Canning 101 | Meyer Lemon Marmalade


recipe meyer lemon marmalade recipe

I love eating fresh fruits and vegetables when they are in season. So last week when I picked up 4 pounds of Meyer lemons from Costco,  I knew right away what I was going to do with the first 6 of them.

Make marmalade.

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE marmalade. Especially on buttered toast.

This recipe is super easy to make, I hope you like it. We sure do.

Meyer Lemon Marmalade


6 Meyer lemons {1 1/2 pounds}
4 cups water
4 cups sugar

Canning 101  Meyer Lemon MarmaladeDirections

Cut the lemons crosswise and remove seeds. Place the seeds in a cheesecloth bag, or tea infuser and set aside. Quarter each lemon half and thinly slice the lemons into strips. Place the lemons, 4 cups of water and the bag/infuser of seeds in a nonreactive heavy pot and let mixture stand, covered, at room temperature 24 hours.

Once the mixture has sat for 24 hours, bring a boiling-water canner, 3/4 full with water, to simmer. Wash jars and screw bands in hot soapy water; rinse with warm water. Pour boiling water over flat lids in saucepan off the heat. Let stand in hot water until ready to use. Drain well before filling.

When you are ready to make the marmalade, {after the lemon mixture has sat for 24 hours}, discard the lemon seeds and bring the lemon mixture to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat, and simmer, uncovered, until your mixture is reduced to about 4 cups {about 45 minutes to an hour}. Stir in sugar and boil over moderate heat, stirring occasionally and skimming off any foam, until a teaspoon of mixture dropped on a cold plate gels, about 15 minutes.

Carefully ladle hot marmalade immediately into prepared jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of tops. Wipe jar rims and threads. Cover with two-piece lids and screw bands on. Place jars on elevated rack in canner. Lower rack into canner. {Water must cover jars by 1 to 2 inches. Add boiling water, if necessary.} Cover; bring water to gentle boil. Process 5 min. Remove jars and place upright on towel to cool completely. After jars cool, check seals by pressing middles of lids with finger. If lids spring back, lids are not sealed and refrigeration is necessary}. Yields {5} 1/2 pints.

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  1. Catherine says

    What is the purpose of leaving the seeds in? Or leaving it to sit for 24 hours? I’ve only made marmalade once, but the recipe I used didn’t have either of those steps.

    We have a little meyer lemon tree and this sounds fantastic! I can’t wait to give it a try. :)

  2. leslie says

    When I lived in France, they always made their jams with the seeds in them. I never asked why, but that makes sense that the pectin is in them. In fact, they don’t remove the seeds. You get that lovely chore to do on your own as a willing eater! But, their apricot and current marmelades are divine.

  3. Kristen says

    Hi Mavis,
    I’ve really been enjoying your blog! I, too, just bought the 4 pounds of Meyer lemons form my costco, and want to try this recipe.
    Do you think it would be ok to use a substitute for sugar? I’m assuming you’re using granulated white…? How about raw sugar, or coconut sugar, or agave nectar??
    I’m new to canning and such, so I’m not sure if it will turn out ok!


  4. Deb K says

    Just love this recipe! Thanks so much for sharing it with us all. It worked perfect. How long before it’s ready to use? I want to share with friends but not until it’s at it’s best.
    Thanks so much!

  5. Kari says

    I have a lime tree in my yard that has HUGE limes on it for the first time in 10 years. I am going to use them for this recipe. I will let you know how it works with limes.

  6. Suzanne P. says

    Hi Mavis,

    Have you ever tried doubling the recipe? I have 30 large organic Meyer lemons that my grandmother brought me from California (she has 3 times that much). I’m trying to use them before they go bad.

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