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Seville Orange Marmalade – Made with Frozen Fruit!

 

Make amazing Seville Orange Marmalade using our fabulous easy to follow recipe which uses frozen fruit straight from the freezer!

 

All my extended family love marmalade, so each year I make a batch to give away as Christmas Pressies. The season for Seville oranges is short, with fruit appearing in the supermarkets sometime in December or early January, and finishing in February, making it touch and go whether you'll even find it in the shops before Christmas. The way I get around this is using frozen fruit. I am sure there are people who will throw up their hands in horror at the thought of marmalade made with fruit that has languished in the bottom of my extremely crammed freezer for the first ten months of the year, but for me, it is the perfect solution. Firstly, it means that the fruit is frozen in optimum condition (rather than sitting in the fridge for weeks waiting for me to find a moment of domestic goddess inspiration) Secondly, however green and ugly looking the fruit is when it goes into said freezer, it always seems to come out the most beautiful, even orange colour, and finally It allows me to take advantage of any price reductions I might spot while doing my weekly shop. The method I now always use for making my marmalade involves cooking the fruit whole (Mary Berry's recipe from 'The Aga Book'), and so I simply throw the frozen fruit straight in the pan.

For this recipe you will need:

1kg Seville Oranges, fresh or frozen
1 Lemon
2kg White Sugar
1350mls Water

Make amazing Seville Orange Marmalade using our fabulous easy to follow recipe which uses frozen fruit straight from the freezer!

Make amazing Seville Orange Marmalade using our fabulous easy to follow recipe which uses frozen fruit straight from the freezer!

Make amazing Seville Orange Marmalade using our fabulous easy to follow recipe which uses frozen fruit straight from the freezer!

Place the oranges and the juice of the lemon in a large pan and cover with the water, using a plate to keep the oranges submerged. Bring to the boil, and put a lid on the pan. At this point I transfer the pan to the simmering oven of my Aga which runs at about 130 C (depending what mood it is in). There is no reason why you cant make this recipe in a conventional oven, although it will mean having it on for longer, in my mind the convenience of cutting up the softened fruit in the next step makes it worthwhile. I would also imagine a slow cooker would be perfect for this recipe. Leave to poach until tender (about 2 hours).

Make amazing Seville Orange Marmalade using our fabulous easy to follow recipe which uses frozen fruit straight from the freezer!

Make amazing Seville Orange Marmalade using our fabulous easy to follow recipe which uses frozen fruit straight from the freezer!

Make amazing Seville Orange Marmalade using our fabulous easy to follow recipe which uses frozen fruit straight from the freezer!

Once tender, remove the fruit from the pan and drain, and reserving the liquid.. Once the fruit is cool enough to handle, cut each oranges in half and scoop out all the seeds and pith. Place all the stuff you have scooped out back into the pan with the reserved liquid and boil for 6 mins, uncovered.

Make amazing Seville Orange Marmalade using our fabulous easy to follow recipe which uses frozen fruit straight from the freezer!

Make amazing Seville Orange Marmalade using our fabulous easy to follow recipe which uses frozen fruit straight from the freezer!

Make amazing Seville Orange Marmalade using our fabulous easy to follow recipe which uses frozen fruit straight from the freezer!

Strain this liquid through a sieve, using a spoon to push the pulp through. The pulp contains the Pectin which will give your marmalade a good set, so it is important to push as much as you can through the sieve (see photos).

Make amazing Seville Orange Marmalade using our fabulous easy to follow recipe which uses frozen fruit straight from the freezer!

Make amazing Seville Orange Marmalade using our fabulous easy to follow recipe which uses frozen fruit straight from the freezer!

Make amazing Seville Orange Marmalade using our fabulous easy to follow recipe which uses frozen fruit straight from the freezer!

Cut up your peel as thick or thin as you like, and return it to the pan with the pulpy liquid and sugar. Stir over a gentle heat until the sugar dissolves, then boil it rapidly for about 20 mins until setting point is reached (105C on a preserving thermometer). If you don't have a thermometer, spoon a little marmalade onto a saucer you have chilled in a freezer. Leave for 30 secs, then push with your finger; if the marmalade wrinkles and doesn't flood to fill the gap, it is ready. Take off the heat, and leave to sit for 10 mins, this gives it a chance to start to thicken, and will prevent all the rind floating to the top when you pour it into your jars.

Make amazing Seville Orange Marmalade using our fabulous easy to follow recipe which uses frozen fruit straight from the freezer!

Make amazing Seville Orange Marmalade using our fabulous easy to follow recipe which uses frozen fruit straight from the freezer!

Make amazing Seville Orange Marmalade using our fabulous easy to follow recipe which uses frozen fruit straight from the freezer!

