Honey Lemon Marmalade on a lovely late Winter Day

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.

  • 8  lemons (about 4 cups of chopped lemon)
  • 1 cup home made honey
  • scant 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup water

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!

Good Morning!

c

100 Comments on “Honey Lemon Marmalade on a lovely late Winter Day

  1. YAY bees! It is so heartening to see them out! I was worried about our big hive. I was out there the other day when it was warmish and didn’t see any activity, while a few bees were coming in and out of the newer hive. But Bill and Mike (husband and son) peeked in the top over the weekend and found that most of the bees have moved up into the top brood box. Alive! phew! Which means we will have to switch the two brood boxes later to get the queen and her brood back to the bottom box. But I always worry about February. Do you give your bees fondant? Your honey lemon marmalade sounds elegant. Thank you bees!

    • I give them a bee cake, I always leave them with plenty of honey, and then in march we will begin with the sugar water. I am always worried about the switching of the boxes, it has to be done and I have to force myself to wait until May. I switched my strong hive last year, divided one and exactly 6 weeks later they swarmed, then they swarmed again. Then I had four hives. This year, when I reverse the hives I am going to add a box on top and give them room to move up as well. Hopefully to ward off the swarming. I love the bees. We must keep in touch on it as like everything i am very new to bees! c

  2. It’s great to see and read about your bees. The sun came out here briefly today, and I know how your bees feel, warming themselves in the sun. Looking forward to my excursion tomorrow 🙂

  3. Yesterday was spectacular. Often, here near the Lake, a day that warm will bring a thick, damp fog that prohibits the temps from rising. I don’t know what happened but there was no fog and we had an incredible day, as a result. Good to see the bees out & about, even if just on their ledge. C’mon Spring!

    • We had quite a bit of wind, maybe it blew the fog away.. and it looks like today will be even better as we do not have the wind so far.. So beautiful.. another gift.. remember this time last winter!! c

  4. I’m reminded of Gran making her apricot jam with the seeds from inside the kernels floating as pale islands inside the jar. As to the wind blowing through your house, I think you are very hardy.

    • Oh yeah, my Mum used to do that too, i had completely forgotton about it! And now i know why.. I am hardy, as soon as John was asleep I got up and opened the bedroom window, it was cold but I love to hear the outside! i have blankets!! c

  5. Love that marmalade…and don’t worry about Marisa – she loves variations AND refrigerator preserves!
    We have 50F and rain this morning…If this keeps up, I’m planting peas next week. 🙂

    • Rain is ok, moisture in the soil for spring is a good thing, snow tends to evaporate off fast. But I actually would not mind a real snow storm, i am still a bit of a kid about the snow!! Morning Miss T.. c

  6. I don’t think I’ve ever had marmalade but it seems similar to jam/jelly. Looks delicious and like it would go rather nicely on a scone (also never had) – Geeze, it would appear I live under a rock.

    • Tia scones are so easy to make, there is a recipe for them on here somewhere! Your rock must be amazing if you are living under it!!! c

  7. Junk yards and junk shops, I can spend hours mooching around. Your marmalade looks lovely, I shall remember this recipe for when my lemon tree is in season.

  8. ‘morning C. That marmalade will be great treatment for a cold! I know you like shortcuts: I use my mum’s tatty old sugar thermometer, to test for a set, avoiding all that faffing about with cold saucers. When your jam reaches 225 degrees F, a set is achieved. Also, to sterilize jars and lids etc, I rinse them and put them upside-down in a roasting tin and bung them in the oven at 110 degrees centigrade (230 F) for twenty minutes while the jam is boiling.

    • Aaa, very good info. i shall store it away in my paddington bear like brain!! I also have a tatty old sugar thermometer, time to put it to use! c

  9. I love to hear about your bees and really would love to have some too. The marmalade looks and sounds great., will have to give that a go with our lemons. Could do with a big spoonful of it right now as I have a miserable cold…well, I´m the one being miserable 😦 And isn´t it lovely when you can let the fire go out…we have days when we don´t light it until evening (mind you, it´s much warmer here). Have fun rummaging in the junk!

  10. This is going to be a lovely day. You are cooking dinner for me. You are hanging out the laundry. And you are taking us to the junkyard. I went with my husband to an auto salvage junkyard several years ago. The photo ops are fantastic. I assume “your” junkyard has more than wrecked vehicles. Can’t wait to see what you find there. Enjoy.

  11. Oh, I love junk yards! It’s like Christmas and birthdays all rolled into one great adventure. Can’t wait to see what goodies you find. 😀

  12. Ah, there’s that beautiful marmalade, and with home made honey it must be stunningly good. I can’t wait to see what you’re making with it and am looking forward to your junk adventure. I may hit the thrift store at lunch today, myself! Have a fun day!

