Red Onion MarmaladeRed Onion MarmaladeRed Onion Marmalade

How many ways can we use red onions in canning recipes? That is my goal for the next week!!! There is nothing better than a red onion on a bagel with cream cheese and lox but change it up with a bit of jelly to add to the flavor you have the perfect Red Onion Marmalade. This is not a low sugar recipe, but it is mighty tasty!  Enjoy!

Red Onion Marmalade

Red Onion Marmalade

This marmalade will be great as a glaze for chicken and a great spread for your burger.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 d 2 hrs
Total Time 1 d 2 hrs 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 60


  • 1 3/4 cups red onions, halved then sliced thinly
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried cranberries -rough chopped
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (5% acidity)
  • 2 tsp grated orange zest (important)
  • 3 cups unsweetened apple juice (just check for no sugar added)
  • 1 package powdered pectin (not low sugar)
  • 4 cups sugar



  • Prepare 6 half pint jars, lids, and rings. Sterilize the jars andkeep them in the hot water till its time for processing. Make sure to fillyour water bath canner and get the water to a simmer. Prep the onions and cranberries and zest the oranges.


  • In a large stainless steel or enameled dutch saute onions, cranberries, brown sugar and cider vinegar over medium heat until onions are transparent. Here is the thing that might be different for some of you: Add powdered pectin and apple juice.
  • Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Then: Add granulated sugar, stirring until dissolved. Return to a rolling boil. Boil hard for one minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. 

Filling the jars:

  • On a dishtowel place your hot jars and using your funnel in each jar fill  leaving  1/4”  headspace.  Remove air bubbles and refill to the properheadspace with the liquid brine if necessary.
  • Taking a clean papertowel wet itwith warm water and wipe the rims of the jars removing any food particles thatwould interfere with a good seal.
  • Using your magic wand extract the lids fromthe hot water and place them on the now cleaned rims. Add your rings to thetops of each of the jars and turn to seal just "finger tight". 


  • Make sure your rack is on the bottom of the canner and place the jarsin the water bath making sure that the water covers each of the jars by 1 to 2inches. Add hot water to the canner if it doesn't measure up.
  • Cover the pot andturn up the heat under the canner and wait for the water to start boiling. Once the water has come to a boil start your timer for 15 minutes.
  • When complete turn off the heat and remove the cover and let the jars sit for another few minutes.
  • Remove the jars and place them back on the dishtowel in a place thatthey will sit overnight to cool. Do not touch or move them till the nextmorning.


  • Some time in the next hour yourjars will be making a "pinging" or "popping" noise. That isthe glass cooling and the reaction of the lids being sucked into the jar forproper sealing. Some recipes may take overnight to seal. Check your lids andreprocess any jars that did not seal.
Keyword Marmalade, Onion, Red Onion Marmalade