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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tuesday Garden Party - Lemon Jelly

Our lemon tree is incredibly prolific.  It's a dwarf Meyer Lemon tree, and we get fruit year-round - we love it!


I love lemon flavored things.  Lemon soup is one of my favorites.  I've also made lemon pasta, lemon chicken, lemon pancakes, lemonade among other lemony delights.

Because we get lots of lemons, we are always on the lookout for a good lemon recipe for when we see this on our counter:

We had such success with our first canning experience making rosemary jelly, that I just had to try making lemon jelly.

I found this recipe, from Blue Ribbon Preserves:

Meyer Lemon Jelly
4 cups filtered lemon juice, preferably Meyer lemons, or juice with an electric juicer that removes most of the pulp and seeds
7 cups sugar
2 (3 oz) pouches liquid pectin

In an 8-qt stainless steel pan, over medium high heat, heat the juice until warm. Add the sugar and heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar is completely dissolved. (This is a slow process but necessary.) Increase the heat to medium high and bring the mixture to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Stir in the entire contents of both pectin pouches. Return the mixture to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat.

Quickly skim off any foam and immediately ladle the hot jelly into hot jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Wipe there jar rims and threads and apply screw rings. Process half-pint jars in a 200 degreeF water bath for 10 minutes, pint jars for 15 minutes.

Yield: 7 to 8 half-pint jars

I just LOVE this jelly!  It tastes great on bread fresh from the oven, would go well with crackers or could be used to baste roasted chicken or pork.

It's also pretty!


This recipe is a keeper!  Definitely worth a try if you enjoy orange marmalade.

I'm thinking we are going to start our fall seeds soon. Come back next week to see what wwe'll be planting. In the meantime, check out An Oregon Cottage for her weekly Garden Party.


Also check out "Canning Week Blog Party - From Garden PlOTT to Kitchen POTT" hosted by Ott, A (A Latte' with Ott, A) and Jen (From Mess Hall to Bistro)!  There are lots of fabulous recipes and tips this week!


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12 comments:

  1. So jealous of your lemon tree. If I could only get one to survive the Indiana winters I'd be hooked. That jelly looks beautiful. I love the color. Thanks so much for participating in our canning week party. I hope you stop by Jen's blog and sign up for some of our great give-a-ways!!!!

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  2. You live where you can successfully grow a lemon tree? I bet your yard is just amazing and smelly in a really good way and I'm totally jealous. I want some fresh from the tree lemons!

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  3. hi mrs, long time no speak :) popped in from the garden party... i love the way the lemon is just glowing from those jelly jars. add me to the jealous pile, enjoy your lemon tree (i think you already are!)...

    ~ ana

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  4. YUMMMMMMM! I also LOVE the first picture of the lemon hanging on the tree!!! Beautiful!

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  5. Can't imagine growing lemons... how fabulous! I love all things lemony. Lemon jelly? Wow!

    e-Mom @ Susannah's {Kitchen}

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  6. I can't say I've ever had lemon jelly but it looks pretty good.

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  7. Found your blog from the Tuesday Garden Party at Oregon Cottage. Lemon jelly!!!! Of all things. I am trying to grow an "Ugly Lemon" tree from my aunt. (We are in N. Ca., in the Sac. Valley) She has a lemon that froze back to the root stock. Instead of digging it out, they let it go, and it has the most wonderful juice lemons, but all gnarly looking. Anyway, I will definitely be trying your recipe. I also will be checking out the rosemary jelly. We LOVE our rosemary, and use it for lots of meat, veggies, and breads. Now, I will be using it for jelly! Thanks for the info. I'll be checking back to see what else you come up with.
    ~~Lori

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  8. I have a 40 year old lemon tree outside my kitchen window and have been making lemon curd for gifts. It is very easy to make, but I still would like to try your lemon jelly.

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  9. That looks wonderful!! I wish I could grow lemons here in Indiana! Thanks for linking up to the linky party!
    jen @ messhalltobistro.blogspot.com

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  10. I love Oregon, but boy do I envy your ability to grow citrus! I have nursed a Meyer Lemon tree for years and have only gotten about 3 lemons, but I still persevere:)

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  11. Oooh, your lemon preserves look so refreshing and delicious! Sadly, we're too far north to grow citrus. Spring was so wet and cool this year, even tomatoes were a stretch!

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  12. Oh, that looks wonderful, kinda like lemon curd without the "curd" part (what...?)- well, you know what I mean- it's probably great on scones. :-)

    Thanks for sharing at the TGP!

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