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Making Jams with Quinces

Quince Jam

Flavorful quinces are often ignored but you can make delicious jellies or jams from them. Then add the jams to yoghurt, prepare delicious cakes or simply smear them on toast or pancakes.

Here are 2 recipes - 1 for quince jam and the other for jelly, for which you will only need the juice from the fruits.

Quince Jam

Ingredients: 2 lb quinces, 4.5 lb sugar, 1 tsp citric acid.

Preparation: Wash the quinces and peel them, then wrap them in a towel that's been soaked in salt water, so they don't darken. Boil a sauce from the sugar and 4 cups of water - remove the foam with a slotted spoon. The sauce needs to be medium thick.

Grate the quinces on a coarse grater directly into the container with the sauce. Boil the quinces until the syrup starts to thicken. Add the citric acid and let the jam boil for 2 more minutes. Once it cools, distribute it into jars and close them.

You can also add raisins, to get an even more flavorful and delicious jam. Add the raisins along with the citric acid. Instead of raisins (or along with them), you can also add finely chopped pieces of walnuts.

Quinces

If you prefer, you can make a quince jelly. Wash and chop 4.5 lb of quinces into pieces - along with the fruits' cores. Pour 12 1/2 cups of water over them and boil on low heat - the juice needs to turn red, then turn off the heat.

Pour the quinces into a colander and drain out the juice, then strain it, so that there are no seeds or pieces of fruits. Once the juice cools, add 2 lb of sugar to it and return it to the stove - you need to boil it on medium heat until the mixture starts to gel.

Several minutes before removing the almost ready jelly from the stove, add 1/2 cup citric acid. Pour the prepared jelly into an appropriate glass container.

The jelly is suitable for pancakes, fried toast, fritters. If you like you can add 1 tsp of it into your favorite tea - to make it even sweeter and more flavorful.

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