How to Fix Orange Marmalade That Turned Out Too Runny

by Debra Kraft Google

    Some fruits, such as Granny Smith apples and gooseberries, contain enough pectin to thicken into preserves and marmalades with just a little sugar and heat, while others, such as oranges, need extra pectin. Orange marmalade relies on an exact proportion of pectin to sugar and acid to activate, otherwise it won't gel and advance past the heavy syrup stage. You can fix runny orange marmalade if you add more pectin, but how you add it depends on which type you used, powdered or liquid. Unlike jellies made with high-pectin fruits, you can't fix orange marmalade with heat alone.

    Items you will need

    • Liquid or powdered pectin
    • Store-bought lemon juice
    • White granulated sugar
    • Heavy-bottomed saucepan
    • Heat-proof spoon
    • Sterilized jars (optional)

    Using Liquid Pectin

    Step 1

    Portion 1/2 tablespoon of pectin, 1/2 tablespoon of store-bought lemon juice and 6 tablespoons of white granulated sugar for every 1 cup of marmalade you need to remake and set it aside.

    Step 2

    Bring the orange marmalade to a boil in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over high heat while stirring continuously with a heat-proof spoon.

    Step 3

    Take the marmalade off the stove when it starts boiling and quickly stir the sugar, lemon juice and pectin into it. Return the saucepan to the stove and let the marmalade reach a rolling boil, stirring continuously.

    Step 4

    Boil the marmalade for one minute, still stirring continuously. Skim the foam from the marmalade with a heat-proof spoon and discard.

    Step 5

    Allow the marmalade to cool to room and store it in a food-storage container in the refrigerator. If preserving, fill sterilized canning jars 1/4 inch from the top with marmalade and process them in your canner.

    Using Powdered Pectin

    Step 1

    Add 2 teaspoons of powdered pectin, 1 tablespoon of store-bought lemon juice, 1/4 cup of water and 4 tablespoons of white granulated sugar and to a heavy-bottomed saucepan for every 1 cup of orange marmalade you need to fix and bring it to a boil, stirring continuously with a heat-proof spoon.

    Step 2

    Spoon the runny marmalade into the saucepan with the other ingredients after they start to boil and stir to combine. Let the marmalade reach a boil, stirring continuously.

    Step 3

    Boil the marmalade for 30 seconds, still stirring continuously.

    Step 4

    Skim the foam from the marmalade and allow it to cool. Store marmalade in a food-storage container in the refrigerator or pour it into sterilized canning jars while hot and process in your canner.

    Warning

    • Only recook 4 to 6 cups of orange marmalade at a time.

    About the Author

    Debra Kraft serves as management representative for a global automotive supplier's North America business and quality management systems. She is also a senior member of the American Society for Quality, a quality auditor and compliance liaison with expertise including lean improvements, ERP and IT business analysis. She holds a BFA, has done MAT and MBA graduate work, and provides career training and mentoring.

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