Meyer Lemon Vanilla Bean and Ginger Karma Marmalade

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Author Notes: Making jam is a form of meditation for me. It has always made me feel truly happy, and I love the limitations of the seasons in that I deal with whatever fruit is readily and freshly available. This marmalade is probably the top preserve that I give as a gift, but I also find so many uses for it. This recipe is an adaptation of an extremely simple marmalade featured on I do not prepare it with the seeds, since my chief marmalade eater only likes bitter orange marmalade, so I add vanilla beans and fresh ginger to brighten up the flavor. This jam is terrific when spread on toast, with a piece of cheese placed on top. I also love to make a grilled cheese with this marmalade for a great breakfast treat. I call it my karma marmalade because it brings so many people happiness. "Spread" the love! Bevi

Makes 4 or 5 half pints, or 8 or more quarter pints

For Preparing the Lemons

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 pounds Meyer lemons
  1. Halve the lemons crosswise. With a small paring knife, pick out all the seeds. Then, cut the lemons halves lengthwise. With an amazingly sharp knife, Thinly slice each quarter so that you have a cross-section of a crosswise slice. I generally am able to cut 5 or 6 slices per lemon quarter.
  2. Place the lemon slices in a copper jam pot, or a large Dutch oven that is equal in size. Allow the lemons and water to sit, covered, for 24 hours at room temperature.

For the Meyer Lemon Marmalade

  • 4 cups granulated sugar
  • seeds from 1 vanilla bean, scraped out
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger grated with a microplane
  1. Bring the lemon slices and water to a boil, and then immediately turn the heat down to medium low. Simmer the mixture until it is reduced to about 4 cups, stirring often. This may take anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes.
  2. Add the sugar, stirring constantly, and bring to a rolling boil over moderate heat. Adjust the heat as needed so the mixture reduces, stirring all the time. (Do not leave the marmalade either unattended or unstirred!) After about 8 minutes, add the vanilla bean seeds and the fresh grated ginger. Continue to stir until the marmalade is ready. This may take anywhere from 10 to 13 minutes total cooking time. Also, the color of the marmalade will deepen as it cooks.
  3. Ladle the marmalade into sterilized half pint jars. Process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes, and wait for the PING sound when you remove the jars from the water bath. Any jars that do not PING should go into the refrigerator for immediate use. Allow the marmalade to sit undisturbed for a day. Enjoy!
  4. NB - The quarter pint jars are great for gift giving.

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6 months ago kumalavula

i've made batch after batch of this stuff. it never disappoints. my friends make sure i know that :)


6 months ago Bevi

Right? I give this marmalade more than any other to friends and family. Glad that your friends like it!


10 months ago EmilyS1220

This looks soooo good... I am seriously considering making this as a gift for the holidays. How long would you estimate the marmalade lasts after opening (assuming the sterilization step was a success)?


10 months ago Bevi

Hi EmilyS1220! I successfully keep my opened jam in the refrigerator for at least one month. If you like to make fruit tarts and pies, You can thin out the marmalade with a liquid and heat slightly to spread as a glaze, and you can also use in cocktails.


about 1 year ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Hi, Bevi! Have you ever made this with Eureka or Lisbon lemons? I won't have Meyers for a while; this marmalade looks like a real gem. ;o)


11 months ago Bevi

Hi AJ, I am so sorry it has taken this long to get back to you. I have not been receiving notifications for quite some time. I have not made this with straight Eurekas or Lisbons, but I did use a 50/50 combination once when I didn't have enough Meyers to make the batch size I wanted. It tasted fine - a bit more tangy as would be expected.


11 months ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

No worries! I really appreciate you reply. I've been planning to make marmalade during one of the World Series games this week - I prefer the radio broadcasts to TV - and the Meyers here are now ripe, so your timing could not be better. Thank you so much. ;o)


almost 2 years ago dymnyno

This is really a WOW recipe and I will make it soon!


almost 2 years ago Bevi

Please let me know how it goes. It's almost time for me to get started on this.


over 2 years ago lapadia

Instant Karma, we'll all shine on!! I testify to the happiness this Marmalade brings...Lip-Smacking!!


over 2 years ago Bevi