Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Cranberry Quince Preserves






I don't know about you guys but come Thanksgiving Day I am all about the sides. I usually skip the turkey all together, opting to pile my plate high with stuffing, potatoes and veggies while making sure to save lots of room for pie and ice cream. Cranberry sauce tends to be an overlooked and generally unliked part of turkey day dinner, but for me, no holiday spread is complete without a big bowl of the vibrant red stuff. This year I can't wait to crack open a jar of this sweet, spicy, tart preserve and slather it on some parker house rolls and I am going to send my family in Seattle a jar so they can do the same. What is your favorite part of Thanksgiving?

Cranberry Quince Preserves
yield, about 4 pints

3/4lb fresh or frozen cranberries
1 1/2lbs peeled, cored, and diced quince (1/2'' sized pieces)
4c sugar
3c water (ed 11/12)
2 oz peeled and grated fresh ginger, about a 3'' long piece, less if you would prefer a less spicy preserve
Zest and juice of one lemon
Zest and juice of one orange
cleaned and sterilized jars and lids

1. In a large pot over medium high heat dissolve the sugar into the water, then add the chopped quince, grated ginger, lemon zest and juice, and the orange zest and juice. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the quince is soft. About 15 min.
2. When the quince has softened, add in the cranberries and stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook until the cranberries have popped and the mixture has thickened slightly, about 15-20min.
3. Ladle the hot preserves into prepared jars, wipe the rims with a clean towel and process in a hot water bath for 10min.

10 comments:

  1. OH NO YOU DIDN'T! cranberry sauce is my total flava fav. i always hog the whole bowl for myself on turkey day (not very nice, i know). must. try. this.

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  2. Yes! I feel like I am the only one who ever eats the cranberries! I always offer to take home the leftovers too...

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  3. A perfect side for celebrating Thanksgiving! Quince and cranberries are a compelling combination to do a wee bit more canning before holiday mania overtakes our kitchens with sweets.

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  4. Ooh, cranberries and quince! That sounds delicious. You know... I've never thought to actually SKIP the turkey. I always feel obligated to add a couple slabs to my plate, but not because I actually want to. Haha.

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  5. these are all my favorite things in one pot! just made it and it turned out wonderfully. i found the 4c water to be too much so it took much longer to cook it all down to a good setting point (@40mins). but the end result was fab! thanks for another wonderful recipe!

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  6. Heather - I'm so glad you tried it and thanks for the tip about the water.

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  7. Wow, quince sounds like the PERFECT pair with cranberries. They're often a bit too tart for me, but I never like to go too crazy with the sugar in sauces, preserves, etc. The floral, honey-like quality of quince sounds divine with cranberry.

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  8. I just saw quince in the Whole Foods in NY- they sure are funny little knobbly fellows! I'm so glad I now know two things to make with them, thank you!

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  9. I was just asking about quince and I would really like to find some. This sounds like a great recipe. Thanks!

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  10. I'm so excited to eat this! Thanks again for the jar! Happy turkey day!

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