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Kumquat Marmalade

These are my words of wisdom to you: Go make kumquat marmalade while you still can.

Get 1.5 lbs kumquats and slice them up thinly, reserving the seeds. Tie the seeds in a cheesecloth bag. Put the kumquat slices and the bag of seeds together in a non-reactive pot with 4 C water and cover it and let it sit for 24 hours.

The next day, put the pot on the stove and bring the mixture to a boil over moderate heat. Once it boils, reduce the heat to a simmer and let the mixture reduce down for 45 minutes to an hour, or until it has reduced down to about 4 C.

Once that’s done, 4 C sugar goes in with constant stirring, and everything cooks for another 15-20 minutes, or until it hits about 215-220 F and a teaspoon of mixture dropped onto a cold plate gels. Actually, you don’t even need a cold plate – just drip a bit onto a spoon and blow on it until it cools. It’s easy to see it gel that way, even.

Remove the bag of seeds at this point, and the marmalade is done. You can safely seal it in canning jars, freeze it, or keep it in the fridge.

This stuff is seriously simple and sublime. We made a batch using earl grey tea instead of water, too.

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15 Responses to “Kumquat Marmalade”

  1. Kitt says:

    Yum! Is it kumquat season? Chez Pim just posted candied kumquats. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten them any way but fresh, and they always struck me as strange as a kid, but in a nice way (“You only eat the skins? Really?”).

  2. Aran says:

    Wonderful… I love candied kumquats so I bet this is delicious!

  3. brilynn says:

    My aunt just made some amazing orange marmalade. One of the batches she thoughts she messed up as it was running but it turned out to be the consistency of honey. It’s not marmalade, but it’s awesome nonetheless!

  4. Odete says:

    Hi there,
    I got here searching for hungarian recipes to please my hungarian husband. It’s an wonderful blog.
    Congratulations for your new Restaurant, I wish you success on it.

  5. Toni says:

    OMG! I hope they still have kumquats at Trader Joe’s!

    Congratulations on your new restaurant! I wish you the best of luck!

  6. Tartelette says:

    They seem to have disappeared from the shelves down here…I am having a slight delay on your swap item because I had a brain freeze on an upcoming baking order but they will be done this weekend!

  7. Hey, I wonder what preserved kumquats would taste like…sort of like preserved lemons.

  8. i’ve never had a kumquat before. but i love marmelade and i love orange things, so i bet i would love this! i didn’t even know it was kumquat season.

  9. Cakespy says:

    Oh, now this sounds just lovely! On toast, on muffins, maybe even by the sneaky spoonful!

  10. Nikki says:

    I had some kumquats lying around and made it last night … so good!

  11. My Uncle was just telling me about the surplus of Kumquats he has from his tree…I am going to run over there right now after reading your yummy post! Love your blog by the way!

  12. Gosh, they really are that easy! Why do I keep buying jarred marmalade for? My employee has kumquat tree, I’ll go ask for some.

  13. Lisa says:

    I’ve never had a kumquat! Ohh but I know I’d love this.. will see if they are being sold in my local mega mart this Friday! I’m so making it with the tea instead of water too.. YUM!

    You just never cease to amaze me! :)


  14. Danielle says:

    I’m glad so many of you are going out to make this – it is really incredible. I’ve been eating it in palacsinta with sour cream, and on english muffins with butter, and with foie gras (’nuff said).

  15. Jen says:

    This sounds sooo good. I am going to make this tonight.

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