Sunday, 14 September 2014

Orange Jam

Orange Jam by Carole's Chatter

Each year I make some marmalade – usually using oranges from our neighbours' tree.  This year my better half asked me whether it was possible to make Orange Jam instead.  I had never heard of it so did the Google thing.
It seems the only difference between jam and marmalade is that a marmalade has the skin of the fruit in it whereas a jam does not.  The jam also cooks much quicker than a marmalade.
So I decided to give it a go.  I used 9 medium sized  store bought oranges which weighed approximately a kilo after being peeled. 
I peeled the oranges with a sharp knife taking off as much of the pith as I could without being too picky about it.  I then roughly chopped the oranges.
I added a kilo of jam setting sugar to the fruit and let it sit for a half an hour.
I boiled it up for about 5 minutes.  At that stage I gave it a quick blitz with a stick blender and then added the juice of a small lemon, a tablespoon of Cognac and some vanilla extract (about 1 teaspoon).
Once it had reached jam setting stage – that is when you spoon a bit onto a cold plate you can run your finger through it and the sides won't join back up together – turn the heat off and let it all sit for 20 minutes or so before pouring it into jars.
This made 5 jars of orange jam.  The taste was somewhere between a jam and a marmalade.  Next time I'll peel the oranges with my fingers – I figure the bit of pith left is what added a touch of bitterness to the jam.


  1. I think I'd probably go with the jam as well. Thanks for reminding me what the difference between jam and marmalade is.

  2. I've never made orange jam -- and I bet you're right about the pith adding some bitterness. Sound pretty easy to make.

  3. The jam looks good! Would be nice to try it since I've never had it. Of course, living with 30+ Paddington Bears, we always have marmalade in the house. :)

  4. I hadn't heard of this either. Sounds very good.

  5. The orange jam looks pretty and delicious.

  6. This sounds good. I've made jam using my bread maker.

  7. I did not know the difference between jam and marmalade; you learn something new every day.

  8. Hi Carole,
    Your Orange Jam looks so good, I can't wait to taste this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with us at Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a fantastic day and come back real soon!
    Miz Helen


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