Hankering for a wholesome fruit jam in the dead of winter? My recipe for Orange Marmalade is likely one of the easiest recipes ever! In fact, once you make it, you will realize that you don’t actually need a recipe. It is a lovely orange color, has an enticing aroma and fabulous taste, and takes less than 10 minutes to prepare. Unlike some jams, you don’t add pectin to this recipe because the natural pectins in the orange rind help the marmalade firm up when cool.
Although I made my last batch with Tangelos (see photo) and often use Naval oranges, I prefer Clementines (a form of tangerine or mandarin orange) because they have a better flavor than plain oranges, softer membranes, thinner skins, and fewer seeds. However, I usually use whatever organic version I can find so this year it was Tangelos.
Yield: Depends upon the size and number of oranges you use
An easy, naturally gluten free marmalade recipe using only fresh oranges and sugar.
Oranges (clementines, naval, tangelo), washed but unpeeled
Granulated cane sugar
Cut oranges into quarters, removing any seeds or white pithy centers. Place quarters in food processor and pulse until peel reaches desired size (1/8-inch to ¼-inch pieces are best). Place oranges in large glass Pyrex measuring cup to see how much you have because you will add the same amount of granulated sugar. For example, for 2 cups chopped oranges use 2 cups granulated sugar. Stir to blend well.
Microwave orange-sugar mixture on High, covered with a sheet of waxed paper, one minute. Stir, then heat again for 30 seconds. Repeat in 30 second intervals until marmalade thickens slightly. Store, tightly covered, in the refrigerator.
Don’t reduce the sugar; the recipe needs sugar for best flavor and proper thickening.
The amount of marmalade you will get depends on the size and number of oranges you use.
Can You Freeze Marmalade? The answer is YES. Simply fill your thick-glassed, 1-cup mason jar to within 1-inch of the top, label clearly, and freeze. (Jam doesn't expand much in the freezer.) To thaw, let it sit overnight in the refrigerator and always keep unused portions refrigerated. Enjoy your frozen jam within one year, as after a year it will start to lose flavor.
Ways to Enjoy Marmalade
Spread on your favorite gluten-free toast, muffins, pancakes, or waffles
Spread a little between your favorite gluten-free cookies for an easy Whoopie
Add ¼ cup to gluten-free muffin batter for flavor and sweetness ( especially good in cranberry muffins)
Spread between gluten-free cake layers for a European-style layer cake
Savor a teaspoon of marmalade when you need a sugar-lift!