Two weeks ago I began a preserving experiment—cumquats and clementines.
Today is the final day of the preserving process.
I put all but two into a jar along with one last syrup mixture. This can now sit, preserved.
Rick says that they look like shrunken heads so I doubt if he’ll be trying them.
I took a bite out of one of the extras. Interesting that you can now eat it like a peach, peel and all. Taste? Could be a little sweeter, if you ask me. But maybe the extra two days will make a difference. I doubt it though. I will have to find a recipe to use the clementines instead of eating them by the bite.
The cumquats have been sitting in the fridge for the past two weeks, waiting for that trial bite.
Again, not as sweet as expected but it tastes like a cumquat with a little sugar on top, just mushier.
Will I do this again?
For the clementines: No … not because of the long process or the taste but because they are not locally grown. There are other fruits that I can preserve that can be grown locally, eliminating the need of shipping around the world. I will still purchase some yummy clementine treats each winter, but they will be just that – treats.
As for the cumquats… definitely. Although, eating one of the preserved fruit was not quite as good as one fresh off the bush, it was nice to just reach into the jar and pop one of those sweet-sour preserved into my mouth. This will be a nice way to preserve a harvest which is now more than I can eat by myself.
Overall, it was fun to check in on the clementines every other day and wait to see the results.
It was fascinating to see the effect on the peel.
Two thumbs up for the cumquats… next year, I’ll be trying the marmalade to see which method I prefer.
-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)