Homemade Sweet Orange Jam

Dive into the world of homemade preserves with this simple and delightful Sweet Orange Jam recipe. Perfect for spreading on toast, swirling into yogurt, or even as a cake filling, this jam combines the fresh zestiness of oranges with a hint of spice. Let’s create a batch of sunshine in a jar!


  • Oranges: 3 kilos (with peel; will yield 2 kilos of peeled oranges and peel)
  • Sugar: 4 cups (800 grams)
  • Lemon Juice: Juice of one large lemon or 5 tablespoons
  • Lemon Salt: A quarter teaspoon
  • Cloves: 5 pieces (optional for a hint of spice)


  1. Prepare the Oranges: Start by washing the oranges thoroughly. Peel them, making sure to remove as much of the white pith as possible, as it can add bitterness to your jam. Thinly slice the peel into strips if you like bits of peel in your jam. Chop the peeled oranges into small pieces or blend them slightly for a smoother texture.
  2. Mix Ingredients: In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, combine the chopped oranges, orange peel strips (if using), and sugar. Stir well to mix. Let this mixture sit for about an hour, allowing the sugar to draw out the natural juices of the oranges.
  3. Cook the Jam: Place the pot over medium heat, adding the lemon juice and lemon salt. If you’re using cloves for an extra layer of flavor, add them now. Stir continuously as the mixture begins to simmer. The lemon juice not only adds flavor but also helps in setting the jam by providing pectin.
  4. Monitor the Consistency: Cook the mixture until it thickens. This could take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the moisture content of the oranges. To test if the jam is ready, place a small amount on a cold plate; if it wrinkles when pushed with a finger, it’s set.
  5. Final Steps: Once the jam has reached the desired consistency, remove it from heat. If you added cloves, take them out now. Let the jam cool for a few minutes, then carefully ladle it into sterilized jars. Seal the jars while the jam is still hot to ensure a good vacuum seal.
  6. Storage: Store your Sweet Orange Jam in a cool, dark place. Once opened, keep it in the refrigerator to preserve its freshness.

Serving Suggestions:

Enjoy your homemade Sweet Orange Jam on toast, mixed into yogurt, or as a sweet glaze for desserts. Its bright, citrusy flavor will bring a touch of warmth to any dish!

This easy-to-follow recipe ensures you can enjoy the taste of homemade jam with the wholesome goodness of oranges any time of the year.

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