My husband picked a lot of limes from our tree this week. Yesterday I posted a question on Facebook asking for ideas of what to do with all the limes. The overwhelming consensus was to make Lime Marmalade. So I searched the internet and found a recipe that I thought would be easy and yummy. Since I am used to making all sorts of jams, jellies and preserves, I liked this idea. The finished product makes great gifts and last minute appetizers served with crackers and cheese.
Last night I sliced up 3 pounds of limes in the food processor so the slices would be super thin, covered them with water to soak overnight, because that's what the instructions say to do. Today I gathered all my jam making equipment together, bought another case of jelly jars and started the cooking process. I even heated the sugar before adding it to the already boiling lime/water mixture, so it will dissolve easily. After boiling the required 12 minutes I put a tablespoon on a frozen plate to check the gel consistency. Yes, it gelled properly, so I tasted the cooled marmalade. YUCK! It was so bitter. So I thought how can I correct this? Further search on the internet showed another recipe that suggested using hot chilies with the lime mixture, so I added some dried chilies (that I had dried from the garden this summer). Still tastes bad, only now it tastes bitter and too hot. Not a good flavor at all.
So, the bottom line is I spent the entire morning making something that is going in the trash.