Blood Orange Marmalade

The volume of marmalade made by this recipe varies due to the size of the oranges being used. By matching the sugar to the weight or measure of fruit, your batch will taste delicious no matter the size of the blood oranges you use. This marmalade can easily be doubled to create a larger batch.
Course Breakfast
Author Jennifer from 1840 Farm


  • 8 blood oranges
  • granulated sugar


  1. Wash the oranges and place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Chilling the oranges will make it easier to slice them.
  2. Using a mandolin or a sharp knife, slice six of the oranges approximately 1/8″ thick. Remove any seeds and place the slices in large saucepan. Add cold water to cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for ten minutes. Drain the oranges and discard the cooking liquid.
  3. Once the simmered oranges are cool enough to handle, roughly chop them using a knife or food processor until they are the desired texture. Weigh or measure the fruit and return the chopped oranges to the saucepan. Add sugar to the saucepan equal to the weight or measure of the fruit.
  4. If you plan to can the marmalade, prepare the canning pot with a rack in the bottom by filling with water and bringing it to a boil. If you don’t have a canning rack, use my tip for making your own. Sterilize the half pint canning jars and lids and keep warm until ready to use.
  5. Juice the remaining two oranges. If necessary, add water to the juice in order to equal one half cup of liquid. Add this liquid to the saucepan and stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and boil until the mixture passes the gel test when allowed to cool on the chilled plates set aside in the freezer. This process will take between 20 and 30 minutes depending on the amount of liquid in your batch.
  6. Once the mixture has passed the gel test, remove the marmalade from the heat. At this point, the marmalade can be stored in a container with a tight fitting lid in the refrigerator. If you prefer to can the marmalade for long term storage, ladle hot marmalade into sterilized half-pint jars.
  7. Remove air bubbles from the side of the jar. Using a clean cloth, remove any residue from the rim of the jar. Place a lid on the jar and tighten with band. Gently lower the filled jar into the boiling water canner. Repeat until all jars have been added to the pot. Place lid on canning pot. Return water to a boil.
  8. Process half-pint jars of marmalade for 15 minutes. Turn off heat and remove lid from pot. Allow to sit for five minutes. Carefully remove jars to a towel lined baking sheet. Allow jars to cool up to 24 hours before checking the seals and labeling the jars for storage.

Recipe Notes

Properly sealed marmalade can be stored up to one year.