Quince Preserves

The subtle charms of quinces are easily revealed. Naturally occurring pectin in the fruit lets preserves set without added thickeners.

  • Yield: Makes about 7 cups
Quince Preserves

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2007

Ingredients

  • 4 quinces (about 2 pounds total), trimmed
  • 5 1/2 cups sugar
  • 5 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Directions

  1. Bring quinces, 1/2 cup sugar, and the water to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer gently until quinces are tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Transfer quinces to a plate to cool. Reserve cooking liquid.

  2. Coarsely chop quinces, and return to pot (including seeds, cores, skins). Bring to a boil. Slowly stir in remaining 5 cups sugar and the lemon juice. Cook, stirring, until preserves are thick, orange, and register 220 degrees on a candy thermometer, about 25 minutes. Pass through a fine-mesh sieve; discard solids. Let cool.

Cook's Notes

Refrigerate in airtight containers for up to 2 weeks.

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