This is a first for me and it's a huge leap out of my comfort zone in the kitchen...making marmalade. I've never made marmalade or any type of jelly/jam/preserves before so this a big deal. At least for me it is :)
The lemons on my tree are very (very) ripe and I need to use them quickly. Aren't they gorgeous? And they are huge!
I made a double batch of this recipe. I didn't double it; I made 2 separate batches at the same time. In reading some of the reviews, many said doubling it will turn the mixture dark and cloudy and doubling it throws off the ratios. So I just did it twice :)
Meyer Lemon Marmalade
6 Meyer lemons (1 1/2 pounds)
4 cups water
4 cups sugar
12 (1/2 pint) Mason-type jars, sterilized
Halv 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 heavy pot and let mixture stand, covered at room temperature 24 hours.
Ladle hot marmalade into jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of top. Wipe rims with dampened cloth and seal jars with lids. It was difficult to take pictures during this process...dealing with boiling hot water, scaldingly hot marmalade, very hot, sterilized jars, yadayadayada...you get the point :)
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, for 5 minutes and transfer with tongs to a rack. Cool completely and make sure the jars seal. You can tell they've sealed if you hear the lid being "sucked" onto the jar or if you see the tiny seal in the center of the lid concave in. Look at these little jewels! They made great Christmas presents this year :)
Let cool completely and store in a cool dark place for up to a year. Refrigerate after opening. Some ways to use the marmalade: stir into plain yogurt or oatmeal; spread on good artisan crackers for a quick snack; slather on toast and top with a sliced banana; drizzle it over the top of a lemon cake or my simple favorite: slather a bunch on good toasted bread :)
What other ways can you think of to use this golden treat?