Cutting preserves are membrillo style purees that maintain their structure when you scoop it out of the jar. Rarely seen in the US, these types of preserves will add a distinct and different dynamic to your cheese plate. They tend to be relatively low in moisture and target one pure flavor of fruit. Quince is a relatively unknown fruit that some suggest was the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. It is a pome fruit that shares a family with apples and pears. This preserve has a wonderful pure quince flavor that is not creamy, a little tart, and has some grittiness similar to pear.
Cutting preserves are ‘membrillo’ style highly concentrated fruit purees, but softer, for easy spreading – perfect for cheese & charcuterie pairing. Known as ‘fruit cheese’ in Europe, this classic recipe was originally used to take cheese & charcuterie pairing. Known as ‘fruit cheese’ in Europe, this classic recipe was originally used to take advantage of fallen orchard fruit. Great starters for glazes, vinaigrettes, & sauces. Quince– made with Havran quince from Guemes Island, this preserve exemplifies the ancient tradition of long-steeping quince. Like a classic membrillo, but a tad softer for easy spreading, it’s excellent with aged manchego or any sheep’s milk cheese, cheddar, & parmigiano reggiano. Beautiful as a meat glaze. Don’t forget the serrano ham!
About the Producer:
Based on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands of Washington State, Girl meets Dirt specialize in single-varietal preserves made from heritage rainshadow orchard fruit. Grown by small family farmers & homesteaders – many varietals come from trees that have been producing for over 100 years, on the remaining tracts of a once thriving orchard industry. Inspired by this legacy and partnering to revive it, they make the highest quality, locally sourced, organic fruit preserves nature and careful craft can provide. Made in an old-school style that emphasizes structure and pure, ripe, naturally grown fruit -- we classically prepare them by hand in copper pots, with organic unrefined cane sugar, a squeeze of organic lemon, and fresh herbs from our kitchen garden. They don’t use commercial pectin and rely on time, evaporation, and concentration for set; for us, it’s all about the fruit and drawing out its full potential. They think this fruit is really special; they hope their preserves help tell their story. Their line of cutting preserves and spoon preserves are tailor-made for sweet, and savory pairing, as well as cooking – they’re the perfect pantry staple. A natural accompaniment for cheese, our preserves upgrade a cheese platter to sublime. They bring a sense of gravitas to any meal– an appreciation for tradition: for the bounty the land can provide, and the simple human ingenuity that inspired us long ago, to preserve it.