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Quince

I poached quince the other night. After an hour asked my husband to turn them off, let them cool and put them away. I just checked them (planning to serve tomorrow) and they are still a little hard. Can I just put them back over heat again, or are they garbage now?

asked by Jen! about 1 year ago
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added about 1 year ago

i think it would be fine if you put them back over the heat to finish cooking!

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Leslie Stephens

Assistant Editor, Food52

added about 1 year ago

And no harm in trying! (PS When Quince are cooked—and they always take longer than I think they will—one of the ways you can tell they're done is if they're slightly pink!)

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Nancy

Nancy is a trusted home cook.

added about 1 year ago

Where did you/he put them away, please?

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Nancy

Nancy is a trusted home cook.

added about 1 year ago

My recipes for various quince dishes all call for >one hour poaching, e.g. 1.25 to 2.5 hours.
If they were stored in the fridge, ok to resume cooking - and they will be delicious.

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added about 1 year ago

They are in the fridge in their syrup!

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added about 1 year ago

I find that the quince I buy in the USA can be rather tricky - and if you're poaching them, the larger pieces or halves will take a bit longer than you might expect to cook through. If you're not using much sugar in your recipe, there isn't really much of a dead giveaway unless you poke one with a knife for tenderness. Of course, if it's a recipe with sugar, you'll see them turn a rosy pink or even brick red when they're cooked.

I just made 1 kg of quince paste from a recipe I was given in Portugal, and despite being fiddly at first the quince cooked quite nicely and turned bright crimson red. However even then there were some hard bits I had to spoon out when I was transferring it from the pot.

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added about 1 year ago

Yes you can put it back over heat. I usually like my quince a tad firm, especially if using as a poached fruit over yogurt or granola. If it turns to mush, then I make it into jam.