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Canning: Quince Preserves

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  • Complexity: easy
Canning:  Quince Preserves

Quince is a fruit that undergoes an enormous transformation to become something wonderful. These quince preserves are a culinary delight.  


  • 3 lbs quince
  • 2 cups organic sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 4 cups water
  • Step by Step Directions

    1. Peel, core, and quarter your quince, then slice into wedges approximately 1/4" inch thick.  Place in a bowl of cold water with a couple tablespoons of lemon juice to prevent excessive browning and oxidation while you work through the fruit.

      Drain fruit.  Place the prepared quince, lemon juice, sugar, and water in a large, heavy bottom stock pot.  Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently for approximately one hour.  During this time, the quince will become a deep translucent pinkish orange and quite thick.

      Ladle into sterilized half-pint jars, leaving at least 1/2" headspace.  Wipe rims clean and place lids and rings on finger tight.  Process in a water bath canner at a rolling boil for 15 minutes.

      After processing, remove jars from canner and place on a towel to cool.  Loosen or remove rings and check for seal.  Store in a cool dark place for up to a year.  Refrigerate after opening.

      Makes 6-8 half pints.

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