• Active Time 25m
  • Total Time 12h 55m
  • Rating ****

Makes 4 1-pint jars

Use this over buttermilk pancakes and sprinkle fresh blueberries on top for a special Sunday brunch.


  • Zest of 6 oranges such as Valencia, cut in strips
  • 1 quart water
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 2 cups fresh orange juice from oranges above, strained
  • 2 tablespoons citric acid


In a saucepan, boil the zest, water and sugar, stirring constantly until the sugar is dissolved, then boil without stirring for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat, cool, cover and stand for 12 hours.

Ladle the zest mixture into a strainer, lined with several layers of cheesecloth, and press the liquid into a bowl. Mix in the orange juice and citric acid. Pour the syrup back into the saucepan and reheat.

Ladle the hot syrup into hot, clean jars leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Clean the jar rims and seal. Loosen the screw bands by half a turn. Place the jars in a gently boiling (210 degrees F) hot-water canner and process for 30 minutes. At high altitudes, increase the time as specified by the manufacturer. Remove the jars from the canner and re-tighten the lids.

CANNING TIPS: Gently remove the screw bands after 24 hours. It is important to do this after 24 hours as they will become difficult to remove, may rust and may not work properly again. Don't force them as you may break the vacuum seal.

Canned vegetables and fruits must always be stored in a dry, dark, cool area. Lids corrode in damp atmospheres; loss of food color occurs from too strong light; and jars break if frozen. Always label jars with the contents and the date.

Serving size = 2 tablespoons

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Russell. All rights reserved.

RecID 4081

nutrition information per serving

54 calories; 0g total fat; 0mg cholesterol; 0mg sodium; 14g carbohydrates; 0g fiber; 0g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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