Winter is not known as jam season here, jams are mostly made in late Summer or in Fall. Not for me! I can make it at any time since I find it fun to preserve fresh fruit in this sweet form in jars. If you have a basket full of oranges waiting for some time in your kitchen and if you don’t know what to do with them, make this Homemade Orange Jam! You will love it so much that your family will finish it in a very short time and you need to buy more oranges to make it again.
Sometimes you don’t feel like having big breakfast and you want to start your day with something quicker. What makes a quick breakfast? It is sometimes a piece of cake or savory pie if you make these the day before. If you don’t have any of these and crave for something sweet in the morning, just spread a good amount of good butter on a toasted bread and top it with this candy like orange jam. You will see it makes a great breakfast dessert!
I’ve already made two jars of Homemade Lemon Jam this winter, and love to use it in thumbprint cookies. When mom and dad sent us a big parcel full of fresh oranges picked from their yard, inspired by my lemon jam, I just visualized the breakfast mentioned above in my mind and decided to make orange jam from those lovely smelling oranges.
This is definitely different from marmalade since it’s not as soft. The orange pieces in this homemade orange jam are more like candied oranges and they can be even served plain as a dessert. Unike most of the recipes for jams, this one is not calling for pectin. It contains a simple boiling process with right ingredients.
You will fall in love with the orange color when making this jam. At least that was how I felt!
You can store this orange jam in jars up to 6 months, but I don’t think they will stay in your kitchen that long. Imagine topping pancakes with it or using it in cakes. You see there are many options to use it besides having it with butter at breakfast.
The measurements I gave here are for 2 small jars, so you need to increase the amount if you are planning to make more.
- 2 oranges, chopped in triangles
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups water
- Mix sugar and water in a pot and bring them to boil.
- Toss in chopped oranges in the pot and bring it to lowest heat.
- Cook it for 1 hour and 45 minutes until it gets thick.
- Let it cool and then share into jars.
- Keep the jars at room temperature in a dry place.