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Alexandrian Quince Jam

August 31, 2022
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To dice the quince, slice the quince lengthwise in a thickness of about 1/4 of an inch, and then cut across the slices in uniform cuts about 1/4 an inch thick. Soak the diced quince in cold water until you’re ready to cook.

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  • 600grams, or about 4 large quinces, cored, peeled, and finely diced.
  • 200grams granulated sugar
  • 1 ½oz lemon juice
  • 4cups water


  • Step 1

    Mix all the ingredients in a non-reactive pot (stainless steel, enameled cast iron, or Pyrex) and bring to a boil until the fruit softens (roughly 15 minutes). Use a potato masher (or the bottom of a metal bottle) to break the fruit down, leaving some thicker chunks. Cover the pot and allow it to cook on medium/medium-high for about half an hour.

  • Step 2

    Uncover the pot and continue to cook it on medium/medium-high (there should be small bubbles but it shouldn’t be sputtering) for another half hour. Stir regularly to keep the fruit from sticking to the bottom. You’re looking for a contiguous yet slightly loose preserve in a bright pink/orange hue. If the water evaporates before this happens, add more, half a cup at a time, and stir it in.

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