Low Sugar Orange Marmalade

jars of low sugar orange marmalade

A classic orange marmalade made with less sugar


  • 8 oranges
  • 2 lemons
  • 4 cups of sugar
  • 1 box Sure Jell low sugar pectin
  • 2 1/2 cups of water
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp butter
  • pinch of salt ( I always add a pinch of salt to my jams. It is not necessary, I just think it helps the taste.)
  • half pint jars, lids and water bath canner
  • Have your jars hot and ready to go


  • Using a vegetable peeler, carefully peel the citrus fruits. Be sure to only take the peel and not the bitter white pith
  • Set the peels aside.
  • In my research all of the recipes said “cut up the fruit.” Not very helpful if one has never really cut up an orange or lemon. I trimmed the rest of the peel off of the fruit and cut the oranges and lemons into supremes (there is a link to instructions in the post). After the supremes were cut squeeze the juice out into a bowl
  • cut all of the supremes into fourths.
  • Chop the peels into small pieces.
  • Put the chopped peel, 2 1/2 cups water and the baking soda into a large, non reactive pot.
  • Bring it to a boil, cover it and let it simmer for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • Next add the fruit and its juice, return to a simmer and let cook for 10 minutes.
  • While the fruit is cooking get the sugar and pectin ready. Put the pectin and 1/4 cup of sugar in one bowl and the 3 3/4 cups of sugar in another bowl.
  • Once the fruit has simmered for 10 minutes add the sugar/pectin mixture and the 1 tsp butter to the pot.
  • Mix well and bring to a ROLLING BOIL – a boil you cannot stir down. When that happens add the rest of the sugar and return to a rolling boil FOR EXACTLY ONE MINUTE. Turn off the heat.
  • Ladle the marmalade into the half pint jars leaving 1/2″ headspace. Wipe the rims and add the lids. Process in a water bath canner for 15 minutes.Make any suggested adjustments if you are over 3,000ft.
  • Turn off the heat and let them sit in the canner for an additional 5 minutes. Remove from the canner and let them sit overnight.


this is time consuming but well worth the effort

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