Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sunday Snapshot ... Quince Jelly

There was a time, when my girls were little, when I spent summer and fall canning everything I could get my hands on.  The Husband and I would take the family on day trips following the seasons, doing pick-your-own fruit at various local farms and orchards.  I used the results of these harvests and would make jam, or canned fruit, or applesauce ... whatever was appropriate.

It has been a long time since I canned anything.  Kids grow, lives change, and so do routines.

Last weekend, at a garden luncheon, I was given a plastic grocery bag containing six fruits from the Chinese Quince tree, and a slip of paper with instructions on how to make jelly out of them.  

The recipe resulted in twelve jewel-like jars of jelly, and a house that smelled like it used to 'back in the day'.

There are a lot of conflicting recipes for Quince Jelly on the 'Web, and Quince isn't mentioned on the insert of the Sure Jell package, so I am reproducing the instructions I was given ... to have them here for others who may want to follow in my footsteps.  

Preparing the Fruit.
1.  Wash but do not peel 5 - 7 fruits.
2.  Cut in half lengthwise with stout knife, remove seeds with spoon.
3.  Cut in thin slices or small chunks.
4.  Put into a large pot and add water till you can see it through the chunks.
5.  Cover and bring to boil, then simmer till all is tender, stirring gently occasionally so all pieces are cooked.  (At this stage, I mashed the fruit with my potato masher and simmered it for a little while longer.)
6.  Strain through jelly bag or cheesecloth, letting it drip till the dripping stops.  Squeeze bag to get more juice at the end.
7.  You will end up with 6-9 cups of cloudy liquid.  Allow this to stand in refrigerator for a couple days and the solids will settle to the bottom of the container.

Making Jelly.

7 cups of prepared Quince Juice
1 package of Sure-Jell fruit pectin
9 cups of Sugar

Boil juice and pectin in a large pot, stirring occasionally.  When fruit comes to full rolling boil, add sugar all at once, and heat till the mixture returns to full rolling boil.  Continue to boil mixture for exactly one minute, then remove pot from heat.  Skim foam from the top of the pot with a metal spoon.  Ladle jelly into prepared jars, and process in water bath for 5 minutes.

This jelly was DELICIOUS earlier this morning on a buttered whole wheat English muffin! 

I have a couple of cups of quince juice left over, and it may be great mixed with raspberries to make Raspberry Quince Jam.  I think I feel my old cooking/canning self coming back.


  1. I used to do the same thing when my kids were little, too. I haven't canned anything in years. You know, I don't think I have ever had quince jelly. xo Diana

  2. I have never canned anything and admire those who do. Anything sweet on a buttered English muffin is Oh So Delicious!

  3. I have never canned one blessed thing in my life. My daughter does, but she has a garden so that explains it. My husband used to can things a bunch of decades ago before I knew him. Wish I could take an interest in canning, but until the day that we should put in a garden it's just not going to happen... Your breakfast however, sounds wonderful!

  4. I've heard of quince jelly, but I don't think I've ever tasted it.

  5. Beautiful, and I bet scrumptious! There is something so rewarding about canning especially jelly to me.

  6. I am just getting into canning, and posts like these make me even more excited to move into my first house this month. I'll actually have the space for things like this. Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

  7. Oh yum, on a whole wheat english muffin?

    You're killing me.

    xo Jane


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