Quince Jam

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.

I succeeded.

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.

Quince Jam

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….

Quince Jam

  • 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.

10 thoughts on “Quince Jam”

  1. I’ve had Fall blooming crocuses, but not daffodils. Your flowers look more like crocuses, do you think, perhaps they are?

  2. We had the same double rainbow – and both ends were dipping in to the Med. It was a really beautiful sight but my poor little camera couldn’t cope. I always thought rainbows were a local phenomenon but if you saw the same one I must be wrong.
    Those flowers are not daffodils (or crocus) they are a sort of lily – called a ‘vendangeuse’ (female wine harvester in french) http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sternbergia_lutea . A very cheery sight, we had some in our garden when we lived near Carcassonne.
    I love your stories – dogs, cooking in France, living in an old house.

  3. Katie, Don’t know how I missed you post about having some quince. I could have, and now will tell you that I have had the good fortune of a neighbor with several quince ‘trees’ -They are more like bushes.
    One year I decided to try to make Quince Paste. I had tasted it at a Tapas Bar and loved it.
    Good thing, cause it was a labor of love!!
    It was wonderful with Manchego cheese and a glass of wine. Maybe next year you may want to try it. It keeps forever tightly wrapped in my cheese drawer
    (how appropriate!)Some call it ‘Quince Cheese’. Think I got the recipe from Epicurious.

  4. Mmm I’ve always wanted to try quince and I’m excited that it’s in season again! I’ll have to seek it out.

  5. Fall daffodils are definitely an oddity worth photographing.
    I have searched high and low for quince jam or jelly around Northeastern Wisconsin. I had some in Paris in May, and I was smitten.
    I’d make my own, but I can’t find quince either.

  6. Mem, you’re right, they do look like crocuses… But syrahsusie is right on!
    syrahsusie, that is exactly what they are! Thanks. That was a gorgeous rainbow – must have been really fantastic over the Med…. And thanks ‘-))
    manningroad, I didn’t have very many – only 8 and they were small LOL
    Anna, I’m pretty sure syrahsusie nailed it…. – thanks. I’m so clueless about flowers. LOL
    Ina, thanks – the rainbow was spectacular!
    Phoenicia, it is good = I’m very happy with it… Except, strangely, it doesn’t freeze. Have to google that….
    Diane, I’ve had the bushes, 6 of them, for 4 years and this is the first time I got any fruit… and it was only one of them and only 8 tiny quince
    Joanne, this was a first for me….
    Mimi, I’d never heard of it when I lived in Wisconsin. We had a big tree that produced huge quince in Andorra – but the locals always got to it first…. They’d raid at night LOL

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