Tuesday, 30 September 2008

The frustrating incident of the quince jelly in the night-time

Ok, so I accept that 10.00pm is not the best time to be manipulating a pan full of quince + juice and a stand with a jelly bag. Let's just cut to the chase and admit that about a third of the juice ended up all over the floor and up the walls....

After that interlude, I decided to just 'make the damn stuff'. Of course, I could not find the sugar, the ring on the cooker was too small to bring the pan up to the boil and so it went on. Finally, at 11.00pm I decided enough was enough. If the now-boiling mixture didn't pass the
wrinkle test I didn't care, and surely there must be something to be done with about 3 litres of quince syrup????

I was a bit apprehensive this morning, but as you can see I have some jars full of glowing loveliness :0)

Admittedly, it would not win a
WI prize, due to the slight cloudiness. This was caused by the squeezing that I had to do last night to rescue as much of the juice as I could. Had everything gone to plan ( and YES!!! if I waited for Number Guy, who offered to help) the juice would have been strained gently with no squeezing and hence no cloudiness. But it isn't going to be judged by the WI, so I don't care!


  1. Cloudiness? Umm... not that I can see!

    Sorry that it's frustrating - but, hey, you paid next to nothing for it, right? ;)

  2. Delicious! I wish i was there with a piece of toast.

  3. Hehehe! Oh, I know that impatience, THATs me that is (just ask my DH)
    Quince Jelly looks marvellous, bet it tastes just as good as any WI entry.

  4. Heh. The Jealous Incident of the Jelly Not in My House is pretty much my story, at the moment.

    Although I have to say I'd never heard of WI... and when I looked at their website, I'm still not sure what it is. Girl Guides for grown-ups?

  5. What you need now is a handsome pile of Scottish oatcakes! That would make a lovely picture into a perfect picture. x K

  6. It looks lovely! We made Quince Jamalade last year (a mix of jam and marmalade cos it had peel in it too) and I have to say it is gorgeous, makes a lovely alternative to the regular toast accompaniments!