I love Changshou kumquats. If I were only going to plant one citrus tree, the Changshou would probably be it. They're so delicious and productive, but how do you preserve them? I hate having to turn healthy organic fruit into sugar-laden marmalade in order to keep it from spoiling, so this year I tried an experiment. I removed the seeds, chopped up the fruit in the food processor, and cooked them down in their own juice with no added sugar or water. I then canned them just like you would any jam or marmalade.
The result was delicious! The consistency is like a relish or chutney, but sweet, tart, and flavorful. I popped a small jar open to 'taste test' yesterday, and wound up eating the whole thing! I'm very excited to have discovered this wonderful 1-ingredient recipe, and will definitely be making more in the future. I'm also going to try it with loquats later, although I'll probably have to add some acid to can it safely.
Training is going well, although I seem to have some issue with my rotator cuff. I don't know if it's a repetitive stress injury from work or what, but I decided not to swim today. It really hurt yesterday, and I don't want to make it worse. Ran 21 miles on Saturday morning, and legs feel really good. I may not qualify for Boston, but I think I'm going to have a great marathon in Janauary.
Preserving the Kumquat Harvest
12/19/2016 01:21:30 pm
So good to see another post!
12/19/2016 02:15:44 pm
Missed seeing lists from you. Thanks for the update and the recipe. Keep up the training.
12/19/2016 02:23:16 pm
It's so good to see you blogging again. I missed your blogs. Do you remember, when I was in your office....you received a box of labeled citrus from a friend? And you so generously shared those citrus w me? Well, we did a taste test and planted a few trees. Enjoyed the harvest this year.
12/19/2016 03:51:48 pm
Of course I remember! You retired in the last year or so didn't you?
7/16/2019 07:35:11 pm
Hey, Clayton. Found this bookmark and was perusing when I saw you kumquat recipe. How much do you boil it down? Hope things are going well with your trees and running and all. Take care
12/27/2019 05:53:02 pm
Not all that much, basically once it has the consistency of baby food I ladle it into jars and process it in the boiling water.
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