Pour into clean, dry, hot jars that have been sterilised in a warm oven. I use clean, screw on lids for my preserves rather than waxed discs. This recipe made 8 x 250ml jars of marmalade - approximately 2000mls in total. Stored in a cool dark place, it should keep well for at least a year.

 

Make amazing Seville Orange Marmalade using our fabulous easy to follow recipe which uses frozen fruit straight from the freezer!

Home made Marmalade is a truly wonderful thing, and despite the seemingly long cooking time this is the easiest recipe I have tried!

 

Make amazing Seville Orange Marmalade using our fabulous easy to follow recipe which uses frozen fruit straight from the freezer!

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53 Comments

  • Reply Ann McManus

    just made your marmalade. Enjoyed making it, time consuming at least I had all day to make it.Taste strong but good. the only thing is seems too thick 🙁

    November 14, 2017 at 6:19 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Glad you enjoyed making it Ann. Sounds like it reached setting point a little quicker than you expected if it’s very thick

      January 15, 2018 at 6:27 pm
  • Reply Mrs A Fletcher

    So pleased to come across your article when searching the internet having bought too many Seville oranges, delighted to learn how to freeze and use them later, many thanks.

    February 15, 2017 at 10:49 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It’s a trick I’ve been using for a few years now Mrs Fletcher, and I always get compliments on my marmalade 🙂

      February 19, 2017 at 5:30 pm
  • Reply elena

    i have navel oranges accidentally frozen in my car. gonna try this recipe on them!

    February 11, 2017 at 4:34 am
  • Reply José M. Bautista

    Hi Sarah, nice post. I wonder if you can tell me the concrete origen of these Sevilles, they seem our Ave Maria Sevilles.
    Thank you.
    José M. Bautista
    Ave Maria Farm, Seville

    December 30, 2016 at 12:06 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Hi Jose, they could well be – I buy mine from Waitrose and I see on your website that you supply them. I also found your onion and marmalade chutney recipe on there,which sounds wonderful so I look forward to trying it.x

      December 30, 2016 at 5:10 pm
      • Reply José M. Bautista

        Dear Sarah:
        Millions of Sevilles but when I see some Ave Maria Sevilles, voila, they are! Thanks so much for your information! The new season is on, our Ave Maria Sevilles are now available in Waitrose again.
        If you need anything else please tell me.
        Have a wonderful end of the year with your family! x
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        December 31, 2016 at 12:20 am
  • Reply Colin Mackay

    Why comment when you have not even made the stuff ?

    Frozen Savilles from earlier this year just turned into 8 jars of the best marmalade I have made and probably (no, certainly) the best Saville orange marmalade I have ever tasted.

    Have not checked your recipes yet, but would this work with grapefruit equally well ? (i.e. buy, freeze for a few days – and then try and find enough empty jam jars !!)

    November 9, 2016 at 3:54 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      This method does make an amazing marmalade – reading your comment triggered a toast and marmalade session here! I haven’t tried making it with grapefruit but I would imagine you would get an equally fantastic result with them – please do let me know how it turns out if you do try it.

      November 10, 2016 at 9:36 am
  • Reply Rose Lindeman

    Hii,

    This home made recipe is too good. I’ll definitely gonna try and i must say your method is unique.
    Additionally,What else we make that as simple as this recipe?

    Regards,
    Rose Lindeman

    September 29, 2016 at 6:56 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Rose, it really is a great method – let me know how you get on if you try it!

      September 30, 2016 at 10:11 am
  • Reply Michelle

    You make it sound so easy Sarah, even someone who’s a total disaster in the kitchen (like me) wants to try and make some. Thank you

    August 29, 2016 at 11:05 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It’s my favourite method for making marmalade, and it is simple to make – let me know if you decide to give it a go Michelle 🙂

      August 31, 2016 at 11:59 am
  • Reply Thomas J

    Seems like i gotta try this recipe now :p

    April 22, 2016 at 4:24 pm
  • Reply Jo

    Freezing the fruit is excellent advice, and I may buy some oranges now, freeze them and then make the marmalade when I’ve a spare moment.
    Another alternative is the tins of marmade concentrate, which make fairly decent marmalade – certainly better than the overly-sweet, shop-bought varieties.

    January 30, 2016 at 8:33 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It’s amazing how many things do freeze well, and it is a great way to avoid wastage. I haven’t tried the concentrate, but friends who have say they get good results from it too 🙂

      January 31, 2016 at 10:28 am
  • Reply sarah

    Aww this looks yummy I’m not a fan of marmalade lol but hubby is so will definitly be making him some, love the gift idea too xx

    January 27, 2016 at 3:33 pm
  • Reply Mummy here and there

    This looks very good recipe X #twinklytuesday

    January 20, 2016 at 5:28 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks, it always works out well, and is the one I find easiest out of the ones I’ve tried 🙂

