rhubarb and orange marmalade

Rhubarb and Orange Marmalade Recipe

Gorgeously orangey marmalade with a lovely flavour from the rhubarb too, this rhubarb and orange marmalade is super easy to make and taste absolutely delicious on freshly cut toast!

I always think jam making will be really difficult but with the abundance of rhubarb we have from our allotment I decided to bite the bullet and have a go at making some to give out to family / friends. It was actually really simple to do so I’ll definitely now be making lots of jams and preserves with our allotment produce. I’m going to have a go at a refined sugar free chia seed jam this week!

This recipe makes around 5 jars worth of jam. The sterilising jars part always seems like a faff, but I read that they sterilise just fine in your dishwasher on the highest setting (rather than the traditional oven method) – so it’s easy peasy if you have a dishwasher!  Just remember to time it so that your hot jam doesn’t go into cold jars (it can cause the glass to break).

If you are not sure if your jam is ready towards the end, here is a tutorial on a great way to test jam by BBC Good Food.

Jam plate test:

  • Put your plate in the freezer for about fifteen minutes before taking it out to test a spoonful of hot jam.
  • Push your finger through the jam on the plate – you’re looking for it to wrinkle and not flood back in to fill the gap.
  • If it’s not ready, turn the pan back on, simmer for five minutes and test again.

rhubarb orange marmalade

Have you tried making jam before?

L x

Rhubarb and Orange Marmalade Recipe


  • 750g rhubarb
  • 1.2kg sugar
  • 2 medium oranges


  1. Chop the rhubarb into approx 1 inch pieces. Quarter the oranges and remove the seeds. 
  2. Add the oranges to a food processor and process until only fine shreds of peel remain.
  3. Add the orange, rhubarb and sugar to a large saucepan and bring to the boil.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring often for about 1 hour. To check if it is done, place a blob onto a plate that has been in the freezer for 15 minutes, leave for a minute or so, then push with your fingers to see if it sets and wrinkles when pushed (handy link explaining this above!)
  5. Pour into clean jam jars that have been sterilised in an oven or dishwasher.
  6. Let cool and enjoy! L x
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