Thursday, January 22, 2009

Still working on those lemons....

I decided to use up the last of my Meyer Lemons by making Meyer Lemon Marmalade. Don't get me wrong, I still have 20 pounds of regular lemons my friend Michele brought over from her tree...(yes, the same Michele of the persimmon tree)....I think I will make some lemon loaves with those.

This recipe was very does take 2 days to complete though as the sliced up lemons soak in water overnight. I processed the jars in a water bath to that they could sit in my pantry for a while and be used as gifts later. I did keep one jar in my fridge for my sole word: YUM!

Here's the recipe:

Meyer Lemon Marmalade Gourmet | December 1999

Yield: Makes 6 (1/2-pint) jars
Active Time: 1 1/4 hr
Total Time: 25 1/4 hr


6 Meyer lemons (1 1/2 pounds)
4 cups water
4 cups sugar

Special equipment:
Kitchen string
6 (1/2-pint) Mason-type jars, sterilized

Halve lemons crosswise and remove seeds. Tie seeds in a cheesecloth bag. Quarter each lemon half and thinly slice. Combine with bag of seeds and water in a 5-quart nonreactive heavy pot and let mixture stand, covered, at room temperature 24 hours.

Bring lemon mixture to a boil over moderate heat. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until reduced to 4 cups, about 45 minutes. Stir in sugar and boil over moderate heat, stirring occasionally and skimming off any foam, until a teaspoon of mixture dropped on a cold plate gels, about 15 minutes.

Ladle hot marmalade into jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of top. Wipe rims with dampened cloth and seal jars with lids.

Put jars in a water-bath canner or on a rack set in a deep pot. Add enough hot water to cover jars by 1 inch and bring to a boil. Boil jars, covered, 5 minutes and transfer with tongs to a rack. Cool jars completely.

Cooks' note:
• Marmalade keeps, stored in a cool, dark place, up to 1 year.

**Just a note, the recipe doesn't indicate when to take the bag of seeds out...I boiled the mixture with the bags of seeds and then removed it before spooning it into jars.


Anonymous said...

Ooh...lemon marmalade sounds delicious.

Barbara said...

Oh yum! I envy you all those wonderful lemons!

Beth said...

Wow!! That looks great - good job!!