Does marmalade need pectin?

Unlike most other jams, a traditional marmalade is not made with the addition of commercial pectin. Yes, there are mixture “marmalades” made by combining other fruits with the citrus and yes in some of those cases a recipe may call for pectin. But if you are making a traditional recipe, no pectin is needed.

How do you make orange jam?


  1. Peel the oranges, removing as much of the white pith as possible.
  2. Puree the oranges with an immersion blender or regular blender.
  3. Place orange puree in a saucepan and add sugar and spices.
  4. Simmer the orange puree over moderate heat until it thickens into a jam, about 20-30 minutes.

How do you make marmalade jam less bitter?

Citrus fruit: Even though orange marmalade is the most common type, you can also try using other citrus fruits. Blending varieties can be great for if you like your marmalade less bitter. Try using blood oranges, lemons, limes, or grapefruit. Citrus fruits are high in natural pectin content, making it easy to thicken.

What can I use instead of Seville oranges?

If you don’t have Seville oranges then the best substitute is:

  • For a juice substitute add 2 parts lime juice to 1 part orange juice.
  • If you’re making marmalade then, per 2lbs of Seville oranges substitute 3 sweet oranges, 1 grapefruit and 2 lemons and reduce the amount of sugar used. See marmalade recipe.

How do you make Martha Stewart marmalade?


  1. Bring fruit, peels, and water to a boil in a large saucepan. Cook for 5 minutes.
  2. Freeze a plate. Uncover citrus mixture, and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.
  3. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring often. Cook until mixture registers 220 degrees to 222 degrees on a candy thermometer, about 20 minutes.

How can I thicken my marmalade?

Add 2 teaspoons of powdered pectin, 1 tablespoon of store-bought lemon juice, 1/4 cup of water and 4 tablespoons of white granulated sugar and to a heavy-bottomed saucepan for every 1 cup of orange marmalade you need to fix and bring it to a boil, stirring continuously with a heat-proof spoon.

How long should I boil marmalade?

Bring the marmalade to a rolling boil for 10-15 minutes. Skim off any orange scum that rises to the surface. Test for setting point by dropping a little of the mixture onto a chilled saucer, leave for a moment, then push your finger into the marmalade. If it wrinkles it is ready.

Why is marmalade not orange jam?

Well there is a perfectly good explanation for this (it’s not that we just want our marmalade to sound fancy); jam is made using the pulp and juices of a fruit, whereas marmalade is made from citrus fruit and uses the juice and peel or rind – giving it the delicious chunky bits in it that make marmalade so tasty!

How do you cut bitterness in marmalade?

How do you neutralize the bitter taste? If you prefer your orange marmalade mostly sweet without any overtly bitter traces, then you’ll to need remove the thick, white part (called the pith) and cook the orange rind well.

How do you get the bitterness out of homemade marmalade?

It tastes bitter: Try adding honey or brown sugar. A cup of honey in a pot of jam can soften up the bitter edge of many citrus fruits. Brown sugar (or other dark sugars) can help too.

Is orange jam the same thing as marmalade?

There really is no difference other than orange jam is obviously made with oranges , while marmalade can be made with many kinds of citrus fruits. But if we’re talking about a difference between orange jam and orange marmalade, there is none. To break it down, jam is typically cut up pieces of fruit and sugar.

How does Marmalade taste like?

Marmalade is a citrus fruit preserve that is commonly made from Seville oranges or other fruit like grapefruits, lemons, or limes. Depending on the type of fruit used, the flavor will vary; however, it is usually a combination of sweetness from sugar and bitterness from citrus fruit peel.

How does Marmalade differ from jelly?

Jelly is traditionally juice only, jam pureed fruit (or fruit that cooks down into mush during the process; you don’t really have to puree raspberries for jam), preserves whole or mashed but not pureed, and marmalade is a citrus jelly , jam or preserves that includes pieces of the rind.

What are the ingredients in Jam?

Essentially the principal ingredients used in jam making are simply fruit and sugar. However, depending upon the actual recipe itself, there may be a number of additional ingredients added to the pot, such as spices, ginger and lemon juice (for fruit with little in the way of natural acid).