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Recipe: Enjoy sweet kumquat marmalade

kumquat marmalade
Try this recipe for homemade kumquat marmalade.

This traditional kumquat marmalade recipe has been passed on to the Serendipity on Fairymead produce swap stall for all to enjoy.


  • 1.6kg of kumquats (some can be less than fully ripe)
  • Juice of two lemons
  • 3.6mls of water
  • 2.5kg of sugar
  • Jamsetta


  • Wash fruit and cut off green stalk ends and skim off any big pips.
  • Cut in halves and put through kitchen whizz.
  • Boil for up to two hours with lid off until fruit is soft.
  • Allow some moisture to boil off.
  • Take off heat.
  • Add a generous amount of sugar (a little more than 2.5kg) and one packet of Jamsetta.
  • Slowly heat jam, making sure all the sugar is dissolved before turning up heat.
  • Wash and dry in oven 10 glass jars with lids.
  • Beware of turning up heat too fast, marmalade can boil over.
  • Test for setting- it can take anywhere from 20 minutes to two hours.
  • Pot while hot. Either put lids on immediately or allow to cool beyond the point where there will be condensation on the inside of the lids.

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