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Medlar Jelly (or jam)
Wed 27-Oct-10
8:29 pm
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Heather E
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I have the offer of some medlars and would like to try making some medlar jelly, or jam.  I haven't found a recipe here yet, can anyone track one down?  Has anyone tried making medlar jelly?  What is it like - anything like quince (which I find all sweetness and no real flavour)?  Is it worth making?  All comments welcome.chef

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Wed 27-Oct-10
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Hello Heather wave

I have a couple of recipes,the book recommends you let them get REALLY ripe even before using for jam/jelly.It does sound a bit of a faff making the stuff, as the pulp has to be scraped out, but,

Jam-

4lb very ripe medlars

Sugar

Vanilla pod.

Cut open the Medlars, scrape out all the pulp ( the fruit needs to be RIPE).Cook gently until very soft adding water to prevent sticking/burning.When really soft put through a seive and weigh the resulting fine pulp. Add 12oz sugar for each 1lb pulp.Put over gentle heat and stir in sugar until dissolved.Add vanilla pod,cook gently for 30 mins,stirring all teh time.Remove vanilla and pot up.

Jelly

Peel 2 lb  RIPE medlars, remove pips ( again a bit of a faff)

Slice the flesh

Put in a pan with enough water to cover the fruit. Cook gently with a sliced up lemon until soft.Strain through jelly bag.12oz sugar to 1 pint juice,heat adn dissolve sugar,boil for at least 10 mins.Pot up.

 

Good with game and meat apparently.Have fun!

 

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Thu 28-Oct-10
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Hugh Furry-Wotsit has a jelly recipe and a chutney recipe to use the pulp from the jelly on the C4 site.

Everything I've read says they need to be 'bletted' = half rotten = 'ripe' to be eaten straight, not so sure on the preserve front but it sounds likely from what Kate has found.

Some good info on 'bletting' and poetic musings here.  More down to earth info and some recipes including a fudge recipe (!) here.  If you make the fudge do let us know.  i_am_hungry big_laugh  Good luck, I'd be interested to hear about / see your results. chef

Thu 28-Oct-10
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What a wonderful site Anna Tambour's is, thanks for the link Ruth.  

I'll try that again!

Thu 28-Oct-10
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Oh dear!  Looks as if jamming might be a long, messy job.  However, I have the incentive of 'freebies' to spur me on.   If they are still on the tree next week when I visit the farm, I'll give it a good shake and see if any drop off.  I'm told another forager has her eye on them, so it will be a case of who gets to them first.  I'm a bit concerned to hear from Anna Tambour (yes, TA, a brilliant site.  Thanks, Ruth) that each one ripens up in its own good time.  Do you think I'll be lucky to get enough of them ripening together?  If I go ahead with it, I'll let you all know how I get on. 

Thanks for the recipe,Kate.  I'm picking up recipes fast and furiously now .... so many recipes to try, so little time!roll_eyes  Thank you all for your input - I knew I could rely on some excellent feedback.welldone

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Thu 28-Oct-10
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We shall want progress reports and pictures too, you know...wink

I'll try that again!

Thu 28-Oct-10
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Heather E said:

 Do you think I'll be lucky to get enough of them ripening together?  If I go ahead with it, I'll let you all know how I get on. 


 

Can you not put the really ripe ones in the freezer until the other ones are ripe enough?cheers

Fri 29-Oct-10
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I'm thinking of doing that, Joanna.  The freezer should also help with the 'bletting' process, hopefully.  I just hope that they don't turn into something nasty and whiffy as they lurk in their igloo.

TA " photos are difficult as I don't possess a camera.  Though since joining this site I'm beginning to be tempted, and just this afternoon I was Googling for good-buy digicameras.  They are a bit expensive for me just now " I've had one of those days : spent £700+ without leaving the house " just gone on catching up with bills etc.  RAC, Credit Card, Gas/Electricity and Water Rates all on the same day " Aaaaaargh!

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Sat 30-Oct-10
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£700?  eeek  Don't you pay your bills by direct debit?  You usually get a discount if you do so and it means that you can budget more easily, knowing how much your monthly outgoings are.  At least that's how I manage.

I'll try that again!

Sat 30-Oct-10
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me too!  In france we cant usually pay council tax etc by direct debit in the first year; so last year was awful!  However the moment we could we changed to dd; it helps budget enormously!

Sat 30-Oct-10
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Wow reminds me why we don't live in the UK. Our council tax nearly broke the budget again this year as somehow we hadn't paid all of last years, not sure how that happened but it came to I think about errrr let me see around possibly 6 LVLs ish, which is about £7.50 and the land was something like 23 LVLs or £29 for 33 acres or 12.5 hawhistle

Sat 30-Oct-10
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wave  Oh that's just awful Joanna - what a bummer to have to pay so much!!!!!!    big_laugh   big_laugh

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Sun 31-Oct-10
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I know, that along with the house management fees at 7.21LVLS and 5.25LVLS for the two apartments per month, I mean it really stretches the budget " whoops looks like we have gone a little off topic embarassedrunaway

Mon 1-Nov-10
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Yes, I do pay most utility and household bills by DD.  The RAC was a new one, and the biggie was the water rates that are six-monthly - just happened to be on the same day this month.  Must investigate going onto a water meter.ponder

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Can you not pay both of those on DD?  My water bill is paid monthly. 

I'll try that again!

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