More and more I find myself forcing our family to digress into an old fashioned way of life. While keeping modern traditions, I try to adapt some forms of self sufficiency. Is our society going to depend solely on fast food or grocery stores to supply our next meal? What do we do if those are no longer options? Okay, maybe I’m starting to sound a little radical. I just don’t want to lose sight of the traditions that got our generation to this very day. I also want to be able to pass down some of these traditions and teach my children the skills, I feel, they deserve.
The problem is: I don’t know all these skills first hand. Sure, I’ve watched from an innocent glare below the counter top while inhaling the essence of my grandmother’s ways. I need to learn first hand of how to tend to a garden, can my fresh fruits and vegetables, etc.
While we raise the majority of our fruit and vegetable intake during the Summer months, I haven’t quite tackled the preserving for Winter part….yet. Also, we mainly stick to the basics; Potatoes,tomatos, corn,green beens…you get the idea. For anything else I depend on farmer’s markets or grocery stores. I like to experiment with the unfamiliar and possibly grow it in our garden.
These little mystery citrus beauties caught my eye while strolling through the produce department. Have you ever had a kumquat? I asked you the same thing on FaceBook. One response revealed that she had a kumquat tree in her back yard, but never eats them!
I’ll let you know that they are actually pretty good. Strangely, the outer peal is sweet and edible and the inside is tart like a lemon. It’s an inside out orange!
While delicious, It wasn’t something I would want to sit down and eat all day. Not wanting to let them go to waste, I had to figure out what to do with them. Marmalade! Perfect opportunity to hone in at least one family tradition. Canning jellies, jams, marmalades, etc. is a good opportunity to kind of stick your toe in the water as apposed to jumping in head first. This process of canning doesn’t involve a pressure cooker. Simply boil the fruits and sugar combo. , boil the jars and lids, pour in the liquid, seal, and done. My grandma passed down a Ball blue book (aka canning bible!) Get it, use it, love it.
As much as I loved this marmalade on some homemade biscuits, I crave a combination of this and chicken. What do you think? Will you try some kumquat marmalade? What is your favorite old fashioned tradition?
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