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Nick

Storing Quince

I've a lot of big yellow hairy quinces on a tree. I need some to cook with for New Year. I'm leaving some on the tree, but this depends on the Weather Gods being friendly.

We store apples, in a drafty shed, or similar, wrapped in newspaper in wooden crates, don't we? Reckon this would work with quinces? They're like cannonballs anyway, but I'd like to hang on to them for a couple of months.

Other storage suggestions, please?

(And does anyone want any? Come get them...)
Green Rosie

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tahir

I'll have a few
Nick

I'll have a few


Monday is Quince day. Can you cope if they're just off the tree, and not yet fully ripe?

How many is A Few? I guess they're 500g each.

I can bring them to you at work, as I am passing earlier in the day.
tahir

5 or 6 would be fine. Are you going from Whitechapel to kings cross or do you have a meeting in between. Need to sort out where we're eating...
Nick

5 or 6 would be fine. Are you going from Whitechapel to kings cross or do you have a meeting in between. Need to sort out where we're eating...


Waiting for some replies but I'm in Hammersmith and Whitechapel at some point. Stupidly I'll have the car. Soon as I know you'll know.
Mistress Rose

I don't think they will keep too long fresh either. I always process mine as soon as I can. Have already made quince jelly and brandy, and am waiting for the last ones to come down to make quince wine. Think your best bet is to make whatever it is you want for New Year and freeze it. Shan

I don't suppose you are venturing into... dare I say it......Wales.... Smile Nick

Maybe. Send me your postcode and I'll see if I can work it into my plans.

Yes yes yes. I know I've been before but there's lots of women in Wales I've visited. I can't remember all of them individually.
Jamanda

I'd like some. My quince pusher has dried up. I don't suppose your venturing towards the SW at all? Nick

I'd like some. My quince pusher has dried up. I don't suppose your venturing towards the SW at all?

Bound to be. Exeter is now a routine stomping ground.
Shan

Maybe. Send me your postcode and I'll see if I can work it into my plans.

Yes yes yes. I know I've been before but there's lots of women in Wales I've visited. I can't remember all of them individually.

I feel so cheap!!! Laughing
gardening-girl

Is quince wine good? We have far too many quince. Pilsbury

If your I the area or if Tahir doesn't mind a diversion on his way home I could always try quince fruit scrolls, I saw them on the trees at cressing temple many years ago but couldn't pinch any.. tahir

I think you'd have to cook them before you made scrolls, but yeah I could pop some over, still got loads of apples too. Pilsbury

All good for me, I'm still looking for fruit to scroll yummersetter

I cook them in slices then freeze them. I had a delicious cooked quince slice, fennel, pecan and red onion salad today at Heligan. Lovely imaginative food there. Nick

Maybe. Send me your postcode and I'll see if I can work it into my plans.

Yes yes yes. I know I've been before but there's lots of women in Wales I've visited. I can't remember all of them individually.

I feel so cheap!!! Laughing

Well. Yes.

Ps. Thanks for the pm. Wink
Mistress Rose

Not heard of fruit scrolls. Any chance of a picture or link. And yes, quince wine is good. Nick

Not heard of fruit scrolls. Any chance of a picture or link. And yes, quince wine is good.

Broadly, think of fruit, pulped and laid on a sheet in a thin layer to dry til it's just about tacky. Slice into strips, and roll up. All the fibre, all the sugar, all the flavour, most of the vitamins but 90% of the water gone. Handy in lunch boxes or when out and about. Not as fresh as fruit but not as heavy. And you can mix fruits.

I'm sure Pils can provide accurate stuff, but that's broadly there.
Slim

Not heard of fruit scrolls. Any chance of a picture or link. And yes, quince wine is good.

Broadly, think of fruit, pulped and laid on a sheet in a thin layer to dry til it's just about tacky. Slice into strips, and roll up. All the fibre, all the sugar, all the flavour, most of the vitamins but 90% of the water gone. Handy in lunch boxes or when out and about. Not as fresh as fruit but not as heavy. And you can mix fruits.

I'm sure Pils can provide accurate stuff, but that's broadly there.

What Americans call fruit leathers?

I just googled to make sure that I'm not the only one that says that, found this: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_make_fruit_leather/

Looks simple. Hopefully I start getting swamped with fruit in the next few years....

Would any of you that have made it before comment on cooking vs not cooking before drying?
Pilsbury

Pretty much as Nick said, better knkw as fruit leathers but we don't like that name Much, fits in with our jerky and mushroom munchie making.
100g of fruit becomes thin, small and lasts for years.
If you want to try a few pm me your address and I will get some of this year's flavours in the post, same goes for anyone who would like to try them.
Pilsbury

Most of them end up a brownish colour unless you add colours but some of the bright berries stay red and purple.
Soft fruits can be blended as they are but the harder ones need softening by gentle stewing, we add Apple to most of ours because it gives a good texture, some of the berries dry like sheets of glass with out it and just shatter rather than folding.
They are easy but getting the cnsistancy of the pulp is the trick, to thin and it will be non existent when the water is dried off and to thick and it will take forever to dry and you risk soggy centers.
Once you have itvtjoigb it's a good way to store it.
The sheets can be eaten as they are, shreded up and mixed into cakes or porridge or dissolved in water for a sauce.
Loads of things
Mistress Rose

Thanks. I have heard of fruit leathers, but not fruit scrolls. Yes, it is a rather nicer name, but in some ways less descriptive. Not a thing I have ever tried, but things like quince you would need to cook them as they would be far too hard to mash otherwise. I did try making quince marmalade (apparently the original marmalade) one by grating the quince raw in a food processor. It took me ages to get the bowl clean as the quince was very 'grainy' and left a fine deposit all over the inside even after washing in the dish washer.
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