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 easy...it 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 consumption...one 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

Ingredients:

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

Special equipment:
Cheesecloth
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.

3 comments:

pinkstripes 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!!