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Orange Jam

The orange jam tastes sweet and tangy. Kids love this jam. Calories displayed for 1 tablespoon.
Course Butters and Jams
Cuisine World
Keyword orange jam recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 600 ml
Calories 55kcal


  • 3 pounds oranges about 10 large oranges, makes 4½ cups of orange puree that is 1 litre.
  • 2 cup sugar or 1.5 cup for low sugar jam
  • ¼ cup orange zest sliced
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice more if oranges are sweet and not tarty.


  • Keep 2 plates in the freezer for jam setting test. Prepare clean and dry jars if storing in the fridge. (Sterilize jars if canning.)

For Zest

  • Remove the zest of 3-4 oranges with a sharp serrated knife. Take care not to remove the white part. Boil the peel in water for 3 minutes until the water color changes to yellow. Then strain the peel and discard the water. Set the zest aside.

For Orange Puree

  • Peel the oranges making sure to remove as much white part as possible.
  • Now cut each peeled orange into half. Then slice off the pulp from each half leaving the center and seed portion intact. Make sure there are no seeds in the pulp. Puree the pulp in a blender.
  • Double 6" piece of cheese cloth and place it over a small bowl with edges hanging. Put the center with seeds of orange on it. Tie it tightly with an undyed cotton thread or unflavored dental floss. (See notes)
  • In a thick based pan, add puree, sugar, orange zest, and cheesecloth bag.
  • Cook jam for 30 minutes on medium-low with occasional stirring. When the liquid is reduced to half, remove the muslin bag. Continue cooking on low heat with frequent stirring.
  • Cook jam until liquid is reduced to ½ of the initial volume. It will be thick sauce-like and will cover the back of the spoon.
  • Test the jam on the cold plate. When the jam holds its shape and doesn't spread, it is ready.
  • Then ladle the hot jam to clean dry jars keeping only ½ inch space between lid and jam. Wipe the rim with a wet towel. Place the lid and turn the jar upside down to create a vacuum seal. Store jam in the fridge or freezer. ( Or follow canning procedure for storing longer at room temperature.)



  • Orange Puree: I have tried to provide different measurements for orange. We need 1 litre that 4.5 cups of puree for this jam.
  • Storage: Stays good in the fridge too for 3 weeks. Use a clean spoon to serve. Or freeze for longer storage.
  • Avoid overcooking. Overcooking is when you cook jam to a level when sugar starts to burn on high heat.
  • Cheesecloth: If you don't have cheesecloth, use a thin undyed, and clean, pure cotton fabric.


Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 55kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 0.1mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 79IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.04mg