Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Quince - the Cleanup Recipes!

Ahh - the quince - I still have 25 quince, several are half mushy and six or so are bigger than my two fists together. Since I am out of all vinegar except balsamics (I KNOW? right??) - quince pickle is out, but I do have cranberries in the freezer so am going to make (drum roll) Quince Cranberry Compote. A compote is fruit cooked in sugar - you serve it over something like cake or ice cream. Or crepes.

So, tonight - I'll make quince jelly with the lovely half-gallon jar of juice, quince-cranberry compote and... I'm going to need to do something else with the quince. Poached? Time to go fill the hot water bath and get it started!

Quince Compote:
  • 2 lbs quince, quarter, peeled, cored & cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 8 c water
  • 2 c sugar
  • 12 cloves
  • 18 allspice berries
  • 2 Tb orange zest (wide strips)
  • 1 12-16 oz bag cranberries
  • 1 c currants
  • 1 cinnamon stick (3" long)
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • Blood orange vinegar, 1 Tb in each jar after filled
Combine water, sugar, spices and orange peel. Bring to boil, stirring, to dissolve sugar. Add quince. Reduce heat, cover pan and cook very slowly until fruit has turned a deep pink color, about 2 hours.

Sort and rinse cranberries, add to cooked quince. If mixture seems too dry, add a little more water or cranberry juice. Increase heat a little and cook cranberries until they begin to pop open, 12-to-15 minutes. Gently mix them with quince. Remove cinnamon & vanilla and pack jars. Add 1 Tb vinegar to each jar.

The compote is BEAUTIFUL!

5 16 oz jars
2 8 oz jars*

*In a very odd "first" - one of the wide mouth half pint jars cracked - the bottom of the jar broke right off, and the jar turned over, keeping most of the fruit inside the broken jar (which I saved for picture in the morning). This is only the 3rd mason jar I have ever broken. The 2nd was an empty half-gallon broken by a falling filled half pint. The 1st happened last year - a jar just cracked down the side when I put hot plum jelly into it. Are jars being made with less quality assurance these days? I have never had jars break like this in 20 year of canning!


Chile said...

As I read, "Since I'm all out of vinegar..." I thought Oh, goodie, she's going to try making quince vinegar! But then you didn't say that.

Try making quince vinegar. I think it would come out great. It's REALLY easy to make, too. My homemade vinegar.

Jenn said...

Oh - good idea - looks like I can just take the peels from the quince I am going to preserve tonight (just conserves) and throw them in a jar with a light simple syrup and leave it for the next two weeks while I am out of town! :)

Jenn said...

This year - I am going to make quince vinegar.