      January 22, 2016 at 11:34 pm
  • Reply Stephanie Robinson

    It looks great – and what a great gift to receive. I don’t think you can beat marmalade on toast, thanks for linking to #PoCoLo 🙂
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    January 19, 2016 at 8:05 pm
  • Reply Morgan Prince

    Oh that does look yummy! I’m not sure I’d have the patience to do it myself but I’d happily eat it! 😉
    Thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo
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    January 19, 2016 at 4:16 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Morgan, it takes a bit of time to make but is a nice way to spend an hour or two 🙂

      January 20, 2016 at 1:27 pm
  • Reply Alison

    I have never made marmalade but did manage jam for the first time last year. I will definitely have to give it a go, you make it look easy
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    January 19, 2016 at 2:33 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I find marmalade easier than Jam – it’s much easier to get it to set. Let us know if you do make it!

      January 20, 2016 at 1:28 pm
  • Reply Jenny

    This looks amazing, I might think about making some for Christmas hampers this year. How long did it take to make? I’m not a marmalade person normally, but I think I would be tempted by this homemade version and the boys would love it.
    Thanks so much for linking up to #HowtoSunday 🙂 x
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    January 18, 2016 at 9:55 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Once you’ve cooked the oranges, I’d say it takes about an hour to make. In the past I’ve cooked the oranges one day and sliced them up. then left in the fridge overnight and finished it off the next, and it worked fine x

      January 20, 2016 at 1:51 pm
  • Reply Rosie @Eco-Gites of Lenault

    I don’t like marmalade but hubby does so I do tend to put some Seville oranges in the freezer if I see them at the market – they are only available here in France for a couple of weeks and often not at a time when I can prepare them. #pocolo
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    January 18, 2016 at 5:44 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      They freeze so well, and like you say the season is so short, and doesn’t always fit in with when you want to make marmalade x

      January 20, 2016 at 1:55 pm
  • Reply Sara at Handy Herbs

    Thiis looks delicious! I love marmalade so may give this a go at some point. I can just imagine the smell. Yum! 🙂 #HowToSundays

    January 17, 2016 at 7:12 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It really is such a satisfying thing to make, and home made marmalade always tastes amazing 🙂

      January 18, 2016 at 2:38 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    It certainly looks like sunshine in a jar! I love everything about oranges, especially the smell. I’ve never made marmalade before but I will def have a go soon. Sarah #howtosunday
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    January 17, 2016 at 3:57 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I love oranges too, they always seem so perfect. Let us know if you do make it, once you do you’ll be hooked!

      January 18, 2016 at 2:40 pm
  • Reply Charlotte Oates

    Well I never knew you could freeze whole oranges. I have a tendency to buy whole bags and then end up throwing half away so I’m definitely going to be giving that a try.

    This marmalade sounds delicious, I love marmalade but rarely eat it. Seeing this I really want some on some hot buttered toast right now!
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    January 16, 2016 at 9:25 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It’s a really handy trick, I’ve been doing it for a few years now. Marmalade is lovely, especially on toast. My hubby likes to put it on sausages if he has a cooked breakfast!

      January 16, 2016 at 10:32 pm
      • Reply Charlotte Oates

        Hmmm, marmalade and sausages, I’m not too sure about that one!

        January 16, 2016 at 11:41 pm
        • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

          Haha, funnily enough he always says I give him a look when he does it, so think I’m with you on that one 🙂

          January 16, 2016 at 11:50 pm
  • Reply Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    Sarah, you amaze me! This marmalade is gorgeous! The color is stunning. I had never heard of Seville oranges before, I’m going to have to find out when we have them around here, they sound really special, I really want to try them. I haven’t made jam in a long time, I’m pinning this, these would be really good on some blueberry scones that I made recently!!! Delish!
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    January 16, 2016 at 2:23 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      They are a special really bitter orange for marmalade making Nikki, you wouldn’t want to eat one out the skin. I’m not sure if you grew anything similar over there, these ones are from Spain. I agree it would be fab on blueberry scones – would have to have them with a cup of English tea though – Have you every tried that?

      January 16, 2016 at 10:50 pm
  • Reply Verily Victoria Vocalises

    I LOVE marmalade – yours looks stunning. I definitely need to give this a try. #PoCoLo
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    January 15, 2016 at 10:23 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Vicky – it really is the loveliest thing to make – makes the house smell amazing and its so satisfying having all the jars lined up once it’s made 🙂

      January 16, 2016 at 10:51 pm
  • Reply Jess Powell (Babi a Fi)

    This looks so yummy! 🙂 #PoCoLo
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    January 15, 2016 at 9:58 pm
  • Reply Claire

    I would love to make my own marmalade, yours looks so yummy 🙂

    Thanks for sharing at the weekend blog hop.. Pinning 🙂

    January 15, 2016 at 8:08 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      You should give it a go Claire, it take a bit of time, but it really is a satisfying thing to make

      January 16, 2016 at 10:53 pm

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