Last week, a gentlemen and lady farmer from Lanao del Norte sent me roughly 56 kilos (that is two large netted sacks full) of organically grown, hand-picked and utterly beautiful kalamansi fruit. This citrus bounty was sent by jeepney to Iligan, loaded onto a ferry, and delivered to my office in Cebu. While we made some marmalade at the office so that folks there could learn the process, and distributed some of the fruit to work colleagues, I did manage to bring home about 20 kilos of kalamansi in my check-in luggage on PAL (not the delayed CP flight). My photos of the sacks of kalamansi were horrific, so you donâ€™t get to see themâ€¦ but you can imagine the volume, I hope. Oh, I did learn one little tidbit about the nuances of properly harvesting kalamansi. When you pick the fruit, you MUST ensure that a little bit of the stem is still attached. If you rip out the entire stem, the fruit will spoil more quickly. Therefore, kalamansi pickers have perfected a pinch and cut method with their thumb and forefinger. Novice pickers are typically not welcome in oneâ€™s kalamansi grove. I wonder why they just donâ€™t use small scissors but there wasnâ€™t a sufficient answer to thatâ€¦
At any rate, with approximately five kilos of fruit and over five kilos of sugar, I made another batch of kalamansi marmalade and ended up with the equivalent of about 30 Â½ pint jars of marmalade!!! Yikes, talk about a LOT of marmalade, and an INCREDIBLE amount of chopping and several fingerprints temporarily lost to the acids! I think this batch of marmalade is finer than the last. This one has the rinds nicely distributed and suspended in the jam and a good consistency. I sent bottles and bottles to friends and family and there are a few left over. So what to do with these??! A Market Manila Cheesy Noontime Show Type Tambiolo Contest, of course!!! Here is your chance to win a Â½ pint bottle of totally organic, hand-picked, hand-made Kalamansi Marmalade a la Marketman. Here are the rules:
1. To join, you must leave a comment on this post and identify (a) your absolute favorite post or recipe from all of the Marketmanila archives AND (b) the post that you least liked or recipe that did not work for you at allâ€¦
2. No need to give personal details other than your usual name (or pen name) and valid email address; only the winner(s) will be contacted for their mailing address. And btw, I have NEVER used an email address that a reader has left for any bulk mail, junk mail, etc. EVER.
3. I WILL ONLY SHIP TO A PHILIPPINE ADDRESS. While everyone on the entire planet is welcome to join, I will only ship to a Philippine address using LBC Couriers (if they donâ€™t go there, you are out of luck). The shipping costs to foreign lands and customs restrictions make it IMPOSSIBLE for me to send this marmalade to Australia, the U.S., Canada, Europe, etc. etc. So if you live abroad and still want to try your luck and you win, you must provide a Philippine address of a family member or friend to which I can mail the marmalade.
4. After a few days (depending on the responses to this silly contest), I will close the contest and have The Kid draw random numbers from a hat or bowl and the number picked (say #24) means I will look for the 24th comment left and that will be the winner. You will just have to trust that Marketman will do this properly as I do not have a DTI Permit for this promo and I will not allow government representatives into my home to monitor the â€œraffle.â€ After all, what do you have to lose? If you have any wangot about this contest, I am the only, absolute and final judge. Got it?! :)
5. What are your chances of winning? I like the sound of 1 in a 100, donâ€™t you? A 1% chance that you can actually win this homemade bottle of marmalade, so for every 100 comments left (only ONE COMMENT PER READER/FAMILY PLEASE) I will give away one bottle of jam. This contest shall close when 200 comments have been reached on this post, not counting any comments that I personally add. Therefore, a maximum of two bottles of marmalade will be awarded and mailed out. And if you wonder why comment numbers can change, it’s because first time comments are screened or moderated before they show up on the screen…
6. If you win, I will contact you by email for an appropriate mailing address and a few days after that, you can spread this marmalade on a nicely toasted piece of wheat bread and some sweet butter and say, â€œWho says there is no such thing as a free lunchâ€¦â€
Good luck everyone!!!