(Closed) Lemon Curd Favors

posted 6 years ago in Favors
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@posies80:  Check this out!

http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_02/lemon_curd.html

When you’re canning, it’s incredibly important to follow a specific recipe designed for canning, and to follow the recipe exactly so you make sure you’re not changing the required level of acidity necessary for safe home canning. Also, even after processing, it’s really only shelf stable for a few months. (As opposed to other sorts of preserves, which can usually be kept safely for a year or so.) So just make sure you let your guests know to eat it asap! I definitely would NOT keep the jars in direct sunlight or give your guests lemon curd in un-sealed jars that had been out of refrigeration for more than a few minutes – especially since you don’t know how long it will be until they can refrigerate it again. 

How big of a hassle it is depends on how many you’re making. Most lemon curds I’ve made wind up with a fairly small batch. (The recipe above makes 3 to 4 half pints, which means probably 7 quarter pint jars.) If you have a water bath canning pot, you can usually fit around 6 to 8 jars in at a time, and since each batch takes at least 15 mins to process (depending on your altitude) it’s definitely an all-day project, and possible a multi-day project.  

I was considering making strawberry jam as favors for my wedding next June, but once I realized that 150 guests = 150 jars of jam = days of jam making and canning, I was like, um, nope. My new idea is homemade marshmallows – it only takes about 20 minutes to make a batch, and each batch = at least 5 guests worth of favors. And they’re shelf stable for up to a year, so I can get started two months ahead of time and just keep em in sealed bags. 

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I looked into doing this, and I decided that it was too impractical to keep it cold and to make sure guests used it in a safe amount of time and that it was going to be REALLY expensive.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

We filled jars with yellow candies from ACandyStore.com. I do not recommend the lemon slices, but the gummy bears and lemon drops were awesome. I only wish we had used the normal jelly jars (8oz) instead of the smaller ones. We had candy left over. We bought 3 full bags and filled like 92 jars.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

So I just looked at your recipe, and I’d imagine it makes about a cup of filling. If you are using 4oz jars, that’s 2 jars per recipe, and you can probably only safely double it at home a few times per batch. I know most egg-based recipes only recommend a single doubling. Just think about how long that will take and how much time you will spend cooking, jarring, and processing. How many guests will you have?

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

They are 4ox jars, but I do wish we had used 8oz jars. We couldn’t get as much candy as we thought into those jars.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper

I think the 4 oz. jars look perfect!  Such a cute idea!

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I found the jars at ACE hardware. 4oz jars are REALLY hard to find in person and I read so many reviews about how many break if you order them online so I wanted to find them in person.

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