I am increasingly enjoying David Lebovitz's blog. I have also wanted to try canning for quite sometime now. So when I saw his recipe for Bergamot Marmalade and tons of citrus was in season it was a perfect opportunity. Bergamots were not available but Meyer Lemons and Blood Oranges were. The best part about all of this is I have never actually tried eating a marmalade or a blood orange so this was an interesting experience. Overall I was quite pleased with the results. I will link to the recipe for the Lemon Marmalade here. The only addition was that I used the meyer lemons and let three vanilla pods cut in half steep in the liquid as it boiled. I would also listen to his advice of adding the Kirschwasser. It is a little pricey but it really makes the whole thing come together. In the end it really turned into something visually pleasing and I think it would taste wonderful layered into a vanilla cake if not on a biscuit. For the Blood Orange I didn't really measure anything but it turned out tasting quite good.
The Brand of Kirschwasser I used:
Enough for sharing!
See the lovely little vanilla flecks!
The finished Blood Orange, my favorite of the night.
Now that I have finally figured out that canning is relatively easy there will be no store bought jam in our future! I am also very lucky to have a grandfather who owns a grape farm. Now I just cannot wait until berries and grapes are in season!