January at the Hacienda

January 19th

Orange Marmalade

Orange Marmalade

January in central Arizona is citrus season. You’ll see citrus trees with arms bowing, full of fruit. And there are trees nearly everywhere — medians along major streets, parks, and plenty in backyards. Our trees didn’t do great this year; it’s normal for citrus to have an off season, even though they received ample water and fertilizer.

Thankfully, when we were out running errands this weekend, we noticed a small farm stand with bags of lemons for $1. (Considering we too have to pay about $1 a lemon at the market come July, I grabbed a bunch.)


Orange Marmalade

Orange Marmalade

With a bit of time, the oranges from our navel tree became the season’s first batch of marmalade. I like to add a full jar, with a diced onion and some garlic, to the crockpot when slow cooking pork roast.

Lemon juice homesteading

The lemons were juiced and saved. We use these cubes in ice tea, cooking and baking. It makes the January bounty last well into the year.

Bone broth

(And bone broth. Do you do this? It is so easy, and I swear it’s upped my cooking game. We keep our rotisserie chicken bones and slow cook them with vegetables and spices. After several hours, I strain the liquid into mason jars, which go into the freezer. We use these to cook rice, beans, for the base of sauces, etc.)

An update from the Heirloom Hacienda. Tomorrow: what’s happening in the garden (including the addition of another bed!)



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  1. Kim Campbell January 19, 2016

    Busy gal!!!! Love this post. Happy New Year to you and yours!

  2. You can’t help but feel cheerful just looking at these great pictures of citrus! In the midst of winter, citrus brings such cheer. Growing up, whenever Grandma would come to visit from California her train case would be filled with peanut butter jars filled with frozen juice from the prolific Meyer lemon tree next door. Even now, the hint of a Meyer lemon transports me back to Grandma’s house. I’ve picked up a few small bags of them to juice & freeze – but I’ve been known to even just bring one into the office for desk aromatherapy. 🙂