Light Recipes - Reduced Sugar, Salt

Light Sunshine Marmalade - No Sugar Needed Pectin

Bernardin No Sugar Needed Fruit pectin lets you sweeten this tender, full flavour marmalade with small quantity of sugar or a granular sugar substitute like SPLENDA®.


  • 6 medium oranges
  • 3 medium lemons
  • 2 cups (500 ml) unsweetened apple or orange juice
  • 1 pkg (49 g) BERNARDIN® No Sugar Needed Fruit Pectin
    • 1-1/2 cups (375 ml) SPLENDA®  No Calorie Sweetener
    • OR
    • 1-1/2 cups (375 ml) granulated sugar


  • Place 6 clean 250 ml mason jars on a rack in a boiling water canner. Cover jars with water and heat to a simmer (180°F/82°C). Set screw bands aside. Keep jars hot until ready to use.

  • Preheating Bernardin® lids is not advised. The sealing compound used for our home canning lids performs better at room temperature than it does pre-heated in simmering water (180°F). Simply wash lids in hot, soapy water, dry, and set aside until needed. Preheating can lead to less vacuum being achieved during water bath canning, and to buckle failures during pressure canning.

  • Thoroughly wash oranges and lemons; remove peel in large segments. Scrape white pith from peel; discard pith. Slice remaining peel paper-thin, set aside.

  • Using a sharp knife, remove outer membrane from peeled fruit; discard. Working over a bowl to catch juice and pulp, separate segments from membrane; discard membrane and seeds.

  • Measure 3 cups (750 ml) prepared orange, juice and pulp and 1 cup (250 ml) prepared lemon juice and pulp into a large, deep stainless steel saucepan. Stir in sliced peel and apple or orange juice. Whisk in No Sugar Needed Fruit Pectin until dissolved.

  • If using sweetener, measure SPLENDA® or sugar and set aside.

  • Stirring constantly, bring fruit mixture to a boil over high heat.

    • If using, add sweetener (sugar or SPLENDA®) and return mixture to a boil.

    • Stirring frequently, boil 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Skim foam.

  • Quickly ladle hot marmalade into a hot jar to within 1/4 inch (0.5 cm) of top of jar (headspace). Using nonmetallic utensil, remove air bubbles and adjust headspace if required by adding more marmalade. Wipe jar rim removing any food residue. Centre sealing disc on clean jar rim. Screw band down until resistance is met, then increase to fingertip tight. Return filled jar to rack in canner. Repeat for remaining marmalade.

  • When canner is filled, ensure that all jars are covered by at least 1” water. Cover canner and bring water to a full rolling boil before starting to count processing time. At altitudes up to 1000 ft (305 m), process –boil filled jars – 10 minutes.

  • When processing time is complete, remove canner lid; wait 5 minutes, then remove jars without tilting. Cool upright on a protected work surface; leave undisturbed for 24 hours; DO NOT RETIGHTEN screw bands. After cooling check jar seals. Sealed discs curve downward. Remove screw bands; wipe and dry bands and jars. Store screw bands separately or replace loosely on jars, as desired. Label and store jars in a cool, dark place. For best quality, use home canned foods within 1 year.