Jelly, Butter Or Both?

As I continue on with the condiments series, I thought to myself that a good one to add would be a fruit butter. Yum. And what a great excuse to use my steam juicer again. I’ll end up with perfectly steamed fruit and the juice nicely separated from it, ready to be turned into jelly. So let’s go!

I had a pile of apples and quince on hand and that sounded like a winning combo. The quince tree that we discovered a while back produced quite well for being neglected. I used about 20 small apples (various) and saved the rest for apple cider, then I cut up only 10 quince since they were so much larger. The remaining quince will be turned into a liquid pectin for freezing.

Because the steam pan* that holds the fruit is good and deep, you can actually double this amount without any trouble. Quarter the fruit and add it to the pot. Steam for 90 minutes.

For this recipe I added equal amounts of fruit juice and sugar (in cups). I would normally add a bit less sugar, but the quince wasn’t particularly sweet and seemed to need it. Add a 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice for each cup of fruit.

Bring to a boil until it sets.

But be careful… this stuff wants to foam up bigtime! Stir often and be ready to adjust the temperature lower if needed.

Process in a water bath for 20 minutes. (Check out that color! Wow!)

Crazy good. I have never cooked with quince before this day and I’ll never stop after this. I can’t even describe the flavor… reminds me of honey..? Now I’m eager to make a simple quince jam or butter. Next year, just wait and see.

Apple-Quince Jelly

5 1/2 cups apple and quince juice
5 1/2 cups sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice

See the main canning page for details on how to can this recipe.

Now the butter. The delicious butter. I started out with butter in mind and ended up doing the jelly first. Figures. I’ve added that recipe to a separate page. But first, prepare your fruit:

After the solids cool (or let it sit in the fridge overnight) remove the peel and any remaining core. Go to this page to see the recipe in full and be prepared to immediately want to toast something to spread this on and eat it! 🙂

*Info: Check out this great video I found on how to use the steam juicer…