My brother lives in Toowoomba and can therefore grow anything! Last time I saw him, he presented me with a 2 kg bag of cumquats from his tree. I asked what I was going to do with so many, and he suggested I could make jam. I’ve never made jam before, but thought ‘why not?’
I divided the bag into two 1 kg lots, fearing that I might ruin my first attempt and need a back up for a second try. Even with just a kilo, it took me 2 nights to make the jam. I’ve said it before – it’s a bugger when full time work gets in the way of one’s hobbies and interests!
You would not believe how long it takes to wash, cut, and squeeze the pips out of 1 kg of cumquats! The pips are notoriously difficult to dislodge, and I retrieved many more from both the food processor and the pot.
The amount of sugar that goes into jam is a bit of a worry – 1.25 kg for 1kg of fruit. But I found justification in the knowledge that I am the grand-daughter and daughter of cane farmers. My cousin is still a cane farmer in the area we grew up in, and so my jam-making helps keep the industry alive!
The recipe was found in an old Warm Earth magazine.
I sterilized my jars by washing them thoroughly, then placing them in an oven still warm after cooking something else.
So I’ve now made my first ever jam, and was surprised at how easy it was. Perhaps I might enter some jams in the country show next year!