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This recipe is fabulous it's a very old recipe that I always turn to for making marmalade. I'm sure if you make this you'll not be disappointed at all. Makes about 6 kg


Serves: 8-10

  • 2 seville oranges
  • 4 lemons
  • 7 pints water
  • 8⅘ pounds granulated sugar


Marmalade is a community recipe submitted by chocolate nemesis and has not been tested by so we are not able to answer questions regarding this recipe.

  • Put the whole fruit in a basin of very lukewarm water and a give them a good wash and a gentle scrub. Put the washed fruit, whole into a large a large saucepan or preserving pan. Add the water and put the lid on. Bring to the boil and simmer for about 1- 1½ hours. You should be able to easily pierce the skins of the fruit with a skewer when they are ready.
  • Remove the fruit from the water and place on a large dish to cool down a little. With a sharp knife, cut the cooled fruit into quarters and scrape out the pulp and pips. Add the pips, the pulp and any obvious residual juice into the pan with the water that was used to boil the fruit. Boil the pips and pulp for a full 10 minutes and then strain. Retain the juice, but discard the strained pulp and pips.
  • Meanwhile, put the sugar in a large container, roasting tin or bowl and put into a low oven to warm through. This will make it easier for the sugar to dissolve.
  • Put your clean jam jars into the low oven to warm through ready for potting the marmalade.
  • Chop or slice the orange and lemon peel to your favourite size and shape. Put the chopped peel into the reserved water. Bring to the boil. Add the warm sugar. Stir over a gentle heat until you are sure that all the sugar is dissolved. Bring this mixture to the boil and continue to boil rapidly without stirring for approximately ½ hour. You are aiming to reach setting point, (see below on setting point).
  • Leave the marmalade in the hot pan for a short time until it shows that it is beginning to set properly. The peel will be showing signs of becoming "suspended" in the mixture.
  • Carefully ladle the hot marmalade into warm, clean jam jars. These should have been warmed up in a low oven for at least 30 minutes beforehand.
  • Seal the finished jars. To Test For Setting Poin: Put a small spoonful of cooked marmalade onto a very cold saucer. (Keep a few at the ready in the fridge or freezer). Allow it to cool a little and then push it with your finger, or, tilt the dish to one side. If the marmalade wrinkles up, it is ready.
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    What 4 Others have said

    • Did you mean 2kg Seville oranges....doesn't seem enough for me

      Posted by Epj67 on 1st February 2022
    • My marmalade turned out a little bitter!

      Posted by Yumelicious on 27th March 2014
    • hmmm How much water And how long is this "rapidly without stirring for approximately ½ hour"

      Posted by timdodd on 31st October 2013
    • This is such a fabulous recipe - the best marmalade ever. Thanks.

      Posted by cpeene76 on 17th February 2013
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