Quince Taste Like Roses Smell!
I’ve heard of Quince. The Owl and the Pussy Cat ate it:
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon.
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand.
They danced by the light of the moon, the moon, the moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.
But I had no idea what they were until another marketer brought some to the Grand Forks, BC market. She had a basket of the weirdest looking pears I had ever seen and when I asked her what they were, she told me. I was intrigued, so I took them home and looked them up.
It turns out they are a member of the Apple and Pear Family, They are not really great for eating out of hand as they are really tough, but we sliced one really thin and ate it with a nice extra old cheddar.
First I have to tell you their fragrance is wonderful! They perfumed my car and I could still smell them 3 days later. We left them on the table over the weekend and every night when we opened the door, it smelled delicious. Finally, it was time to make the jelly!
We diced the quince and placed them in a pot covering them with water. They brown quickly.
The contents of the pot of quince was too much for our jelly bag, so we used the old standby – a bleached tea towel we keep specifically for this very purpose. I put the colander in the stainless bowl added the tea towel,
And tied through the cupboard handle and let it drip – all night.
The drained juice is gorgeous. We then measured and poured it into the jelly pot.
Then bring the mixture to a boil.
Quinces contain a lot of pectin, so rather than add any commercial pectin we boiled the quince until the thermometer reached 220 degrees (f) or 105 degrees (c).
Then we poured it into the sterilized jelly jars, wiped the rims with clean damp paper towel put on the two piece lids and processed for 10 minutes.
This jelly is marvelous!
If you get the chance, you should taste it (or make your own).
As Quince have gone out of fashion, I wonder how I can find a quince tree for our garden, there are so many other recipes I’d like to try.