Quince: a hard, acid pear-shaped fruit. Well, maybe came across this fruit in the supermarket but never put in the efforts of analysing it unless a friend of mine started bringing some Apple sandwiches for me from her cafe, that I came to know they used something called quince jelly in it. I started finding this jelly in suoermarkets and found pastes but nit something that I was after. Google helped me at the end and there I was, buying some quince and making my jelly at home!! Yes it has sugar but its fine once in a while to use it on your toasts, breads, etc.
Quince is hard to have on its own because if its tartness and the best way to consume it is by making preserves. It tastes in between like an apple or pear but is different to them because of the texture. So here is a quick, old family style recipe for the jelly.
7.5 cups of sugar
4.5 cups of water
1/4th cup lemon juice
1 sachet(of 100gms) of jam setting pectin
1.3 kgs of quince
- Dice the quinces and place them in a large pot and pour in all the water.
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, and simmer, covered for 15 minutes. Strain off 4 cups of the juice.
Mix juice with sugar and the lemon juice in a heavy pot, and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly.
Stir in the jam setting pectin and return to boil. Boil for about a minute, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat and skim off foam.
Ladle into hot sterile jar, and process in hot water bath to seal. Refrigerate jelly after opening.
Store sealed jars in a cool dark place. Refrigerate after opening once.
Happy Jelly making!!
With jam setting pectine, you can use the brand available. The quantity can be changed as per instructions on the packet.
You can use liquid pectin if available.