With the last of my lemons I made Honey Lemon Marmalade adapted from a recipe I found at Food In Jars.
It was the most amazing day yesterday. We let the fire go out and I had the windows and doors open. The air wooshed through on the tail of the wind but I did not care. It was FRESH! I just dressed appropriately! But I did not even need a jacket, and my clown suit sulked on its hook all day. As the day warmed up so did the bees and out they came. I took you out to see.
So I had 8 juicy organic lemons left over. Just enough to make the honey lemon marmalade. This is a sensational marmalade. Quite a change from the straight sugar variety.
Now Marissa added pectin right at the end, but I made a tiny change, don’t tell her, she might get cranky, and I used the seeds to thicken the jam. I do not like it too thick you see. And I am making it to cook with, so it does not need to keep for months.
Cut the lemons into wedges, slice the thin end of the wedge off along with the seeds, flick out and collect any extra seeds. Wrap those slices of pith and the seeds in a small muslin bag to cook with the marmalade.
Put the lemon wedges through a food processor using the slice blade, twice. This was my first attempt at a short cut and it worked very well. Lemon juice and cut fingers do not go well together.
Cook all ingredients plus the muslin bag for about 30 – 45 minutes. Drop tiny bits into a saucer of freezing cold water to test, the marmalade needs to gel into a rolling ball. If it is not thickening to your satisfaction then you could add the pectin. Just a heaped tablespoon, then simmer for about 5 minutes.
Ladle into serilised jars. Lids and rings and into a boiling bath for ten minutes. I omitted the water bath as well because this marmalade is destined for the fridge. But Marissa would encourage you to use the water bath just to be sure.
Stand by though, as this special marmalade is an ingredient in a lovely dinner! I shall cook it for you today. These are the bees in the struggling hive. They were out and about yesterday in the warm as well, and I was much heartened by their vigor. It is not their honey we are using today, they were left with all their honey for winter food.
Today is also destined to be warm. No fire to warm the house today. No-one will be inside anyway!! After doing the barn I shall be hanging the clothes out on the line to dry. Later today we are off to the junk yard to find something we can turn into a harvest table. I shall take the camera in case there are treasures! You can have a wee excursion!