Friday, February 5, 2010
When Life Gives You Lemons....Make Marmalade!
After eating my fill of those luscious Tangelos I made a couple of batches each of regular Tangelo Marmalade and some with Royal Crown Whiskey. I like the idea of Whiskey with citrus. Kinda reminds me of a "Hot Totty". Did you know that a Tangelo is a cross between a Pummelo and a Tangerine? Cool huh? Next I made Kumquat Marmalade. I usually add orange to the marmalade but I added clementines for a change (besides I didn't have any oranges but an obscene amount of clementines.) Kumquats are used medicinally in Asia, as a tonic of sorts. Makes sense since Citrus originates from the area. The hardest project though proved to be the Grapefruit. I carefully peeled the rind from the grapefruit for what seemed like hours to ensure none of the bitter pith was attached to the rind and made sure the cut strips were uniform. I set aside more than half of the peel for candying later and added the rest to the sweet yet bitter bright pink flesh.
When I arrived home I was so excited to see the Meyers Lemon tree was LOADED with ripe lemons! More for my Strawberry Lemon and Mango Lemon Marmarlade and the glorious Meyers Marmalade. You can never have too many lemons! I am amazed that people in my neighborhood don't pick their Lemons and other citrus loaded trees in their front yards. They are the treasures of the winter. Free, organic and just right for winter's chill. MY FAVORITE is Blood Orange Port Marmalade. When you slice them they are like sunsets inside. When you add the Port in the end it it sizzles and really makes it a lovely deep garnet color. I love making marmalades. They are truly like capturing sunshine in jars!