Freezing quinces - this is how you extend the shelf life of the fruit

Freezing quinces - this is how you extend the shelf life of the fruit

Freezing quinces - step-by-step instructions

To make quinces fit for the freezer, you need to prepare them a little. Our guide leads you step by step to your goal. The effort is relatively high; on the other hand, the fruits have a very long shelf life - about a whole year.

  1. Peel the quinces. Use a solid peeler or a sturdy paring knife for this purpose. Alternatively, you can use a coarse cloth to rub the peel off. However, this variant is quite tedious.
  2. In the second and at the same time most difficult step, you remove the seeds from the fruit. Quinces are very hard and accordingly defend themselves with all their might to release their core. To make the work as easy as possible, you should first quarter the fruit with a sharp knife and then carefully cut out the core using the same tool from the base of the stem. The process is similar to what you would use to cut an apple.
  3. Now cut off the flower base of all the quinces.
  4. Next, you should blanch your quinces. Bring water to a boil in a saucepan. Then add the fruit and turn the heat down so that the water just simmered. Let the quinces stand for about three minutes.
  5. Take the fruits out of the hot water and put them in a colander with cold water.
  6. Carefully dry the peeled, pitted and blanched quinces. A simple kitchen towel is sufficient for this. Make sure, however, that the fruits are really completely dry. When wet or damp, they have no place in the freezer - they would only become bad and therefore inedible.
  7. Put the prepared quinces in freezer bags or in boxes (boxes) that are suitable for your freezer. There are two points to consider: First, you should not overfill the containers, but portion them; every fruit needs a little leeway in order to literally unfold. On the other hand, it is important that you pull the excess air out of the freezer bags - either with your mouth or (more simply) with a vacuum sealer.
  8. Label the freezer bags or cans with the date. So you always have control over shelf life. Because unfortunately the fruits cannot be kept forever in the freezer.
  9. Now put the containers in the freezer.

also read

  • Practical tips on when to harvest the versatile quince
  • A real treat: simply dry the quince yourself
  • Storing quinces made easy: you should pay attention to this


Portioning the fruit has the advantage that you only have to get one or two containers out of the freezer and you can leave the others untouched. So you are very flexible when it comes to eating the quince.

Thaw quinces - this is how it works

Get your quinces out of the freezer and place them in a large (and tall) bowl at room temperature.

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