the preserves recipe


First of all, I did not take this photo. It’s the work of one of my all-time favorite photographers, Alexandra Grablewski. She just told me about her new web site, which I really recommend you check out. Her work is stunning, not just the food, but her people and travel photos as well. The coincidence is that Alexandra photographed Su-Mei Yu’s The Elements of Life. It turns out the recipe for the kumquat preserves I’ve been raving about is going to be in the book, and even better, Alexandra had this photo on her web site. So enjoy the photo, and if you can get kumquats, enjoy the preserves.

Kumquat, Ginger, and Clove Preserves

Kumquat soothes the throat and relieves coughing and nasal congestion. Ginger nourishes all home elements, warms the respiratory system, and balances the Wind element when it’s cold and wet outside. Clove is an analgesic and relieves cold symptoms. Adding honey eases coughing and balances the body’s elements. All together, this medicinal preserve is a must to keep on hand as a preventative and healing remedy for colds. A spoonful in your daily mug of hot tea during the winter is revitalizing.

Makes 2 pints

4 cups kumquats
2 cups honey
20 thin slices fresh ginger
15 to 20 cloves

Combine the ingredients in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan over high heat. As soon as the honey liquefies and come to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low. Stir occasionally until the kumquats become soft and their color brightens, about 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and transfer to a clean jar with a tight lid. Cover and let cool before storing in the refrigerator, where it will keep for several months.


20 thoughts on “the preserves recipe

  1. what a beautiful photo! you know, the kumquat recipe posted reminds me a lot of this popular drink back when my mother was a young adult. it’s lemonade but with kumquats.. i don’t think they add the cloves, though! not sure about ginger.are you feeling better? 🙂

  2. pinkstripes and jenn: i’m not surprised by the range of comments on kumquats. they always made me kind of squeamish. and the preserves are intense. but the tea you make with them (just pouring hot water over a tablespoon or two of preserves) is really nice, and healing of course.

  3. That is a gorgeous picture! I wonder if it’s styled (brushed with glycerin to get it all sexy looking). It’s hard for real people shooting real food to get such wonderful results.

  4. Lynn, it was shot by a professional photographer for a cookbook, but I don’t think there was any glycerin involved. In fact, I work on a lot of photoshoots and I haven’t seen a stylist use glycerin in many years. The preserves themselves were glistening all on their own.

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