Orange marmalade

Preparation: 15 mins

Cooking: 10 mins

Marmalade sets best if fruit is not too ripe.

Makes 3 – 4 cups


  • 4 Navel oranges
  • 1 lemon
  • 200mls water
  •  3 cups sugar


THINLY slice fruit.

Place in 2 litre microwave safe jug or bowl.

Add water.

Microwave on HIGH for 10 minutes to soften the fruit.

Add sugar. Stir to dissolve.

Microwave on HIGH for 10 minutes then MEDIUM HIGH for a further 10 minutes. (Watch carefully to en- sure it doesn’t boil over).

Test to check marmalade had reached gel point.

A teaspoon of marmalade on an icy cold saucer should set. If not set, cook a minute or so more and retest until a firm gel is achieved.

Cool slightly, pour into sterilised jars.

Cover and label when cool.


Get creative and try any other citrus fruit. Replace oranges with three pink grapefruit or six lemons or 1.5 litres of cumquats (quartered).

For cumquat marmalade: Remove the seeds from the cumquats and soak them overnight in the 200mls water to extract the pectin.

Add the pectin water into the fruit before cooking.