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Quince Jam – Delicious, yet easy and simple recipe for quince jam prepared with quince, sugar, and lemon juice.

Top view of a jar of quince jam with a spoon 

Back in 1984, some time around mid September or beginning of October (my mom didn’t keep track of those “minor” details), the tooth fairy paid me a visit. I remember that she left me 10.00 Dinari – I have no clue what that would be in American Dollars, but it was a good amount for a six year old; I bought gum, eurocream (nutella type spread), and smoki (peanut cheese puffs)! I was a happy kid with my favorite treats! Losing my tooth, on the other hand, was not as exciting.

Several quince fruit 

The beginning of Fall always meant that we were going to go far far away (a 30 minute drive seemed forever back then) to pick berries, peppers, apples and other fruits and vegetables. This meant an opportunity for my sister and I to run around the green fields, smell the flowers, pick the fruits and eat them. Great times… until you sink your teeth into an “apple” and lose a tooth!

WHAT IS QUINCE

It was round, gold in color, with a green leaf – I really thought it was an apple! I went for that bite as if I hadn’t eaten in the last two days. All I wanted to do was to eat and enjoy this beautiful apple that I just ripped off the tree branch. Instead, there was this crazy child running around the green fields screaming that she was going to die – I saw blood, I spit out a tooth, so I thought my body was  falling apart because I ate the “forbidden” apple just like Eve. I later found out that, one, I was not dying, and two, that it wasn’t an apple – it was quince!

Now when I think back about that day I can’t stop laughing, but back then it was not funny. I thought the end had come – God was going to take me because I ate THE apple.

Close-up of a quince fruit 

Quince Jam

Quince Jam is a wonderful treat that you can spread on your whole wheat toast, your crepes, or even on a piece of manchego cheese – YUM!

Quince Jam can also be served as a savory garnish with lamb or pork.

I now have a quince tree in my backyard. Can you believe that I still have some quince left over from this past fall? This is my third batch of Jam this season and I have enough to make one more.

HOW TO STERILIZE CANNING JARS IN THE OVEN

  1. Preheat oven to 225F.
  2. Place the jars on a rimmed baking sheet or a roasting pan.
  3. Place jars in the oven for 20 minutes. Turn off the heat in the oven, but leave the jars in there until you are ready to fill them up.

ENJOY!

Quince Jam

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WW Freestyle: 19
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
Servings: 10
Calories: 392
Author: Katerina | Diethood

Ingredients

  • 6 cups of quince (about 5 quince), rinsed, grated, leave peel on.
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 4 cups of sugar

Instructions 

  • Put the water in a 6-8 quarts saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Add the grated quince, lemon zest and lemon juice.
  • Allow the mixture to simmer until the quince is soft; this might take about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Stir in the sugar and bring to a boil again.
  • Lower the heat to medium high and cook the quince for about an hour, stirring occasionally. You are looking for a thicker consistency and a pink quince jam.
  • Spoon the hot mixture into sterilized canning jars and seal.
Nutrition Facts
Quince Jam
Amount Per Serving
Calories 392 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 11mg0%
Potassium 286mg8%
Carbohydrates 102g34%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 80g89%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 57IU1%
Vitamin C 24mg29%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Toast, quince jam, and sliced cheese on a serving plate
Grated quince fruit Top view of a liquid measuring cup with lemon juice and lemon zest on the side Grated quince, lemon juice, sugar in a cooking pot A scoop of quince jam on a serving plate A slice of toast with quince jam and sliced cheese on a cutting board 

57 Responses
  1. Maria Wallin

    I’m going to attempt this tomorrow, looks and sounds divine! My question is how long the shelf life is at room temperature ? Assuming I manage to sterilize properly. Can’t wait to try this!

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi!
      Jam can keep up to 30 days unrefrigerated, as long as it’s not opened. Once you open it, keep it in the fridge for up to 1 month.

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      The way I do it is, I take empty jars and put them right side up on the rack in a boiling-water canner. Fill the canner and jars with water to about 1 to 2 inches above the tops of the jars and boil for 10 minutes.
      However, most of the times, I just sterilize the jars in the oven; preheat oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the jars in a rimmed baking sheet or even a roasting pan, and pop them in the oven for at least 20 minutes. At that point, you can turn off the heat, but leave the jars in there until you are ready to fill them up.

  2. Mechthild

    I read that in Pennsylvania Dutch country, one of the traditional accompaniments to fasnachts (traditionally eaten on Shrove Tuesday) was Quince Jam, although the usual accompaniment is table syrup. I looked high and low for a commercial jar of Quince Jam but to no avail. Next year I will make my own. Thanks for the help.

  3. Becky @ random musings of a deco lady

    I was the lucky winner of your quince jam. It has arrived and it is beautiful! I am going to open a jar in the morning and have some on my toast. Thank you so very much!

