But, we’re back with a treat - and right in time for guava season in South Florida! Elsa came to our friend Silvana’s house to teach us how to make something close to a guava jam or compote. The smells coming from that kitchen were heavenly…
35-37 Medium ripe or green Guavas
(NOTE: Guava will stain, so be careful of clothes and counter tops.)
6 1/2 cups Sugar
Pinch of Salt
Water as needed
This recipe makes approximately eight 12 oz. jars.
- Wash guavas and cut off the stem end.
- Cut the guavas in half and scoop out the seed and centers and reserve.
- Chunk the remaining guava pulp and skins.
- Puree the chunked pulp and skins adding small amounts of water as needed to liquefy.
- Strain the fruit puree discarding solid remnants using a fine mesh strainer.
- Strain the seed puree but retain the remnants.
- NOTE: To strain the seed puree she used the back of a spoon to work all of the puree off of the seeds.
- Restrain the seed puree. After the second puree there should be no seeds left.
- Combine the fruit puree and the seed puree to yield approximately 9 cups.
- Add the sugar to the combined puree.
- Cook the combined puree on high until it comes to a full boil. Stir with ladle to mix the sugar well and to prevent the marmalade from sticking to the pot.
- Once it comes to a second boil lower the temperature to medium. Continue cooking as it continues to boil.
- Add a pinch of salt.
- Cook for 30 minutes stirring periodically.
- Use this time to prepare your jars.
- NOTE: It is best to use sterilized glass jars as the marmalade will initially be hot.
- After 30 minutes, set the temperature to low and beginning jarring. Jar and lid all of the marmalade while hot.
- If using canning jars they will "pop" as the mixture cools, thereby completing the seal.
- NOTE: Once cool, the marmalade can be refrigerated for a couple of weeks.
Serve with yellow cheese and crackers for a traditional Cuban snack or dessert. It is also delicious served over cream cheese, or even a plain cheesecake. Or heck, eaten out of the jar with a spoon!