Anise Flavored Kumquat Marmalade


I have always been a big fan of marmalade especially Orange marmalade. I always have a jar ready in my refrigerator. Store bought marmalade is always too sweet and full of preservatives.  My first foray into jam (i.e. marmalade) or preserve making was a huge success! I made 10-12 8oz bottles of Persimmon-Orange marmalade that was fantastic! After sharing some with friends and family, devouring almost all the rest with some healthy, delicious Quinoa bread making Paneer toast, I am down to my last bottle.

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Right now, kumquats are in season and pervading grocery stories. Kumquats are sweet but tangy and delicious to eat.

Ingredients:
1 lb kumquats
1 cup orange juice
1 cup maple syrup
1-2 anise stars

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Rinse and trim the edges of the kumquat fruit. Thinly slice the fruit, extracting the seeds and setting them aside. Add the sliced kumquat to a bowl. Add one cup orange juice (juice of about two oranges), and 1-2 anise stars. Add maple syrup and mix well. Place the seeds of kumquat in a cheese cloth and place in the bowl and transfer the bowl to the refrigerator for 12 hours.

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After 12 hours, remove from the refrigerator. Remove the cheese cloth with the seeds and throw away. Place the bowl on the stove and bring to a boil. Reduce flame to medium low and continue to cook until the jam thickens, about 25-30 minutes. If making large batches, prepare canning jars and preserve.

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