Sunday, November 8, 2015

Colonial Cooking for Those Feeling 'Quince-y'

There are only a few days left to register for a workshop to learn how to cook with a fruit you may never be able to find in a supermarket.

On Saturday, Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. historic Pottsgrove Manor will host an open-hearth cooking workshop, “Cooking Up Quince,” taught by Deborah Peterson.

Tuesday is the deadline to sign up for the workshop, which costs $40 and is open to to adults and children ages 12 and older. Class size is limited to 10.

The quince, a fruit related to apples and pears, was very popular in the 18th century, though it is uncommon today. 

The class will learn to prepare quince jelly and pudding and preserve the fruit using historic “receipts” (recipes). 

Participants will get to eat what they make and will receive handouts with the recipes to take home. 

The workshop instructor, foodways historian Deborah Peterson, has more than thirty years of experience researching, demonstrating, and teaching colonial domestic arts.

Registration forms are available at the museum, and a printable registration form can be downloaded at

Registration and payment is required by Nov. 10. Cancellations given before Nov. 10 will receive a full refund. Cancellations given after Nov. 10 will not be refunded. 

Participants should wear comfortable, natural-fiber clothing and closed-toe shoes that they can stand in for long periods of time. Those with long hair should wear it tied back securely. Bring along an apron and a water bottle.

Pottsgrove Manor is located at 100 West King St. near the intersection of King Street and Route 100, just off Route 422. Pottsgrove Manor is operated by Montgomery County under the direction of the Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites Division of the Assets and Infrastructure Department. 

For more information, call 610-326-4014, or visit the website at

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