    Becky

  4. Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet}

    I absolutely LOVE making jam. Have not ventured to quince yet – you have inspired me! Have a great weekend!!

  5. Mateja

    Eurokrem, smoki i dunja! Wow, am I really that old? It was ages ago that I enjoyed my childhood flavors! I love quince jam. My granny used to make it every year. The recipe though was slightly different for she used green tomatoes with quince to make marmalade. It was super delicious!!! Thank you for the memory buzz Kate ^_^

  6. Jenne @ Sweet Potato Soul

    You know what? I’ve never had quince! I want to try this so badly!

    Thanks for the comment. Walnuts do add a lovely buttery texture to the macaroons. Girl, I accidently deleted the comment after I read it (I’m using my iPod). Feel free to repost if you want. : )

  7. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective

    I have a quince tree growing to the corner of my front yard. Sadly I’ve yet to make good use of them. Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. TheNewHealthy

    I’ve never had quince jam, but it sound delish!!

    P.S. Happy Belated Birthday!!! I know I’m really late. But better late than never, right?! πŸ™‚

  9. zerrin

    Quince is such a great fruit that we can use it both in sweet and savory dishes. Your jam looks amazing. Would love to spread it on bread and have it with some cheese on the top.

  10. Tiffany Rosenberger

    I love that you are using fruit from your own backyard. How awesome is that! It looks amazing. Making your own jams/preserves is such a great process.

  11. Kristen

    That was a very cute story. I envy you having a quince tree in your yard. I had to search through 3 grocery stores to find any in my town. Combined with apples (real apples, that is ;-), they make the best pies. I love the tart flavor.

  12. Quay Po Cooks

    I have never taste quince before. Never seen a quince tree either. I googled and saw the picture, the quince flowers are so lovely. Your jam looks very delicious. Now I will be more observant when I go shopping at the supermarket and look out if they sell any quince jam.

  13. Jackie (Phamfatale.com)

    I like to pair quince with a large platter of cheeses, too. You should try making quince chutney; it oh so good as well.

  14. Mary

    I do a lot of canning and freezing, but I’ve never made quince jam. Yours sounds delicious and next season it will make it from your kitchen to mine. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  15. Stephanie

    Would that I could have a quince tree in my back yard! I have been dying to try and make quince jam! I got only one in our CSA last season and have since missed the opportunityto find one. Do you think it is too late?

    1. Kate @ Diethood.com

      Too late to plant a Quince Tree? I don’t think it’s ever too late … it takes a while for it to start giving, but once it does, it doesn’t stop…very giving tree :).

  16. Scarletta @ Scarletta Bakes

    I absolutely love your jam – making preserves is highly underrated in my humble opinion.

    Congrats on the Top 9!!

      1. Sandra

        Yes you did:)) I love them…and every time somebody said “dunja” it reminds me of Balasevic song(svirajte mi jesen stize dunjo moja):)))

  17. Rich

    Haha – that’s a fantastic story! The jam seems like a much safer way to eat quince when you’ve got a loose tooth … and it looks delicious!

    1. Kate @ Diethood.com

      πŸ™‚ I wish I had known it wasn’t an apple and that it was a very hard fruit … I was very surprised, to say the least.

  18. Gunnar

    What a story! Great! πŸ™‚
    I myself lost one of my first teeth in a grey pear in my grandmothers backyard… πŸ˜‰

    Quince jam is a great companion to any kind of cheese. I love it with blue cheese!
    My good friend BjΓΆrn Spak used a quince jelly as companion to a spectacular dessert with roquefort icecream, apple sorbet and candied walnuts at our audition for Swedish Masterchef and he was (VERY rightfully so) accepted. Sounds a bit strange with roquefort icecream perhaps – but it’s oh so good with that quince jelly. I’ll see if I can get the recipe for you if you want. I know I do! πŸ™‚

    Thanks for a nice story and a good recipe!

  19. C1tr4

    Good looking and nice jam. It’s still season indeed here also. Last Sunday I just bought 2 kg of quinche, thx for sharing the idea ^_^

  20. something_good

    Nice looking quince jam. My mom used to make both jam and marmalade every autumn. I like quinces in jam and sauces for steaks (they go so well with turkey, for example). We add some spices when we make quinces jam (allspice and nutmeg).

  21. Chef Gerald@bistrogerard

    The quince jam looks divine – and it has brought back a lot of childhood memories for me as well πŸ™‚ They’re not about losing teeth though, but about my grandmother who used to make delicious quince jam every year πŸ™‚

  22. Mina @ Angellove's Cooking

    I love that kind of Quince Jam and yours looks just PERFECT!!! When I was a kid, my dad was making such at home and I’d been recently thinking to make some myself πŸ™‚

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