An abundant harvest of Meyer lemons from my backyard tree has me searching for ways to preserve them before they drop to the ground. So far I have made Meyer Lemon Aigre-Doux, salted preserved lemons, quick lemon pickle from Madhur Jaffrey’s book World Vegetarian, lemon pickle with Indian 5-spices from the blog Tigress in a pickle, and now Meyer lemon marmalade. There are still several dozen on the tree and I see another batch or two of this marmalade in my near future. This was my first experience with marmalade and it is delicious, with the added bonus of being easy.
My recipe came from an issue of Gourmet, December 1999.
Yield 6 (1/2 pint) jars
- 6 organic Meyer lemons, washed and dried
- 4 cups of water
- 4 cups of sugar
- 6 (1/2 pint) Mason type jars, sterilized
- Rings and tops, heated in hot water
- Kitchen string
- Hot water canner
- Cut a large square of cheesecloth and have some kitchen string at the ready. Halve the lemons crosswise and remove the seeds, saving them on the cheesecloth. The seeds will release natural pectin to thicken the marmalade.
- Thinly slice each lemon half, if large you may want to quarter the halves and then slice. I wanted a more chunky marmalade so the slices are larger. Try to reserve as much juice as possible. As sliced, place the lemons into a 5-quart nonreactive heavy pot. Tie up the seeds and place them into the pot with the lemons and 4 cups of water.
- Let the mixture stand, covered, at room temperature for 24 hours.
- The next day bring the lemon mixture to a boil over moderate heat. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, until reduced to about 4 cups. This will take 45 minutes to an hour.
- Prepare your hot water canner and sterilize your jars. You will need enough water to cover the sealed jars by 1 inch.
- Remove the cloth bag of seeds from the pot and stir in the sugar, bring back to a boil.
- Continue to boil over moderate heat, stirring occasionally and skimming off any foam, until a teaspoon of the mixture dropped on a cold plate gels. This will take 15-25 minutes.
- Ladle the marmalade into jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of the top. Wipe rims with a dampened cloth and seal with lids.
- Process in a hot water bath for 5 minutes, transfer with tongs to a rack and cool completely. Check to see all the jars have sealed.
The marmalade will keep, stored in a cool, dark place, up to a year. Mine will not last that long.
I’m taking this to share at Angie’s Fiesta Friday. Come join us at Fiesta Friday #116 by adding your link to FiestaFriday.net and the co-hosts’ blogs. The co-hosts this week are Judi @ cookingwithauntjuju and Cynthia @ eatmunchlove.
I love marmalade, and meyer lemon sounds delicious. I have saved the recipe. Just curious did you put the seeds in cheesecloth and put them in with the lemons? Why incude the seeds? Just wondering.
I put cheese cloth wrapped seeds in with the lemons for the 24 hours, left them in for the 45 minutes that the lemons were simmered, and removed them when I added the sugar. The seeds contain pectin which helps thicken the marmalade. This really only has 3 ingredients, lemons, water, and salt.
Never knew that thank you!!!
I was just salivating at your different attempts with your Meyer lemon recipes. Wow! What a wonderful tree to have in one’s backyard. I’m impressed that you made Madhur Jaffrey’s lemon pickle, I’ll bet it was good. Loving the marmalade too.
Thank you Loretta, I will post the other recipes soon. I want to try the pickle with food before I give it my full approval.
How lucky are you to have the Meyer lemon tree in your backyard, Liz! I love the scent and flavor of those lemons.Lemon pickles with Meyer lemons sounds like a treat and so does the marmalade!
A sister had lemon and grapefruit trees in her yard and I was so envious. Lemons are essential in cooking and needed for so many recipes. Thanks for sharing Liz with Fiesta Friday.
As a teenager I lived in Florida and we had 9 citrus trees of various types in the yard, it was such a treat. I agree about lemons, I use them every day.
Beautiful lemons! How wonderful that you grow them 😀 Your marmalade looks delicious!
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This looks delicious! I want some now even if it is January! 🙂
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