Remember when I told you about my quince?
I sniffed them for a month trying to figure out when they were ripe.
Finally, one fell off…. I decided it was time.
Then I had to figure out what to do with them… taking heed of all the warnings you all left for me about how hard quince are and how difficult to peel and how impossible to chop.
I found the answer…..
Elise at Simply Recipes posted this recipe for Quince Jam back in 2008.
She grated them, peels and all.
Now, that's my kind of recipe!
Naturally I modified it a bit.
One of the reasons I don't make many jams and jellies is they are usually too sweet for my taste.
I like tart.
Unfortunately, what makes jams and jellies jell is the sugar… well, the sugar and the pectin.
Quince is naturally high in pectin – higher than any other fruit.
I hoped that I could use less sugar than the recipe called for and still get a nice thick jam.
What I didn't succeed at is getting the bright pink color that is typical of quince jam.
Oh well…. I got the flavor I was looking for and I love it.
My quince were small and pretty rough looking, with brown spots on the skin and what looked like holes from bird beaks.
I washed them, cut the bad bits out and grated them on the medium holes of a box grater. Some were too small and too green to bother with….
- 3 cups grated quince, peels included
- 3/4 cup grated, peeled Granny Smith (1 medium apple)
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 2 cups water
- Mix the water and lemon juice in a wide-bottomed pan and bring to a boil.
- Add the quince and apple as it's grated.
- Add the sugar and stir until dissolved.
- Boil for 30 – 40 minutes, until it turns pink (mine didn't) or gets to the consistency you like. Check by taking a bit out with a spoon and allowing to cool.
You could, of course, can / bottle this…. most people would. I put about 2/3's of it in freezer bags and froze it.
I've been eating the rest….
And now just a couple of random photos….
This was the most fantastic, double rainbow I have ever seen. It was visible for about 15 minutes one evening, Both arcs were completely visible… but a little large for a photo.
We have fall daffodils!
I've never heard of or seen fall daffodils before. They're under the fig trees.
The were not blooming in the spring, when the normal daffodils bloom.