  13. I love reading about your daily experiences and tasks.You make them all sound like fun.

    I learned another thing from you and am trying to put it into effect: you said in another you do your housework quickly to get it over with and have the rest of the day for more enjoyable projects.. I have adopted that method and find it makes the dreary work go by so much faster.

    Ronnie

    • fantastic ronnie, if you run from one job to the next, just avoiding collisions keeps the mind occupied! awesome.. c

  14. Good morning, Cecilia. Beautiful color on that marmalade. It must taste extra good with homemade honey. The color resembles that of the filling on a Shaker Lemon Pie — I just made my first: stay tuned.

  15. I love the idea of using honey, I have a 5 kg pot from a friend who keeps bees

  16. Oh yes, the marmalade is truly beautiful! And a recipe I must try also – I have a friend who keeps bees, and gives me honey. Happy…Wednesday, isn’t it? 🙂

  17. Now that’s an interesting marmalade 🙂

    My aunt today told me that the pips do not need boiling to release their pectin. If you stand them separately in a bowl over night the pectin will be released and you can then add it after the sugar (and in this case honey) have been added. In fact she holds back the pips and juice until that stage as she feels the the juice is not boiled away while softening the skins and this gives a fresher flavour.

      • another little fact: with regard to Seville oranges: there’s more pectin in the oranges early int he season. But I don’t know if this is so with other citrus 🙂

  18. Celi, those bees! So industrious…and organic lemons too. Sometimes reading The kitchensgarden is like stepping into a rather wonderful modernist fairy tale. I come just to read and look dreamily out of the window 😀

  19. Morning C.,
    Once again you’ve given me something new to try. Can’t wait to see how you use the marmalade, not to mention what you find at the junkyard. I love junk sales/thrift stores/garage/yard sales. I’ve created some really cool garden totems (Thank you Jaz at October Farm for the insipration) with the teasures I’ve found.

  20. I just love those days when the windows can be opened! There is nothing better than that. I hate having the a/c going constantly. I remember when I was up North, the excitement of a break in weather. This marmalade sounds really yummy!

    • I hate A/C period, we never have it on, I love air! even in the depths of winter tho this winter has been so kind! c

    • Absolutely, as long as you use sour oranges. Of course then it would be honey orange marmalade. I think if you use regular oranges you will probably need the pectin! Sour equals jell. But why not give it a try and let me know! c

  21. i wish i had bees. i am deathly allergic. it was 63 degrees here today and sunny. how unnatural!

  22. I haven’t had homemade marmalade in such a very long time. And I can just see how this would be amazing on some homemade biscuits from scratch. Yes, my mouth is watering right now thinking about it lol.

  23. We’ve just been hit by a cold spell in Europe and it’s freezing! Glad it’s warmer where you are, please send us the warmth, we need it here 🙂

  24. The marmalade sounds exquisite and downright like tasty medicine (certainly a heaping spoonful melted in hot water or tea would be a healing elixir for a scratchy throat or respiratory distress) as well as just a delicious jam!

    Even sweeter, perhaps, is the sight of some happy, healthy, active bees. Hurray, hurray! What good news and a sight for hopeful eyes indeed.

  25. What a treat to have a warm day! In your hemisphere Feb 2 is the festival of First Light. In Celtic times it was called Brigid, in honour of the fire goddess, and in Christian times Candlemas. It marks the halfway point between winter solstice and spring equinox, and is when I always notice the increase in the light. Here in the southern hemisphere it is the reverse: First Fruits, also with Celtic origins. If you check my latest blog post you can find out more.
    So glad to see your bees creeping out and enjoying the warmth.

  26. Wow. I’m so impressed. What beautiful looking marmalade. I love the clarity in the jars. I have heard your winter is extremely mild but our summer has been miserable. A friend in NYC told me it was 16C there today but it was only 17.5C here! What is going on??? How wonderful for you to have your bees come out to play and for you to be able to go outside without all that thermal gear. What a treat! Looking forward to the recipe using the marmalade.

  27. Your marmalade has such a beautiful color and must have a lovely sweet tang. I’m looking forward to your recipe using it.

  28. This sounds absolutely stellar! I love marmalade but have never made it at home. Perhaps this will inspire me (though the honey’ll have to be from the farmer’s market!)

    Thanks for sharing!

  29. We’ve been making marmalade today too, but I haven’t seen any bees, so very cheering to see yours out and about! We have finally got a little cold weather here and the weathermen are so excited about it, their voices go up an octave 😉

  30. Great recipe! I took Meyer lemons (a mix of lemon and mandarin) off the tree. I used only 1 1/2 cup raw honey. No sugar. No pectin. I cooked with the seeds. The result is closer to a sour-lemon curd. It’s lovely when you want a sweet and sour taste, for example, on pound cake with whipped cream or ice cream, in hot tea or in lemon bars. Thank you!

    • excellent, i just made a pound cake too!! i will remember this, I prefer not to use sugar if I can! c

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