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This is the time of year in Phoenix when your friends with lemon trees gift you with bags of lemons! It is amazing! They still charge 69 cents per lemon in the grocery store, but everyone can get them for free if you have the right connections with people who have lemon trees! Lemon trees are very high producers and there are a lot of things to do with lemons. So, not having a lemon tree myself, having friends with a lemon tree is the next best thing! And they don't mind that I will return the favor by bringing them pie or marmalade.
So, since I am the welcome recipient of some really large and awesome lemons, you will probably be seeing a few delicious lemon recipes on the blog here for a few posts. Because they are ripe this time of year and yet lemons are great to use all year in so many recipes, it is nice to put some plain juice up in storage. You can freeze it or can it. Some people even can lemon slices! I have published a few lemon recipes myself that are well loved by my family and friends, such as:
I read recently that you can can Strawberry Lemonade concentrate for making that delicious beverage during the summer months. I want to give that a try, but the first thing I decided to do with my lemons was make Strawberry Lemonade Marmalade! I had to make it up as I went, which is always iffy because if you don't get the right amount of pectin and the right amount of sugar to fruit ratio, your jelly or marmalade will come out runny and you will be using it as a sauce! But, I am happy to announce that my marmalade jelled, my lids all sealed and this tangy concoction tastes great on an English Muffin!
When you have a lot of fruit to put up, it is always great to have a recipe that uses a lot of the fruit and produces a volume of jars. A great thing about this recipe is that it uses up 10 lemons! Not only that, you will end up with about a dozen jars of jam, depending on the size of jar that you use! That gives you plenty to store in your pantry as well as give as gifts.
I made these cute little labels for the tops of my jars. You can find the file and print them from here.
They are editable.
This marmalade is actually more like a jelly, but if you want more chunks in yours, add larger chunks of lemon rind and more coarsely chopped strawberries.
Without further ado, here is the recipe:
I hope that you enjoy it! Stay tuned for more lemon recipes!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!