More building and a wood-fired hot tub heater — 3 Comments

  1. Jackie and Jonica, I am a lemon curd fiend and actually used to sell it at fairs. Here is a much simpler way to make it and you won’t find one that taste any better, it’s like lemon pie in a jar! Also, sometimes I can’t eat a whole jar in 2 or 3 weeks, so I just place the unsealed jar in the freezer to keep until I want some again. It doesn’t freeze solid, so this is a great way to keep it after you have opened a jar. I always look for faster ways of doing a task and came up with this microwave method. Enjoy!

    12 eggs
    Zest of 9 Large or 12 Small Lemons
    6 cups granulated sugar
    Juice of lemons (1-3/4 to 2 cups)
    3/4cup butter (6oz.)
    1-1/2 Tbsp. Fruit fresh (without this, the curd will darken some as it ages)

    To zest lemons, I peeled them with vegetable peeler, being careful not to get the white part of the peel. It will be strained, so the large pieces are fine at this point, why waste time fine zesting if not necessary?

    Beat eggs in large microwaveable bowl (I use a large square corning bake dish). Add sugar and fruit fresh (stir together) and mix into eggs with a whisk. Add lemon juice (a reamer gets the juice out much better than anything else). Don’t worry about some seeds or pulp in it. Use gloves for squeezing juice to keep from burning your skin. Stir this together. Add lemon peel and butter.

    Microwave uncovered for 20-25minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, or until thick. When it starts to be thick around the edges, whisk it and see if it is a desired thickness. Microwaves are all different, so it may take less or more time. Pour through strainer – cheesecloth not necessary. Seal in pint jars and water bath process as above. Makes 9 pints.

  2. You can also look on for the All-American canner. They are priced a little cheaper than at Lehman’s and you can usually buy directly from Amazon and not have to pay freight. I bought a 30 quart canner from them last January and paid about $10 less than what my brother paid for a 15 1/2 quart canner from Lehman’s. He also had to pay freight when I didn’t have too.

  3. That hot tub sounds mighty relaxing right now! ENJOY it….you guys deserve a break.