Gift from the Kitchen #1 – Blueberry Lemon Marmalade

December 10th, 2009 / Comments 3

This time of the year my kitchen is a workshop for making Christmas gifts.

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Lemons are sunny, versatile fruit that can be used to create sweet and savory treats. Blueberry lemon marmalade is the first of three lemon gifts from my holiday the kitchen.

I made this marmalade for Jeanine, a baker – friend, who will appreciate this delicately tinted pink topper for her homemade scones. Here’s how I made it:

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Blueberry Lemon Marmalade

I used a vegetable brush to scrub four lemons before I cut them in half and removed the seeds. I used my sharpest knife to cut the lemons, including the peel, into very thin slices to make two cups of fruit and juice. I put the fruit and juice and six cups of water into a pot, covered it and put it in the unheated pantry over night to soak and soften the rind.

The following morning, I simmered the water and fruit mixture for 20 minutes and then put it back in the pantry. On the third day, I divided the marmalade into four two-cup batches. For each batch of fruit and juice I added one and a half cups of sugar and half a cup of frozen blueberries and boiled the mixture until an instant read thermometer reached 220 degrees F.

I poured the marmalade into eight half-pint jars that had been rinsed in scalding water and drained just before they were filled. I put lids on the jars and then sealed them by processing in boiling water for five minutes. When the marmalade had cooled, I labeled the jars and put them on a shelf in the pantry where they will wait until I’m ready to wrap them.

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Blueberry Lemon Marmalade List

  • 4 lemons
  • 1 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/2  c  blueberries
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