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Orange Marmalade


Orange Marmalade – Light & Fresh is a low-sugar or low-honey cooked marmalade made with Pomona’s Universal Pectin. This is the same recipe you’ll find on the direction and recipe sheet that comes with the pectin. Pomona’s Pectin contains no sugar or preservatives and jells reliably with low amounts of any sweetener.


Option: Other citrus can be used in place of the orange and grapefruit, you will use the quantity listed.
Servings 7 cups


  • 4 oranges (medium sized) see note
  • ½ grapefruit see note
  • 3 cups water or orange juice
  • 3 teaspoons calcium water see step #1
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon or lime juice bottled
  • 1 cup to 1½ cups honey or 2 cups to 3 cups sugar
  • teaspoons Pomona’s pectin powder mixed with sweetener


  • Before You Begin, prepare calcium water.
    To do this, combine ½ teaspoon calcium powder (in the small packet in your box of Pomona’s pectin) with ½ cup water in a small, clear jar with a lid. Shake well.
    Extra calcium water should be stored in the refrigerator for future use.
  • Wash jars, lids, and bands. Place jars in canner, fill canner 2/3 full with water, bring to a boil. Turn off heat, cover, and keep jars in hot canner water until ready to use. Place lids in water in a small sauce pan; cover and heat to a low boil. Turn off heat and keep lids in hot water until ready to use.
  • Peel 2 of the oranges. Scrape the white from the back of the peel. Thinly slice the peel and cut into strips about 1 to 1½ inches long. Put peel slices into sauce pan and set aside.
  • Peel the remaining 2 oranges and the grapefruit. Remove seeds and membrane from all 4 oranges and ½ grapefruit, and finely chop the pulp of all, retaining as much of the juice as possible. Add chopped pulp and juice to the sauce pan with the peel.
  • Add 3 cups water or juice to the sauce pan. Bring fruit to a boil, then turn heat down and simmer covered for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and measure out 6 cups of fruit mixture. Save any extra for another use. Return 6 cups of fruit mixture to the sauce pan.
  • Add calcium water and lemon or lime juice, and mix well.
  • Measure sugar or room temperature honey into a bowl. Thoroughly mix pectin powder into sweetener. Set aside.
  • Bring fruit mixture to a full boil. Add pectin-sweetener mixture, stirring vigorously for 1 to 2 minutes to dissolve the pectin while the marmalade comes back up to a boil. Once the marmalade returns to a full boil, remove it from the heat.
  • Fill hot jars to ¼” of top. Wipe rims clean. Screw on 2-piece lids. Put filled jars in boiling water to cover. Boil 10 minutes (add 1 minute more for every 1,000 ft. above sea level). Remove from water. Let jars cool. Check seals; lids should be sucked down. Eat within 1 year. Lasts 3 weeks once opened.

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8 Responses

  1. Heather Simpson
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    Have you ever used a product called Mamade ? It is canned Seville Orange pulp and peel without sugar. It is concentrated and I have made it with the suggested large quantity of sugar and it sets beautifully. I would now like to try it without sugar and use Pamona’s pectin . I would like to sweeten it with Swerve.
    Thanks, Heather

    • Shelby Collings
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      Hello Heather,

      We have never heard of Mamade! It sounds delicious though 😊 Is there typically pectin involved in Mamade? If you find us a recipe, we are happy to help you try and convert it.

  2. Karen
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    Can I use all Ruby Red grapefruit? And if so, can you give the ingredients by weight or US cups? Citrus sizes vary considerably. Btw, love all the recipes I’ve – thank you!

    • Shelby Collings
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      Hello Karen,

      Yes, you sure can! We do recommend using medium sized oranges, and becuase it all gets measured in the end, we do not offer the weight or cup measurement on the ingredient list.

      Thank you!! 😊

    • Jim Dumont
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      Can I use Pomona’s calcium water that I have stored, unrefrigerated, for my next batch of marmalade or do I need a new mix?
      BTW I am a big fan of your pectin😊

      • Shelby Collings
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        Hello Jim,

        As long as there is not anything floating in the water or any off smell, it should be fine to use. We do recommend storing the calcium water in the fridge for future use. It can also be stored in the freezer and will keep indefinitely, and will just need to be thawed before use. We also highly recommend labeling your jar of calcium water, as it seems to be the first item tossed when cleaning the fridge/freezer 😉.

        Calcium powder may be stored in the pantry in an air tight container.

  3. Rebecca
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    Can I safely use freshly squeezed oranges for the 3 cups of juice, or does it have to be store-bought?

    Also, can I increase the amount of orange peels? -I like a jam/marmalade with a lot of texture! 🙂

    • Shelby Collings
      | Reply

      Great questions Rebecca! Yes, you can certainly use fresh squeezed oranges, and you can definitely use additional orange peels, that’s how we like it too!

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