I have been cooking today. Have had kumquats on the tree for a while now and I think that they are beginning to go over. I made some marmalade a while ago and I really enjoyed it, so figured I would have another go but a little bit different. So I took the basic recipe for microwave jam, that I normally use and spiced it up a bit, with ginger, cloves and lemon juice and zest. It’s REALLY nice!! Well, it suits me, anyway.
I cannot be bothered with all that big pan boiling etc, so here is the recipe that I normally use:-
Microwave Kumquat Jam (opens in a new tab)
I actually did 1.5 times the recipe as that is how many kumquats I picked. So I ended up with 4.5 cups (766 grms) of chopped kumquats. If you are buying them, there is hardly any waste at all in this fruit.
To this recipe, I added a very big thumb sized piece of ginger and (maybe) a 1/4 tsp of ground cloves. I like cloves but you need to be careful about over powering other tastes. So less is more in this case. I also added the juice of 1/2 lemon and the zest of the whole lemon. Just for a bit of extra kick. I put all this in before stirring and cooking, as per the recipe.
Note:- The lemons that I pick from my trees here, are NOT the horrid bitter things they sell in the UK. It is possible for me to eat a slice without screwing up my face as they are a LOT less harsh here.
When cooking this recipe, it NEVER takes me the amount of time it says in the recipe. It always takes longer, but I still do the 2 minute checks after the mix has boiled to ensure that I cook to the minimum time possible. I do the plate check (spoonful on a cold plate and push it with your finger), to judge when it is ready.
As with ALL jams etc, you MUST use very hot jars, or they will crack when you put the super hot jam into them. I take clean second hand jars and put a couple of tsps of water in the bottom (you need the water so that the steam heats the jars through). Then microwave on full until they are very hot. Perhaps 1 – 2 minutes, depending on your power output. Once hot, I take them one at a time from the microwave and after emptying any remaining water out, fill them and seal them one at a time with the jam.
Here are a couple of pictures of my efforts. Yes!! I know that my presentation skills need addressing, but this is for me. Not to sell or give away 🙂