This summer on Pinterest I saw a recipe for mixing sliced lemon with honey, and letting it age in the fridge. When your throat is sore, you add a spoonful to hot water and sip. I made a batch with chunks of ginger, and it is wonderful. I have researched it a bit, and the original post on Pinterest seems to have come from the blog “A Little Life.” The trouble with Pinterest is that it is hard to find sources for things. Also, the other problem is that it is a time suck. An incredible time suck.
The original instructions said that it kind of becomes “like marmelade” in the jar. It does, kind of. I used it at all stages of” marmeladification” and now that my jar is almost empty, I can’t say I can tell a difference between the first week and now. I do know that after my first cold of the year, my jar is empty, and I am making another batch.
My 6 step method:
- Scrub a lemon- organic is probably better, since you are ingesting the peel
- Slice thinly and place in jar- 1 small lemon is good for a pint canning jar
- Peel and chop a thumb sized knob of fresh ginger root, add to jar
- Cover in honey
- Use a chopstick to get rid of air pockets, if necessary
- Seriously, you don’t have a chopstick floating around?
- I got a really nice set from my secret santa last year. Secret santas are the best.
See- another one of my “not-really-a-recipe recipes”
As the lemon juice mixes with the honey, it becomes very liquid, then becomes more viscous. My first jar has maybe one more scoop left, which might be a bad thing, considering this cold.