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Seville Orange Marmalade Recipe

Late in January or during February the best marmalade oranges which
are SEVILLE ORANGES, are available for a few short weeks in the stores
here in Canada. These oranges are as bitter as a lemon so if you
substitute the results will suffer. During that time, I make as many
as 80 jars of the best bitter Scottish style marmalade for my own use
and as gifts. It is a real passion for me.

If you have never made cooked jams before, try making jams before you
try marmalade. Making the BEST marmalade is a lot more time consuming
than making jam.

Vic's Seville Orange Marmalade Recipe

5-6 Seville Oranges
1 Lemon
1 1/2 cups water (or as needed)
1/4 tsp. Baking Soda (optional as It sometimes causes froth)
2:1 Ratio Sugar to Cooked Down Peal and Juice Mixture
1 1/2 (47g) Boxes of fruit pectin crystals
(about the size of a box of Jell-O)
6 - 10 236ml (1 cup) flat wide mouth canning jars

First make sure you have a good book on canning so you know the
general procedures for making safe cooked preserves, jams and
jellies. You can get one from BERNARDIN Company.

You can make marmalade all in one go, but it will take about 3
hours or more. I make it on Friday evening and Saturday morning to
make it less tedious.

After supper I cut each fruit in half. I extract the juice using
a hand juicer. What you want is about 3 cups of juice and pulp.
Carefully remove and discard seeds and membranes but retain the
pulp and juice. If you have more than three cups of juice/pulp cut
down on the water used elsewhere in this recipe and substitute the
extra juice for the water. Put the mixture in a plastic container
and refrigerate over night.

Scrape as much of the membrane from inside the peal with a spoon.
Cut peal into wedges (about 6 per 1/2 orange). Try to remove all
but 1/16 to a 1/8 of an inch of the inside white with a spoon or

Use a sharp knife, vegetable cleaver or scissors to cut the peal
into FINE shreds about 1/16 inch wide by 3/4-inch long slivers.
FINE is important! This is tedious. I do it with scissors while
watching television. Just sit down with two bowls, one of the peal
wedges and one of the shredded peal and go for it. What you want
is about 3 cups of shredded peal. If you have more of less don't
worry about it. We will fix that later. Refrigerate peel in a
covered plastic bowl.

The next morning, combine baking soda, shredded peal and water in
a large heavy-bottomed pot (at least 12" across by about 7" deep).
Cover and boil for about 10 minutes. Add extra water if necessary
so it does not boil dry.

Add juice/pulp mixture; bring to a boil; cover and cook for at
least 20 minutes. What you want to do is cook the peal until it is
tender. Stir it frequently and add just enough water so it does
not burn and yields a thick slurry when done. If necessary add
extra time until the peal is tender.

Measure the volume of the mixture. You should have between 3 and
5 cups of this slurry. If you have more, perhaps you have too much
water, so try to reduce it in volume a bit by cooking it longer
and stirring constantly. Add two cups of white sugar for each cup
of the boiled down peal/juice mixture; stir; bring to a boil and
cook for 15 minutes. What you want is to stir almost constantly
and keep the heat so it will boil gently but not froth or overflow.

Remove from heat, add pectin crystals. Return to heat for 5 minutes,
skim and stir but reduce heat so it does not froth. Test for
thickness using the cold plate method. If not thick enough, return
a gentle boil until desired consistency is achieved. Discard any
froth. Pour final result into hot sterilized wide-mouthed flat 1
cup (~236ml) snap cap canning jars. Seal immediately and process
in a hot water bath according the instructions in your canning
book. Allow to cool and set for at least 24 hours.


If you don't know if you will like this type of marmalade, buy some
Imported Scottish marmalade first.

You may have to cook the peal for up to an hour to get it tender

Taste it for tenderness, not "taste" as it will be very sour. The
sugar will fix that.

If it doesn't set, it will still taste good.

If it is too runny, make another batch and add the old batch when
you have bottled about half of the new batch. Boil the mixture down
and rebottle in clean sterilized canning jars.

I suggest the flat jars to stop the peal from floating to the top.

If you think this is too much work, cut up the oranges and put them
through the food processor. Your yield will be larger. It will not
look quite as nice, be as clear or taste as good. It will still be
better than store bought.

If you can't get Seville oranges, try any orange or citrus fruit.

If you scald a batch SLIGHTLY, it still may be good - taste it. I
made an excellent dark caramelized marmalade once by accident.

Some recipes call for retaining the pith and seeds to extract the
natural pectin. I would rather have consistency and use No-Name
pectin crystals purchased on sale. I find the liquid pectin too

Once you have made several batches, you may be able to make it
without a recipe as I do. Cook peal until tender, add juice and
pith, add sugar, melting it, add pectin and bottle. Boiling after
adding the pectin may not be required and the amount of pectin may
be reduced to one box. Read the instructions on the box.


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runny marmalade, January 29, 2004 - 11:41 AM
Reviewer: Ann James from Toronto, ONtario Canada
Thanks for your recipe, I have made marmalade for at least 20 years, from an Ortho Book recipe, and for the first time this year it has not set properly, I am considering reboiling all 30 jars, but hesitate thinking that it may destroy the tast. It has been a week and it has still not set properly. Any suggestions

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