orange mar male gift jar

We often have an excess of fruit at work from the weekly delivery. At the end of the week, we are encouraged to take home any fruit that is still in the fruit basket. The common leftovers are mandarin, apple, pear, orange with the occasional banana. It really depends on what fruits are in season as to how many that we get, also determining what’s leftover.

I love having a variety of fruit to choose from. It means I don’t have to worry about remembering to bring snacks to work. Because of this, I often eat 2-3 pieces of fruit when I’m in the office. The other obvious benefit is I get my recommended daily serves of fruit.

I decided to put the leftover oranges to good use, making Orange Marmalade. You wouldn’t believe how easy it is to make!

If I have a choice between jam or marmalade for my morning toast, marmalade wins every time! It was rare that we had marmalade in the cupboard growing up, so I take advantage of it whenever I can. It will probably be on my toast every morning until the jar is empty!

As it’s the end of the year I needed to come up with something to give to my daughter’s childcare educators. I know they don’t expect anything but I just want to show my appreciation for helping my daughter to learn & develop so many new skills. And homemade food gifts are especially well received.

Orange Marmalade


  • 300 mL water
  • 300 g sugar
  • 3-4 oranges
  • 250 mL jar


    1. Juice the oranges
    2. Combine water, sugar and orange juice in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil then let simmer for 40-60 minutes
    3. When the Marmalade is ready, pour it intothe sterlised jar.


To test if the Marmalade is ready, dollop some Marmalade on a plate and let cool in the fridge for 5 minutes. If the Marmalade goes crinkly when touched, it is ready.

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