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Desserts

MCP Kumquat Jelly

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Apple and fresh kumquat juices, sugar and fruit pectin are cooked briefly, then processed in a canner to produce gleaming jars of homemade jelly.
time
prep:
1 hr
total:
1 hr
servings
total:
About 5 (1-cup) jars or 80 servings, 1 Tbsp. each
SURE-JELL Premium Fruit Pectin

What You Need

2
cups  prepared juice (buy about 3 to 4 lb. fully ripe medium kumquats)
1
cup  water
1
cup  apple juice (bottled or fresh)
1
box  MCP Pectin
1/4
tsp.  butter, margarine or oil
4
cups  sugar, measured into separate bowl

Make It

BRING boiling-water canner, half full with water, to simmer. Wash jars and screw bands in hot soapy water; rinse with warm water. Pour boiling water over flat lids in saucepan off the heat. Let stand in hot water until ready to use. Drain jars well before filling.

REMOVE seeds from kumquats; discard seeds. Place kumquats in large saucepan. Add water; cover. Simmer 10 min. or until kumquats are softened. Place three layers of damp cheesecloth or jelly bag in large bowl. Pour kumquats into cheesecloth. Tie cheesecloth closed; hang and let drip into bowl until dripping stops. Press gently. Measure exactly 2 cups juice into 6- or 8-qt. saucepot.

ADD apple juice and pectin to juice in saucepot; mix well. Add butter to reduce foaming. Bring to full rolling boil (a boil that doesn't stop bubbling when stirred) on high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in sugar. Return to full rolling boil and boil exactly 2 min., stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim off any foam with metal spoon.

LADLE immediately into prepared jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of tops. Wipe jar rims and threads. Cover with two-piece lids. Screw bands tightly. Place jars on elevated rack in canner. Lower rack into canner. (Water must cover jars by 1 to 2 inches. Add boiling water, if necessary.) Cover; bring water to gentle boil. Process 5 min. Remove jars and place upright on a towel to cool completely. After jars cool, check seals by pressing middles of lids with finger. (If lids spring back, lids are not sealed and refrigeration is necessary.)

Kraft Kitchens Tips

How To Measure Precisely
To get exact level cup measures of sugar, spoon sugar into dry metal or plastic measuring cup, then level by scraping excess sugar from top of cup with a straight-edged knife.
Altitude Chart
At altitudes above 1,000 feet, increase processing time as indicated: 1,001 to 3,000 feet - increase processing time by 5 min.; 3,001 to 6,000 feet - increase processing time by 10 min.; 6,001 to 8,000 feet - increase processing time by 15 min.; 8,001 to 10,000 feet - increase processing time by 20 min.
Jam or Jelly Didn't Set?
Every once in a while, you may find that your jam does not set the way you expected. If your efforts resulted in a runny batch, try our Remake Directions to improve your finished jam. If your jam still doesn't set, you can always use it as a glaze or syrup.
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