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A Taste-Tempting Recipe for Lime Marmalade

Lots of folks love orange marmalade. Lime marmalade has more of a bite, but it's still delicious. Try making it. Lime marmalade takes a lot of sugar, FYI!

If there is one thing most Americans can agree on, it's that we love jams and jellies.

In fact, the average American will consume nearly 3,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in their lifetime.

If you're a jam-lover who is sick of traditional flavors, we have the citrus fruit recipe for you.

Lime marmalade is a citrusy jam with a refreshing zing. Lime marmalade can be incorporated into a variety of dishes, including crepes, dressings, and meat marinades.

Keep reading to learn our simple lime marmalade recipe.

What You Need for a Delicious Lime Marmalade

For this lime recipe, you will need:

  • 2 pounds of fresh limes

  • 3 1/2 pounds pure cane sugar (this number could change depending on the size of your mixture)

  • 7 cups of water

When creating your lime jam, it's imperative to plan ahead. The process takes three days to complete.

Day #1: Prepping Your Limes

First, thoroughly wash your limes. Use a sharp knife to cut them into fine slices. If you come across seeds, remove them. Save any excess lime juice.

Place the lime slices and reserved juice in a container. Mix in the seven cups of water. Cover with a lid.

Allow the mixture to sit overnight.

Day #2: Boiling the Jam

After your mixture has sat overnight, pour it into a large boiler pot. Bring to a boil.

Once the mixture bubbles, reduce to low heat. Cover with a lid and simmer for about two hours, or until the lime peels are soft. Stir occasionally.

Remove the mix from your stove. Use a spare bowl to measure out your lime mixture. Record how many cups of mixture you have.

This step is important because it will determine how much sugar you need. There should be one cup of sugar per cup of lime mix. For example, if you measure six cups of lime mixture, your recipe will need six cups of sugar.

Return the lime mixture to your boiler pot.

Measure out the required sugar in a large baking sheet. Bake the sugar on low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. The cooked sugar will easily dissolve once added to the jam, creating a smooth marmalade.

Bring lime mixture to boil. Add the heated sugar. Keep stirring until the sugar completely dissolves. Once the mixture is smooth and well-cooked, remove the pot from a boil.

Ladle the marmalade into clean mason jars. Leave a quarter-inch of headspace. 

Press and seal the mason jars tightly. Process the jars in a boiling water bath for five to ten minutes.

Place the mason jars in a cool, dark place. Let the marmalade sit for 24 hours before indulging. The unopened jars should last up to one year.

Day #3: Enjoying Your Lime Marmalade

After your lime marmalade has settled, it's time to enjoy it. 

What are the best ways to indulge in the lime jam? Some of our favorites include:

  • Spreading it on toast
  • Baking it into scones or crepes
  • Using it for a cookie glaze or a pastry-filling
  • Adding it to plain yogurt
  • Creating a lime marinade for meat or fish
  • Creating lime-based vinaigrettes

If you're looking to kick your lime marmalade up a notch, substitute some of the limes with fresh lemons. The final result will be a lime and lemon marmalade that's full of flavor.

Grow Your Own Limes for Lime Marmalade

Lime marmalade is fruity and delicious, and there are plenty of ways to enjoy it. Now that you know how to create a tasty batch of lime jam, let's get cooking!

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