Now Part two!
Kumquats! They are such an underappreciated fruit. They are bitter when first bit into and then the flavors mellow into a sweet and delicious citrus explosion. A real pain to peel! Little joke there.
First you wash the Kumquats, slice 'em in half, get the seeds out and then either chunk 'em or slice 'em all up.
You measure out 4 cups of the prepared Kumquat, add 1 cups of water.
Make sure you have enough jars prepared and always make at least 4 more than you think you'll need. Sanitize the jars and lids.
Heat the Kumquats w/water long enough for the rinds to become a bit less hard, remembering you'll still have a 10 min. steam in the water bath to finish cooking 'em.
Add the Sure-Gel, and while stirring add 6.5 Cups of sugar, trust me here. Bring to a boil for a couple of mins then place in the jelly jars. Wipe clean and insert into a water bath for approx. 10 mins. before removing to cool. Listen for pop pop pop of lids....... hoping for no old maids.
Just before canning I add my secret ingredients, a little maple extra, a small pinch of cinnamon. Makes this stuff just explode with happy happy flavors in your mouth.
Let it set up and you have Kumquat Marmalade! When you taste it it starts with the slight bitter tatse from the essential oils and then in second turns to a sweet almost honey like taste in your mouth. I believe I probably could or should have added at least another cup of compote to the water/sugar but I never made or ate Marmalade before. At the very bottom of each jar, like the one on the far left in the picture, you can see the clear "jelly" for maybe an 1" at the bottom of each jar.
5 Cups Kumquats, cleaned, seeded, sliced thinly (adjusted amount compote)
1 Cup Water
1 box Sure Gel
6.5 Cups sugar
2 drops Maple extract
1 grind of good cinnamon
This recipe is definitely a keeper, I can't believe I never had this before, its awesome. Can you imagine a glaze out of this?
Glad ya came by and checked it out because this is one you want to try!