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Quince? Help, I have no idea what I'm doing.

I found a past foodpickle thread suggesting to cook quince down to a jam with a ratio of 4 parts quince to 3 parts sugar. So I had about 4 cups quince and mixed in about 2 1/4 cups sugar, with juice of half a lemon. It's now been bubbling away on low heat for about 45 minutes and the pieces of quince look like little darkened puffy quince balloons in a beautiful russett syrup. I tried mashing them with a potato masher, but that did not work. Has my quince jam gone to hell?

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

asked over 3 years ago
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added over 3 years ago

hey mrsl -

I think Rachel Saunders has some pointers on Quince jam in her Blue Chair Jam Cookbook. I am not in Vermont otherwise I would be happy to research and send you her advice.


pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

added over 3 years ago

You might need some pectin in there. There is a Spanish jelly which accompanies cheese known as "membrillo" which is made from quince.


hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

added over 3 years ago

Hi, mrslarkin! I just cooked down some quince for a recipe test. It took a really long time! I think 3ish hours.
It was more of a sauce-like recipe. The quince itself turned a gorgeous salmon color, and broke down to a slightly chunky texture.

added over 3 years ago

I dont think you need pectin...Quince is naturally full of it...I recently made quince jam following Rachel Saunders recipe and I chopped the pieces quite may just have to cooki it a bit longer