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Bourbon Ginger Kumquat Marmalade

Bourbon Ginger Kumquat Marmalade

(adapted from this recipe from Maker’s Mark)
makes 3 cups

1 pound kumquats
½ cup bourbon
2 c sugar
2 c orange juice
½ c (2.5 oz) finely diced crystallized ginger
2 pieces whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
3 pieces star anise

Thinly slice the kumquats. The slicing blade on the food processor works well for this. Place the kumquats, bourbon, sugar, orange juice and ginger in a saucepan. Let stand for one hour to allow the flavors to mix. Add the cloves, cinnamon stick and star anise.

Place on the stove and cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until the marmalade reaches 220 or is set. (The set can be tested by placing a small dab of marmalade on a plate in the freezer). As the marmalade is cooking remove any pits that float to the top. Remove cinnamon sticks, cloves and star anise. Transfer the marmalade to clean glass jars and store in the refrigerator for up to a month.

For longer storage use the boiling water canning method and leave a 1/4 inch of head space at the top of each jar.