I have so many lemons right now in my tree, my neighbor lemon tree and my mother in law lemon tree….Lemon marmalade that is.
Actually kinda bitter for my taste. But I think I know a few people who will be into it.
Step 1 – Scrub and wash the lemons clean. Place the four whole lemons in a large pot filled with water over medium heat and bring to a boil. Boil for 30 minutes, until you can easily poke a fork into the skin of the lemons. Strain the water and transfer the lemons to cool on a chopping board.
Step 2 – When cool enough to handle, slice the lemons in half and remove any seeds. Cut each lemon half in four (so you get 8 wedges/lemon) and finely chop the lemon peels and flesh. For the thickness of the strips, do as you prefer: thicker strips (3-4mm) will make for a chunkier and more bitter marmalade. Thinner strips will make for a looser and sweeter spread.
Step 3 – Return the lemon to a pot/saucepan with the sugar, honey and water. Stir to combine and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes (lid off), until a candy thermometer reads exactly 223°F (106°C).
If you do not have a candy thermometer – place a small plate in your freezer. When chilled, take the plate out of the freezer and drop a little spoonful of marmalade on it. Wait 1 minute and check the consistency: it should have thickened significantly to a jelly consistency. If it still looks too liquidy, keep the mixture at a simmer and try again later.
Step 4 – Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature before pouring into jars or airtight containers. The marmalade can keep for up to 14 days in the fridge in non-sterilized containers or jars and up to 3 months in sterilized jars.