Thursday, June 12, 2014

Preserved Salted Kumquats (Quất Muối)

Salted kumquats which have steeped in salted brine for over 3 months

Beautiful fresh kumquats

Sitting the jars of salted kumquats over a sunny window sill for at least 1 month or longer before using.

450gm cleaned and dried kumquats and enough coarse salt to cover the fruits. Layer the kumquats and salt alternatively in a clean and sterilised jar.  Seal the jar and place it near a bright window sill.  Overturn the jars occasionally to allow the salted brine to distribute evenly over the kumquats. Let it cure for at least a month or longer until the fruits shrivelled and softened before transferring the jar to fridge. 

After about 1 week, some of the coarse salt has melted and liquid filling up half the jar

Making of salted kumquat drink! 

Salted kumquat drink : Mash 1 kumquat thoroughly in a glass. Add in 2 tsp honey to taste and top with a cup of cold water. Refreshing!

 I am submitting this post to Asian Food Fest – IndoChina hosted by Kelly Siew Cooks

I found another preserved kumquats on another web-site, these preserved kumquats are served as a relish rather than using it to make as a drink. The process of curing is shorter, around 2 weeks, as to retain its crunchiness.

Salt & Pepper Preserved Kumquats

  • 450gm kumquats
  • 1/2 tbsp black peppercorns, ground
  • 2 cloves, ground
  • 1/4 cup coarse salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • juice of 2 lemons

  1. Wash the kumquats and air dry completely. Slice half in lengthwise.
  2. In a bowl, combine halved kumquats, peppper, cloves, salt & sugar till evenly mixed.
  3. Place kumquats in a clean dry jar, pour in lemon juice and seal the jar.
  4. Store at room temperature for 10 days to 2 weeks, shake the jar once a day, until they reach the desired softness. Chill the mixture.
  5. To use : using a clean, dry spoon, take out desired amount and rinse under cold water, chop or serve whole along with roasted meat or toss into salads.


PH said...

Peng, you are very adventurous! Interesting recipe indeed :)

Kelly Siew said...

Looks refreshing! Thank you for your submission.

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