When life gives you lemons…Make Lemon Curd!

I’m not much of a sweets person. Give me savory any day. HOWEVER, I tend to make an exception for lemon curd. Maybe it’s because the bright citrus notes shine through, and while it is sweet, the sour tang really cuts through, sure to delight any palate!

This recipe is VERY simple, with just 4 ingredients. Use the highest quality, organic ingredients you can to make this lemon curd really shine! You can of course use conventional ingredients as well, but high quality ingredients really take it to the next level.

Photo Credit : Rebecca Siegel

– 1 organic lemon. You will use the zest and the juice

– 1/4 cup organic butter (grassfed or even homemade from raw milk is best)

– 1 cup raw organic cane sugar (you COULD use raw unfiltered honey, but it would change the taste…and since this is a treat, it’s OK to splurge!)

– 3 farm fresh eggs (free range is always best!)

Instructions :

1. Zest and juice the lemon.

2. Combine all ingredients in a double boiler and melt over low heat, stirring continuously until thick. Don’t have a double boiler? Double stack your pots, filling the bottom pot about 1/4-1/2 way full of water, so the top pot/pan doesn’t touch the bottom. This will prevent your butter and sugar from burning.

Pour into a mason jar and enjoy!

Apricot marmalade

Apricot marmalade is delicious made from dried apricots. To four pounds of the fruit, well soaked, add three pounds of sugar and one cupful of water, cook slowly, stirring often until reduced to a marmalade.

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Setting Up A New Beehive

A 3lb package of Italian honey bees is put into the new beehive which is laid out in its individual parts.

In this second video the queen is taken and placed in the new hive (you can see all the bees sticking with her trying to protect her). Everything with bees you move very slowly and very gently. To allow the queen and her attendants to let themselves out once inside the hive, the cork has been replaced with a marshmallow so they can eat their way out.

Another frame is added near to the frame with the queen in. The rest of the bees are then sprayed with a sugar/water solution and emptied into the hive. The rest of the frames are added to the hive, spaced as evenly as possible. The inner cover is added, and some food (pollen cake and water/sugar solution and some honey from another hive – see update below for changes to the feeding situation). Within minutes some bees have congregated at the entrance and are sending out their signals to let others that don’t know where the entrance is how to get in. Bee GPS!

Update : 4 Days Later