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canning kumquats?

timothina Feb 23, 2012 11:11 AM

Anyone have a good recipe for either canning kumquats in syrup or canning kumquat marmalade? My mother's birthday is coming up and she loves kumquats, so I would like to be able to can and ship her some.

  1. OCEllen Feb 23, 2012 01:36 PM

    For whole kumquats candied: poke one hole in each kumquat to avoid 'exploding', cook in a syrup of 3/4 cup water, 1 cup sugar, until skins are translucent, about 20 mins. Put in sterilized jars and process for 10 mins.

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    1. re: OCEllen
      OliviaPacific May 14, 2013 05:04 PM

      I use a similar recipe with the addition of a vanilla bean and a star anise pod. I've found that you really don't need to poke the holes. A couple kumquats may explode, but most of them stay intact.

      1. re: OliviaPacific
        OCEllen May 15, 2013 11:40 AM

        I've also done them in honey!

    2. mtoo Feb 23, 2012 01:11 PM

      Tart and Sweet has a recipe for Candied Kumquats that looks good - I've never tried it though. Let me see if I can post the recipe without violating copyright laws here:

      3 lbs kumquats halved and seeded
      2 cups water
      2 cups sugar
      1 vanilla bean
      5 cinnamon sticks
      5 star anise pods

      Blanch kumquats 3 times using fresh cold water each time. Strain. Rinse.

      Make a syrup out of the water and sugar and vanilla beans that have been scraped from the pod. Boil 2 minutes.

      Pack kumquats in jars, add cinnamon stick and star anise to each jar.

      Use proper canning techniques, like packing hot fruit into hot jars and topping with hot syrup. Leave 1/4 in headspace. Remove air bubbles, wipe the rim, add lid and band then process for 10 minutes .

      Makes 5 half-pints.

      (Hopefully this makes sense. I changed to wording on the instructions to avoid copywrite violation.)

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      1. re: mtoo
        timothina Feb 23, 2012 05:32 PM

        Awesome! Sounds great.

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