Quince Preserves Recipe
Have to share the most delicious fruit preserves, or rather the most fragrant quince preserves recipe, others call it: quince jam. Although, to me, jam is something that is thick and spreadable, does not have fruit slices or chunks. Anyways, what important, is that the quince is in season, can be found in most Mediterranean or middle eastern food markets, and you have no excuse for not making this extremely tasty sweet.
It’s interesting how this almost green-yellow fruit, turns into bright orange-pink color, as it cooks. I don’t even know how the color is called, it’s quite unique in shade, not fully orange nor red. Another interesting fact about quince, is that, as a fruit it can’t be considered as flavorful, juicy and very tasty, it’s even hard to bite on, but as it cooks, magically turns into fragrant, juicy and incredibly delicious treat.
Tea season is officially on, and if you’ve ever tried quince preserves with tea, you know what a perfect taste combination you are missing out. So be sure to make it while the fruit is in season and share your feedback. Comment or tag me on your instagram or Facebook pages. I’m always happy to hear from you.
4 lbs quince, washed, peeled, sliced (refer to YouTube tutorial for more details)
Hot water enough to cover the fruit and a bit more
8 ½ cups sugar
10 cups hot water, you will be using the same water you cooked the fruits with, if it’s not enough to make 10 cups, add more
The juice of one lemon
Additionally you will need sterilized mason glass jars or you can save your preserves in any other glass container
In a large pot combine the fruit and hot water
Bring to a boil and cook about 7-10 minutes
Remove from the water, set aside and start making the syrup
Measure 10 cups of water, the use same water you cooked the fruit with
Add the sugar and bring it to a boil on high heat, reduce the heat and allow to cook 7-10 minutes on medium to low heat
Add lemon juice and fruit
Cook for 15-20 minutes, turn off the heat and let it cool down and set for 2 hours
Restart cooking and cook on medium to low heat, 1 ½ -2 hours or until the preserves reaches to bright orange color
Pour the hot preserves into sterilized jars, screw the lids and turn upside down for 7-8 hours
You can store the jars in pantry for long month
Enjoy your quince preserves with tea or with bread and butter