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Lemon Marmalade

lemon marmalade


Hope everybody had a nice and relaxing week-end and have charged your batteries for another week’s blogging.

I recently made some Lemon Marmalade using some fantastic, organic lemons a friend gave me.

I now found some time to write about the Lemon marmalade which I made last month when mad the Lemonade. As I said then, I wanted to make spoon sweet (preserve) with the peels just like the bergamot I had made a few months ago but seeing that the were very thin and therefore not suitable for the spoon sweet, I gave it a quick thought and decided to make the Marmalade. I have made orange marmalade and mixed citrus fruit marmalades before but it was the first time I attempted to make a marmalade with just lemons.

I kept all the pulp, pith and seeds which I tied in a tulle (or use a cheese cloth) so that I could get the pectin from there but still I wasn’t sure that I would get enough flavour from just the peels so I decided to add half of the lemon squash I had made earlier.

This marmalade turned out so delicious, everyone at home loved it and the recipe is pretty straight forward. I’ve detailed as much of the method as I could, to make it easier for any of you who might try the recipe to be successful with it. However I do not have a thermometer to help you but I believe if you follow my instructions you will be able to make it. Also in Greece we do not have various brands of lemons, so we do not know what kind of lemons we eat. We just say lemons, so I don’t know which type to suggest you use, but lemons are all lemons and I don’t think that this will make any difference. 

I am submitting this recipe to Elly, of Elly says Opa, who is organizing the second Eat to the Beat.

The event is on all year round so find a song to go along with your recipe and submit it any time you like. The round up is every three months.

The song I chose for this event is Lemon Tree (by Fool’s Garden). Enjoy whilst reading the post!

Lemon Marmalade, recipe by Ivy

Preparationtime: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 2 – 2 1/2 hours


  • 500 grams of peels (about 12 – 14 lemons or 2 kgs)
  • 1.2 litres of water
  • 1 kilo sugar
  • Half of the LemonadeI made using the juice (see recipe)


  1. After squeezing lemons to take the juice, remove pulp, seedsandpith and tie them into a tulle or a cheesecloth.
  2. Cutpeelsintosmallstripes and put them into a sauce pan together with water and cheesecloth and bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer covering with the lid (about half an hour).   Drain, add fresh water and simmer for another half an hour.
  3. Remove cheesecloth and squeeze all liquid out in the sauce pan again, add sugar and the lemonade and bring to a boil again, lower heat and keep stirring from time to time until the marmalade is set.  This will take about an hour.
  4. To know if marmalade is set when starting the whole procedure put a small plate in the refrigerator and after simmering for about an hour place a drop of the liquid in the plate. Try pushing it with your finger. If it is watery keep simmering and try after a while until it forms a wrinkle when pushed. See link below.
  5. Store in sterilized jars. See link below how to sterilize your jars.
  6. Put the marmalade as it is hot in the sterilized hot jars, seal them with the lid and put them upside down until they cool completely.  This way they  are air tight sealed.

Store in a dark place and refrigerate after opening.

See also How can we tell if the syrup is ready? How to sterilize jars Tsoureki with Lemon Marmalade filling Vegan Carrot Cake with lemon and chocolate glazing Strawberry Jam

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,

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15 Responses

  1. Peter G

    What a great song for such a lovely marmalade…very creative Ivy.

  2. Bellini Valli

    Good choice of song and recipe for the event Sis!!! I have never made marmalade myself but should get on the bandwagon. I am told we have Eureka lemons avaialable here, unless you can find Meyer lemons which have a thin skin and are sweeter..I rarely see them here either.

  3. Lore

    There’s nothing as refreshing as lemons and that is why I adore them. Your marmalade looks and sounds delicious, too bad I can’t seeen to find some lemons that don’t have chemicals on their peels…if they would only go off when washed, but they don’t.

  4. Rosie

    Wonderful marmalade Ivy and a great song to go with it too 🙂

    Rosie x

  5. Ivy

    @ Peter: Glad you liked the song.

    @ Val: As I said we only have one type of lemons and I don’t know what they are called but I have never encountered a sweeter kind.

    @ Lore: I wash them well Lore. The organic products are so expensive here in Greece that we can’t afford to buy them.

    @ Rosie: Thank you Rosie.

  6. Elly

    Great choice for a song and recipe, Ivy. Thanks for participating again! This lemon marmalade looks delicious, and much easier for someone like me to make than lemon curd 🙂

  7. Ivy

    Thanks Elly, it’s fun participating.

  8. Fearless Kitchen

    I’ve always kind of wondered how marmalade happened…. I’ll make this for my father-in-law’s next visit, he’ll be thrilled.

  9. Núria

    So well paired together!!!! I love Elly’s event 😀

    About marmalades in general, is something that we never eat at home, since I don’t bake and don’t have them for breakfast on a toast, but I’ll keep your lemon marmalade recipe just in case 😀

  10. Mansi Desai

    boy, that marmalade sounds so refreshing ivy!! I could steal the jar off the page!:)D

    btw, I’m hosting a Monthly Mingle event on my blog this month, and it would be great if you could participate! please check the details here

  11. Ivy

    @ Fearless kitchen: I am sure your father in law will be thrilled.

    @ Nuria: I don’t think I can survive without something sweet for breakfast. It’s either marmalade or honey.

    @ Mansi: Thanks for letting me know. I’ll check it out and if it’s something I can make, I’ll gladly participate.

  12. Lulu

    I love the thriftiness of using the peels.

  13. White On Rice Couple

    I can smell the beautiful aromas already with all those luscious lemon rinds! Beautiful!

  14. Passionate baker...& beyond

    Hopping to the beat Ivy…the song is so catchy & the lemon marmalade is fantastic. I love anything & everything citrus. We just get boring ole limes here which usually have next to no peels…talk about variety!! Guess we still have to count our blessings that we get limes at all.

  15. pixen

    Hello Ivy,

    That’s brilliant! I just got some nice lemons from South Africa. You seemed to read my mind??? I’m glad..LOL

    Thanks for leaving message in Foodbuzz. Now you can contact me in my new blog.