Last time I went up to mum & dads the kids were put to work picking plums, all very well and good except they insisted on bringing all the plums they’d picked, home with them. This meant I had 7kgs of plums to deal with this week. 7kgs is quite a lot of plums I discovered. Not as many as the 80kgs Veggiegobbler had, but it did seem a lot nonetheless. If I’d been smart I’d have learnt something from her experiences but instead they sat on the bench stressing me out for a week or so. Just as an aside, committed as I am to making use of all the produce that comes my way I also find it quite stressful when presented with a glut (of something other than tomatoes – those I can cope with). For this very reason I steer well clear of growing zucchini. The stress of having to use all that zucchini would probably do me in, either that or I’d feel endlessly guilty about how much ended up on the compost heap….. Anyway back to the plums, I eventually found a couple of recipes which sounded interesting; I duly made plum squares which were essentially biscuit topped with plum but they turned out way too wet and I would need to play around with the recipe a lot before I could think of posting it. Wet or not, I did of course manage to eat them all.
I then went on to make Plum Vodka which essentially involves steeping plums in vodka with lots of sugar added for good measure. I have no idea how it will turn out as it takes 6 weeks to develop but I am hopeful of both a fun drink and some boozy plums to play with at the end.
The kids ate their way through a kg or 2 which left about 4kg left to play with. Naturally I made jam, plum paste and still had some plum liquid over which I’m hoping will become fruit leather when the weather cools a bit and I feel like having the oven on for a long period of time.
Here is my jam:
I like my Plum Jam without big lumps of skin so I tend to puree my mixture. Here is my method for making it.
Remove the pips from plums. Put the plums in a large saucepan or jam pan. Add a tablespoon of lemon juice per kg of plums. Bring to the boil (add a splash of water if the plums aren’t juicy but I find theres usually enough liquid in them not to need to add more) Simmer until the plums are cooked and the mixture reduces and thickens a bit. Puree. Measure the liquid. Add a cup of sugar for each cup of plum liquid. Bring back to the boil and simmer until the jam reaches setting point. Pour jam into sterilised jars, seal and store.
To see what others are eating or preserving this week head over to the Gardener of Eden.