Cajeta de Membrillo

and Membrillo Beverage

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Cajeta de Membrillo has been among my favorite holiday treats for as long as I can remember. This year I experimented with the cascara and cores to craft a delicious beverage. Next year I think I'll experiment with the microwave to make the cajeta.


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Click an image above to start the process. A few words about Quince: delicious but nearly inedible in raw state. Even ripe membrillo are hard, dry, and almost bitter. On the other hand, cooked with sugar, membrillo becomes a beautiful sauce, candy, paste, and beverage. When it's applepicking time in your area, it's membrillo time, too. Quince is a specialty fruit that a good market will order for you. Markets with Mexican clientele regularly have bins of membrillo de buen precio. Make sure to get the compadre discount.