Then the CSA person mentioned something about, “or you can just stick it in whiskey in a jar and let it seep.” With the magic word whiskey, that quince started to look a little friendlier. I took all 3 pounds, picked up some jars, and grabbed a bottle of bourbon.
I got a bottle of Four Roses, the standard one with the yellow cap. At $22, it’s a good bourbon that I often use in baking. But turns out quince goes a long way in little pieces and the jars I picked up were filled with only 4 quince. I had 3 more to go. So I went to my cupboard stash and pulled out one of my W.L. Wellers. I know I said I would stop using W.L. Weller in recipes because it is so annoyingly hard to find and I like it so much. But because of both of those reasons, it happened to be the only bourbon I had. I had been hoarding the three bottles I picked up last time I found it at a store.
I cut the quince into little pieces, put them in the jars, covered them with bourbon, and they are now resting peacefully at the back of a cupboard. In about 5 weeks, I’ll taste the results, and if I like them, I will give them as holiday gifts. And if I really like them, I will drink them and give people cards instead.