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Darcie shared her batch of Lemon Ginger Marmalade that she put up and it was a rousing success. Some of us struggle with the citrus season since it's a lot of work getting marmalade just right. This recipe is simple, but Darcie added one additional element to make it just that much easier, the Food Processor. Darcie put all the lemons and ginger into the food processor to grind down the peels and make them less "noticeable". It turned out a lovely color. 

Thank you Darcie for sharing your picture with me so that I can share this recipe with all the followers. This recipe can also be made with Meyer Lemons as well.  This recipe is from the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving.  It is one of my recommended books for canners from beginners to advanced. Enjoy!

 

Lemon Ginger Marmalade


6 small lemons
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/2 cups water
1 cup coarsely grated gingerroot (about 12 oz.)
1 (1.75 ounce) package regular powdered fruit pectin
6 1/2 cups sugar

Preparations: Prepare canner, 7- half pint jars, and lids. Using a vegetable peeler, remove the zest (the yellow part of the peel) from the lemons in strips. Cut strips into thin slices. (If you are using the food processor just put the strips in the processing bowl and pulse until they are in small bits). Using a sharp knife, cut the white pith from lemons, exposing the juicy parts of the segments. Working over a large bowl to catch juice, cut the lemon segments from membrane. Place segments in bowl and squeeze membrane to remove as much juice as possible, collecting in bowl. Fish out any seeds that fell into the bowl and discard them along with the membrane.  Empty the bits of the rind from the processor into a bowl and add a large peeled segment of gingerroot and using the food processor or grater process coarsely. 
Cooking: In a large deep stainless steel saucepan, combine lemon peel, baking soda, and water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and boil gently for 5 minutes until peel is softened. Remove from heat and set aside. 
Measure 1 cup lemon segments and juice. Add to the pan with the lemon peel along with the ginger. Whisk in pectin until dissolved.
Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Add sugar all at once and return to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Boil hard, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Remove from heat and skim off foam with a metal spoon.

Filling jars: Ladle hot marmalade into hot jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust head space if necessary by adding hot marmalade. Wipe rim. Center lid on jar. Screw band down until resistance is met (finger tip tight).

Processing: Place jars in canner, ensuring they are covered by at least an inch of water. Bring to a boil and process for 10 minutes. Remove lid from the pot. Let the jars sit in the pot for 5 minutes, then remove jars and leave on the counter overnight or for at least 12 hours. 



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