Quince Jam

I present to you an easy-to-prepare quince jam, very fragrant and aromatic. I never imagined that I would be able to make jams, it always seemed like something complicated and I had the impression that the whole kitchen would be super sticky after this experience. But as my Grinch expectations were dashed, I found pleasure and joy in making jams.

I like autumn the most because it delights us with many delicacies, stimulates our creativity, tests our courage, and pampers our taste buds. I think quince jam is the easiest and fastest to make. Since the quinces contain a large amount of pectin that helps to gel the jam when it is cooked, it is not necessary to cook it thermally for a long time.

preparation time: 15 min | cooking time: 45 min | serves: 9 jars x 370 ml

Quince Jam

Ingredients

4 kg quince (net quantity will become about 2 kg)
1 kg sugar
1,5 L water
juice from 1 lemon
1 tablespoon of vanilla essence




Method

  1. Pick some ripe quinces, wipe the fluff from them, and peel them. Then cut them into small cubes or you can choose to put them through a large mesh grater. It must be shaved down to the hard part around the seeds. The quinces oxidize quickly, but we don’t have to worry because they will return to their beautiful color as soon as we put them to boil.
  2. Now that you have the required amount prepared for the jam it’s time to make the syrup. Therefore, put in a large pot of medium-heat: water, sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla essence.
  3. Boil the syrup over medium heat for 15 minutes or until the sugar melts, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the quince pieces and cook on low heat.
  5. Stir from time to time. Cook the jam for around 30 minutes.
  6. The quinces should be soft, shiny, and floating in all the syrup. They contain a large amount of pectin, which helps gelling, and it is not necessary to boil the jam until it thickens, as it thickens afterward. After turning off the heat, leave the jam in the pot until it cooled completely, and then put it into jars. Cover the pot with a baking sheet to prevent impurities from entering the jam. The next day put the quince jam in the jars.

And just like that, you will prepare a quince jam praised by the whole family. It is a very fragrant and delicious jam that goes well with a portion of fluffy crepes.

Did you make this delicious Quince Jam? I want to see it! Tag me on Instagram @racopaz and let’s cook healthy together.


Why do I want to prepare as many types of jams at home as possible?

In the past when I didn’t try to make jam at home, I could hardly find a jam that had a balanced taste. Most of them add a lot of sugar and the fruit taste disappears completely. It doesn’t even matter if you eat quince jam, strawberry jam, or apricot jam, they are all just as sweet.

I have had a few failed attempts at jam-making. Sometimes I tried to prepare it with stevia sugar, sometimes I used the smallest amount of sugar accepted in my mind, and sometimes I left it on the fire too long thinking that it should be cooked for many hours. That is until I started researching more. That’s how I found out that depending on the fruit chosen, the minimum amount of sugar to create a jam differs, as well as the cooking time.

Fruits that contain large amounts of pectin are the easiest to turn into jam. Pectin helps to gel the composition and it is not necessary to prepare thermally very much. Pectin requires heat, sugar, and acid (lemon) to transform into gelatine.

Fruits that contain large amounts of pectin and therefore are the easiest to transform into jellies, and jams: apples, blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, plums, and quinces. Followed by fruits that contain moderate amounts of pectin: cherries, oranges, grapes, and elderberries. And the fruits that contain a low level of pectin are apricots, peaches, pears, pineapples, raspberries, strawberries, and figs.




What do I like to serve this super flavorful quince jam with?

From the classic crepes to pancakes and even on toast, quince jam is always a delight for me. But most of all I like to prepare rice with milk and cinnamon on top of which I add extra flavor with this delicious jam.

I always thought that quince jam can only be associated with desserts, but I discovered something very interesting. Quince jam goes perfectly with hard, matured cheeses with a strong and aromatic taste, such as Roquefort cheese. A classic, enjoyable combination to share with friends when preparing a delicious cheese platter. It is a culinary delight and you must try and feel the taste combination.

This fragrant quince jam also goes perfectly with fresh goat cheese. Enjoy some special bruschetta with goat cheese and quince jam. Simple to prepare and delights all your taste buds. Of course served with a glass of white wine, preferably Verduzzo.

If you also know other delicacies that go well with quince jam, or other delicious recipes and tricks for making jams, please let me know. I love getting to know new tastes and learning to prepare all kinds of goodies.


 

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