Happy Valentine’s Day! Yesterday afternoon Greg and I made Grapefruit and Meyer Lemon Marmalade to go with blueberry sconces for v-day breakfast. I’ve been dying to making meyer lemon anything for years but I always seem to miss my the small window of opportunity—they’re only available in the winter. This recipe comes via an oldie but goodie New York Times interview with June Taylor. She makes delicious organic jams without pectin using heirloom plants and vegetables. You can purchase all her jams including this one on her website: junetaylorjams.com.
I love this marmalade it’s bright, tart from the grapefruit and citrusy—definitely perfect for this long New England winter we are experiencing. It’s yummy with blueberry sconces but I’m imagining it might be nice with fish, pork or between a nice fluffy yellow cake! Below the recipe and photos.
Update: I used the marmalade I made on Valentine’s day to make springtime Meyer Lemon Panna Cotta in jam jars. So delicious, bright and yummy!
Adapted from June Taylor
Grapefruit and Meyer Lemon Marmalade
5 pounds grapefruit, rinsed (I used 6 grapefruits)
5 Meyer lemons or small regular lemons, rinsed (I used Meyer lemons)
1/2 cup lemon juice (from 2 to 3 additional lemons)
2 1/2 pounds sugar
Remove the grapefruit skin with a vegetable peeler. Cut the peel into 1/8-inch slivers; stop when you have 3/4 cup. Discard the rest. Slice off the ends of the grapefruit and the remaining grapefruit peel and pith. (I cut in half and removed the segments like I was going to eat it for breakfast—I found this to be much easier to get the fruit away from the membrane) Remove grapefruit segments, reserving membrane. Stop when you have 5 cups of segments.
Cut the ends off the Meyer lemons, deep enough so you can see the flesh. Leaving the peel on, remove the segments of lemon and reserve the membrane. Cut the segments crosswise into 1/4-inch pieces. (I removed most of the flesh and reserved about 3/4 of cup for the jam.)Put membranes from the grapefruit and Meyer lemons in a jelly bag (I had to look this up. Means: wrap membranes in cheesecloth) and tie closed.
In a wide and deep pot, combine the grapefruit segments, grapefruit peel, lemon pieces and jelly bag. Add lemon juice and 2 1/2 cups water. Simmer until the grapefruit peel is tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool.
Preheat the oven to 225 degrees. (I used a canner and did a regular water bath) Working over a bowl in your sink, squeeze the liquid from the jelly bag; keep squeezing and wringing it out until you extract 1/3 to 1/2 cup of pectin. Add pectin and sugar to the pot. Place over high heat and boil, stirring now and then, until marmalade is between 222 and 225 degrees and passes the plate test. (Spoon a little onto a plate and put in the fridge for 3 minutes. If it thickens like jam, it is done.)
Meanwhile, put 6 sterilized 8-ounce canning jars and lids on a baking sheet and place in the oven. When jam is done, remove jars from the oven. Ladle jam into the jars, filling them as high as possible. Wipe the rims. Fasten the lid tightly. Let cool. If you don’t get a vacuum seal, refrigerate the jam. Makes 6 8-ounce jars of marmalade.
Springtime Grapefruit Meyer Lemon Panna Cotta in jam jars. Get the recipe.