Mom’s Kumquat Marmalade

This special Mother’s Day recipe is a labor of love…

Our Mother was always a great home cook and in her lifetime, went from working as a short order cook in a car hop diner to being head chef in a busy local restaurant. Almost completely self-taught, trial and error, she honed her culinary skills. In retirement, she continued cooking, experimenting and making her always-in-great-demand jams and jellies from all the fruits available almost year round in Florida.

This is my very favorite. It is the only marmalade I will eat; and not only do I spread it on English Muffins but it also makes an awesome glaze for grilled chicken on the barbecue.

Kumquat Marmalade

First, wash kumquats and cut whole fruits in half, lengthwise, remove large seeds.
Remove pulp from the peel using your thumbs to push out the pulp.
Put pulp through a sieve two or three times, adding a little water, if necessary.
Cut peel into very fine slices, tossing out any blemished parts. (This is the labor of love part:)

Ingredients:
2 cups Kumquat Pulp
2 cups No-Pulp Orange Juice
7 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups Thinly Sliced Peel
Sure-Jell Powdered Pectin
1/2 tsp. Cold Butter

Put kumquat pulp and no-pulp orange juice in an 8-qt pot. Add Sure-Jell slowly, while stirring to avoid clumping. Add 1/2 teaspoon cold butter, it helps reduce the amount of foam that happens during cooking.
Place on a cold burner, add peel and cook on high heat, stirring constantly, until it comes to a rolling boil that you can not stir down. Add sugar all at once. Cook exactly one minute and remove from heat.
Using a metal spoon, push foam to the sides of the pot, scrape off and discard.
Working quickly, fill 8 oz. jelly jars to 1/8″ from the top. Put on lids and tightly screw on rings, shake jars and invert for five minutes. Repeat several times as they cool down to keep the peel from rising to the top.
Makes about 10 jars.

13 thoughts on “Mom’s Kumquat Marmalade

    1. Stewie’s going to love Dad being with us, he stays by his side as much as dad will allow him to ๐Ÿ˜
      My dog loved Mom most and now he loves dad more than me and I’m ok with that.. As a kid it would’ve made me cry ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  1. Mom’s strawberry jam was awesome. Do you remember my special request after receiving one batch that hadn’t thickened up properly? I had Mom make it that way from there on in because it was hands down the best strawberry topping for ice cream, on Belgium waffles, with clotted cream on scones, you name it! You need to post that recipe (and tell people to use overly ripe, sweet strawberries for Strawberry Topping.
    I’m jealous, I don’t even have Mom’s Fried Chicken recipe. We did used to beg her to make it on any picnic car trips to Ralph Stover Park as well as R&H employee’s family day at Willow Grove Park. BTW, my fearless days of riding rollercoasters with wild abandon ended on a dare with friends. Rode the Thunderbolt sixteen times in a row, lost the date and my lunch.
    Alas, the thrill was gone….

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    1. Speaking of lost lunches, I forgot to add The Satellite in those scary rides..

      I’ll have to wait til I get home to pull out the strawberry jam recipe and I do remember your special request but don’t know how Mom purposely did it for you later.. I hope she told you because I don’t think its with the recipe ๐Ÿ˜• but I’ll try and find if she wrote it down in the loose notes she had..

      The fried chicken secret isn’t an ingredient, its 2 xtra steps that make all the difference between “fried chicken” and “Our Mom’s fried chicken” ๐Ÿ‘

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      1. Yep, that’s all it was!

        There is two tricks for awesome chicken I remember but not sure Mom still made it that way.
        Soak chicken in club soda for about a half hour; and Mom was the first one to show me how to make fried foods extra crisp. First, do a one-minute blanch in hot oil, take out and let drain for a minute or two and then re-immerse into the hot oil to finish cooking. That’s what make Belguim frites soooo good.

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      2. Cool about the jam topping trick ๐Ÿ‘

        But nope about the 2 steps.. I’ll post the chicken recipe when I make it.. That’ll be a good one for pictures..
        Her secret is much simpler ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    2. That date was worth losing, I like the one you kept.. He’s the only one I ever did like of your boyfriends ๐Ÿ˜„
      He’s the only one that I can look back now and see wasn’t all about himself..

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      1. I can’t, I have to get to my delivery, grab another, get to the terminal, pack the van, get with my new contractor to work out the details for work badly needed at camp done that I can’t do, all before jumping in the van to meet dad in Virginia ๐Ÿ˜Š for a week of vacation there and in Kentucky..

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  2. I was hoping you’d post this.. My favorite jam was Mom’s strawberry.. Marmalade is where you and I are night n day, I do not like Marmalade or Kumquats.. I helped Mom with the 2nd from last batch of kumquat she made.. I think I was more of a hindrance than help but she and I enjoyed it anyhow ๐Ÿ˜„
    I couldn’t get my fingers to squeeze the pulp without damaging the peels and I was slow at cutting them.. And it is tedious work with patience needed that I lack.. But my boss loved her jams and his favourite was her Marmalade.. The rest of his family was with me on the strawberry.. Mom was always generous with food.. When she was working her last job, getting out of the restaurant biz, she still cooked ๐Ÿ˜„ People would flock over her banana pudding and cheesecakes and fried chicken..
    I’ll have to post her secret to perfect picnic fried chicken next time I make it.. It looks as yummy as it tastes.. And it’s one I can do in my truck’s tiny kitchen ๐Ÿ‘

    Mom’s chicken takes me back to Willow Grove park, where my sis and dad were the bravest people on the planet in my childhood eyes, as they’d ride the scariest rides in the world ! The Thunderbolt, The Wild Mouse and The Salt n Pepper Shaker ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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