Sunshine

So I don’t know about you, but where we are, it’s winter and gray and gloomy.  And while normally I can deal with that this fine, somehow this year it’s wearing on me.  The obvious cure is sunshine.  And this is about as close as I can get to sunshine in a jar.

We’ve talked before about how to do this.  The gist is chop up your citrus (I’ve gotten much more casual about leaving the seeds in and the tips on over time, but you can totally remove them if you’re so inclined).

Jam them in jars, dumping in piles of salt after each layer.  Top the jar up with extra lemon juice.

Wait a month. Eat with everything (soup, hummus, cookies, everything…really).

But this year we decided to do a little something different.  We added a few blood oranges to the usual meyer lemons.

Now I’ve never done this before, but the internet assures me it is totally a thing (it apparently works for limes too, which I’m going to try next time).

We also packed one of the lemon jars with a whack ton of whole spices, just to see if we can taste them.  I’ll report back and let you know.

But in the meantime, if you’ve had Just About Enough of January Thank You Very Much, I highly recommend putting down a jar or two of these.  It helps. A lot.