Orange preserves are generally made in to Marmalade which is slightly sweet and also bitter in taste.  As the oranges are in season I bought some oranges two weeks back and everyone caught cold at my home and the oranges and simply lying on the table. So i was thinking to make some thing out of them which could be used later. In my home we are not a big fan of marmalade so i wanted to make jam out of these oranges.

I am happy with the out come love the colour, taste and the texture of the jam. This jam is sweeter side 100% and not even tastes a bit bitter. So try this jam you are also going to love this jam.

Orange Jam

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 40 minutes
Cuisine: Continental
Makes: 1 and 1/2 cups

Orange, Mandarine- 1½ kg (10 nos)
Sugar- 1½ cups
 Lemon- 1/2 (optional)

Orange Preserve

  • Peel the oranges and separate the orange segments and remove the seeds from that. Cut the white centre pith portion and try to remove the white skin as much s possible because it wont get soften after cooking and spoils the texture of the jam.(You could make jam using only orange juice to get very smooth texture but it takes longer time to reduce)
  • Squeeze two oranges and extract the juice; set aside.This gives the slight smooth texture for the jam.
  • Chop the orange segments in to smaller pieces and keep them on a pan in which we you are going to cook the jam. Squeeze them with a ladle to crush them slightly.
  • Add the extracted orange juice with this crushed orange pulp.
  • Add the sugar and keep the flame to medium and allow the mixture to boil. Once it boils the sugar dissolves in the orange juice and allow the mixture to boil well for around 20 minutes on medium high flame and stir the mixture in between.
  • Once the liquid content almost reduces reduce the flame to low and keep stirring and mash the orange pulp with the backside of the ladle and cook till the mixture reduces in volume.
  • Switch off the flame when the orange jam's consistency little hesitates to drop off from the spoon.
  • Allow to cool the jam when the jam is warm draw a line on the jam using the spatula the space should not merge indicates the right consistency of the jam.
  • Transfer the jam on to a sterile container and refrigerate and use with in two to three weeks as we have not used any preservatives.
Mandarin jam

Orange jam