|There's another large jar which is just for us, so I didn't put a pretty label on it|
It's now very large and very pretty. And apparently unphotographed since summer 2012.
It's also extremely productive.
As an indoor plant, it'll flower and fruit all year round, so I've been progressively harvesting and freezing the fruit as it ripens, stockpiling enough to make a batch of marmalade.
Last week it occurred to me to weigh the bag of fruit in the freezer. 1.4kg. Plenty for marmalade.
Because the fruit had been frozen, I decided that I could skip the steps of either pre-cooking the fruit before slicing it, or soaking it in water overnight. I just thawed it overnight, halved the fruit and scooped out the flesh and seeds with a teaspoon.
|Thawed calamondins - the biggest are about 2" across|
Calamondin and Cointreau Marmalade (makes about 2kg marmalade)
1kg calamondins, frozen
2kg-ish jam sugar (as I understand it, calamondins don't have the pectin of regular oranges so I used jam sugar to be on the safe side and I think it was the right decision!)
3tbs cointreau or triple sec
Start the night before.
Take the calamondins out of the freezer and place in a bowl to thaw.
The following morning weigh your preserving saucepan and write the number down somewhere obvious.
Halve the fruit, scraping out the flesh and seeds with a teaspoon and reserve it.
Slice the peel finely and put it into the preserving saucepan. At the bottom of the bowl the fruit thawed in, there will be some liquid. Pour it into a measuring jug and make the quantity up to 1 litre with water (I had a bit over 80mls), and add the liquid to the saucepan.
Mash the reserved pulp and seeds thoroughly, then strain into the saucepan, pressing out as much juice as possible.
Weigh the saucepan again, deducting the number you wrote down earlier to find the weight of peel and juice. Personally I find it easier and less messy than trying to measure the amount you have. Add that amount of jam sugar to the pan.
Bring gently to the boil, ensuring that the sugar is all dissolved, then boil rapidly for about 30 minutes, until it reaches 106C on a jam thermometer, then test for a set. Don't leave it alone, you'd be amazed how high jam can boil up, even in a massive saucepan.
Once it has gelled nicely, allow to sit for 10 minutes, then stir in the cointreau and pot into sterilised jars and seal.