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(Preserved Fruit) - (The International Jewish Cook Book)

The quince that comes first into the market is likely to be wormy and
corky, and harder to cook than the better ones. It requires a good deal
of skill to cook quince preserves just right. If you cook them too much
they are red instead of a beautiful salmon shade, and they become
shriveled, dry and tart, even in the sweetest syrup, instead of full and
mealy, and sweet.
Weigh a pound of sugar for each pound of fruit. Wipe each quince
carefully with a coarse linen towel. Peel, quarter and core the quinces.
Put peels and cores in the preserving kettle with just water enough to
cover them, and let them simmer with the kettle covered for two hours.
Then strain the liquor through a fine sieve and return it to the kettle.
Cut the quartered quinces in small pieces and put as many of them in the
kettle as the liquor will cover. Let them boil gently, with the kettle
uncovered, until so tender they may be easily pierced with a broom
splint. Take them out with a skimmer and lay on flat dishes to cool.
Repeat this process until all the fruit is properly cooked; then put the
sugar in the liquor and let it boil gently to a thick syrup; put in as
many of the cooked quinces as the syrup will cover and let them cook in
the syrup for twenty minutes; skim them out and lay on flat dishes to
cool. Repeat this process until all the quinces are cooked in the syrup.
When they are cool put the quinces in glass jars, filling each one half
full. Let the syrup boil until very thick, stirring it frequently and
skimming it clear. Then pour it through a fine strainer, while very hot,
over the fruit; and as soon as a jar is full, fasten on the cover. It is
tiresome work to preserve quinces, but the result pays for all the

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Wipe the wool off your peaches, (which should be free-stones and
not too ripe) and cut them in quarters, Crack the stones, and
break the kernels small.
Put the peaches and the kernels into a covered jar, set them in
boiling water, and let them boil till they are soft.
Strain them through a jelly-bag, till all the juice is squeezed
out. Allow a pound of loaf-sugar to a pint of juice. Put the sugar
and juice into a preserving kettle, and boil them twenty minutes,
skimming carefully.
Put the jelly warm into your glasses, and when cold, tie them up
with brandy paper.
Plum, and green-gage jelly may be made in the same manner, with
the kernels, which greatly improve the flavour.

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