Sunday, February 03, 2008

Rainy Day Sunday Preserved Meyer Lemons

Fresh off the tree

Getting a head ourselves -- in the jars before salting!

Finally, we got it right!

What do you do when there is a break in stormy weather, you run 7 miles, of which 3.5 were up hill and you make lemon preserves. Perhaps more challenging than running up is running down without hurting yourself. Fortunately, the East Bay has some of the most spectacular views of the Bay so on the way down I periodically stopped to enjoy the view which I don't dare do on the way up for the fear of never making it to the top, learning from experience. I absolutely needed to run and while it did rain on my way down, it was worth it to be a little cold.

A friend has the most amazing Meyer lemon tree (it's auspicious you know) and another friend had a list of at least 100 things to do with Meyer lemons so they decided to make Meyer lemon preserves and invited me to join them. It sounds fancy but it's not. Arguably, making preserves was easier than the run though it did take us an hour to get going since there was talking, snacking, and talking some more which is one of many rainy Sunday afternoon luxuries. The process was all very simple. I think the biggest challenge will be how to use them and once we figure it out, and you better believe I'll be writing about it! Placed in canning jars, they make beautiful gifts though I'm not sure who I would give them to.

Remember to toss lemons with salt before putting them in jars. We were so excited we just threw those lemons into the jar.

The only modifications that were made is that in a few of the jars we added cinnamon sticks and cardamom. They reminded me of the Indian version of lemon pickle that my mom makes but a lot less spicy.

10 comments:

Emiline said...

I'm feeling a little jealous right now.

Ok- Fresh lemons from a tree!?
And, they're Meyer lemons? I've never had a Meyer lemon. Or preserved lemons.

Deborah said...

I'm with Emiline - I'm jealous!

Kevin said...

Meyer lemon preserves sound great! I have never had a meyer lemon and I am very curious to see what they taste like. I am going to have to make an effort to find some. And some Key limes.

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

What a great way to spend a rainy Sunday!

amysep said...

Uh, yeah... I'm with all of you! A meyer lemon tree - I'm staring outside my cold, Brooklyn, NY apartment at my dead thyme, dying sage and wooden sticks that used to be my chile peppers. :( There is something about the color of lemons that just make you happy. I just bookmarked this post to make these at a later date. Amy @ neverfull.wordpress.com

patti said...

Tasters can be located in Denver, CO., if you have any concerns about any of these items you have concocted -- esp my favorite, yummy Meyer Lemon preserves...

Pixie said...

How wonderful to be able to pick fresh lemons from a tree! Interested to see your next lemon post.

amysep said...

Not sure if you’ve had to do this before, but I tagged you for this food blog thing - PLEASE do not feel like you have to do this. I personally hate these questionnaire things, but this one was worth it to me in order to ’spread the love’ of our little food blog community!
I think you've got a nice blog so I added you to my tags.

http://neverfull.wordpress.com/2008/02/06/playing-tag-guess-im-it/

amy @ we are never full

Cynthia said...

Are you sending one of those jars for me? :)

Bellini Valli said...

I'm envious as well. I have made preserved lemons before in Greece and at a cooking school here but never at home....what I wouldn't do for even a glimpse of a Meyer lemon.