find on the direction and recipe sheet that comes with the pectin. Pomona’s Pectin contains no sugar or preservatives and jells reliably with low amounts of any sweetener. See below for where to buy.
Yield: 7 to 8 cups
Before You Begin:
Prepare calcium water. To do this, combine ½ teaspoon calcium powder (in the small packet in your box of Pomona’s pectin) with ½ cup water in a small, clear jar with a lid. Shake well. Extra calcium water should be stored in the refrigerator for future use.
Orange Marmalade Ingredients
4 oranges (see option below)
½ grapefruit (see option below)
3 cups water or orange juice
3 teaspoons calcium water
3 Tablespoons lemon or lime juice
1 cup up to 1½ cups honey or 2 cups up to 3 cups sugar
4½ teaspoons Pomona’s pectin powder
Orange Marmalade Directions
1. Wash jars, lids, and bands. Place jars in canner, fill canner 2/3 full with water, bring to a boil. Turn off heat, cover, and keep jars in hot canner water until ready to use. Place lids in water in a small sauce pan; cover and heat to a low boil. Turn off heat and keep lids in hot water until ready to use.
2. Peel 2 of the oranges. Scrape the white from the back of the peel. Thinly slice the peel and cut into strips about 1 to 1½ inches long. Put peel slices into sauce pan and set aside.
3. Peel the remaining 2 oranges and the grapefruit. Remove seeds and membrane from all 4 oranges and ½ grapefruit, and finely chop the pulp of all, retaining as much of the juice as possible. Add chopped pulp and juice to the sauce pan with the peel.
4. Add 3 cups water or juice to the sauce pan. Bring fruit to a boil, then turn heat down and simmer covered for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and measure out 6 cups of fruit mixture. Save any extra for another use. Return 6 cups of fruit mixture to the sauce pan.
5. Add calcium water and lemon or lime juice, and mix well.
6. Measure sugar or room temperature honey into a bowl. Thoroughly mix pectin powder into sweetener. Set aside.
7. Bring fruit mixture to a full boil. Add pectin-sweetener mixture, stirring vigorously for 1 to 2 minutes to dissolve the pectin while the marmalade comes back up to a boil. Once the marmalade returns to a full boil, remove it from the heat.
8. Fill hot jars to ¼” of top. Wipe rims clean. Screw on 2-piece lids. Put filled jars in boiling water to cover. Boil 10 minutes (add 1 minute more for every 1,000 ft. above sea level). Remove from water. Let jars cool. Check seals; lids should be sucked down. Eat within 1 year. Lasts 3 weeks once opened.
Option: Other citrus can be used in place of the orange and grapefruit.
For more inspiring recipe ideas, see Preserving with Pomona’s Pectin: The Revolutionary Low-Sugar, High-Flavor Method for Crafting and Canning Jams, Jellies, Conserves, and More by Allison Carroll Duffy and the Pomona’s Partners, published by Fair Winds Press, June 2013, and available in paper or ebook everywhere books are sold.
Pomona’s Pectin is available at your local natural food store, food co-op, and many farm stands. Find it also at Sur La Table and a growing number of more conventional grocery stores with natural food sections (Wegmans, Hy-Vee, Rosauers, Nugget Markets, Coborns, Fairway, and others). If you can’t find a store near you on our store locator, you can order from our website or many other online sellers.