Ornamental Japanese quince

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Maxine Groobey

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Ornamental Japanese quince
« on: July 02, 2010, 14:03 »
Does anyone know if the fruits from the Japanese ornamental quince can be used in place of apples for additional pectin in jam making?

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Re: Ornamental Japanese quince
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2010, 14:15 »
They actually contain more pectin than apples and true quinces and can be used for both jams and marmalades.
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Re: Ornamental Japanese quince
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2010, 18:14 »
never had a quince in my life but I planted one in my front garden recently and it's producing fruit. Wahay  :D

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Re: Ornamental Japanese quince
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2010, 19:34 »
Thanks for that info, I look forward to them ripening as my bush is v large and usually I just leave the fruit to rot, so might have a go at making my own pectin juice :) btw how long will home made pectin juice keep?

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Re: Ornamental Japanese quince
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2010, 20:14 »
Only for a couple of days in the fridge. You can freeze it but it reduces the pectin to some extent. Alternatively bottle it for storage - take a sterilized kilner jar and put into a pot of boiling water with a trivet underneath (or the heat will crack the jar). Pour the stock into the jar and boil for 5 minutes before sealing airtight. I've not tried this but I can't see why you couldn't just freeze the quince and then bring them out when you're ready to make some more pectin stock (you'll probably have to allow an extra 10% quince to stock to make up for the loss of pectin in freezing).

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Re: Ornamental Japanese quince
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2010, 23:43 »
Thanks Val, loving the books from you and John, even got my sister hooked :)



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