Monday, June 27, 2016

Plum Jam

 
In just four short months, our plum tree has gone from this......
March 2016

to this thing of beauty....
March 2016

 to perfect greenness....
April 2016

 to bearing these big fat juicy plums...
June 2016

And, this is what you do with an over abundance of these golden delicious fruits...make plum jam.

I have to say this was a very easy recipe. It called for plums, sugar and a little water. One of the directions was to boil the fruit and sugar to the jelling point, about 220 degrees. But, I didn't have a thermometer, so I just guessed. The jam turned out not to be so much of a jam, but more like a thick sauce. Maybe my guessing at the temperature and boiling time was a flop, but I know for a fact it's delicious on an English muffin because that was breakfast, this morning.





32 comments:

  1. Hi Laurie, Don't you just love when things work out. :):) It all looks so tasty too. I loved the pictures of the tree as it grew from flowers to fruit. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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    1. Thanks, Susie! Can you imagine how excited I was about that tree when I discovered that it was a plum?

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  2. It's plum delicious, I expect! ;-)

    Jim Fowler, Greenville, SC

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    1. HaHa! Love the play on words and yes, it surely is delicious! I just wish it had the consistency of jam. But that's ok, I have more to play with.

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  3. I loved seeing the transformation of your tree.

    We had a plum tree at our first house and I loved making jam. Enjoy yours!

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    1. Thanks, Carol! Would you consider sharing your recipe?

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  4. Excellent!!
    I make freezer jam...no cooking...just stirring...
    I use any combo of fruit I have...even frozen...
    Never made plum jam...yours looks very delightful, indeed!
    Probably awesome over some ice cream.....yum....
    enjoy your week, Laurie!!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Linda, I would love to know your recipe. I have more plums that I need to do something with and your recipe sounds like something I would like to try.

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    2. Laurie....you buy a Certo package mix called freezer jam...
      You only need to chop up the fruit, add some sugar, and the freezer jam mix...
      Do you have Certo products in the US?
      I use my jar egg chopper to chop up the fruit!
      Let me know if you get the Certo!

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    3. Yes, we have Certo Sure-Jell. Thanks for your recipe. I'll let you know how it turns out.

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  5. I have always wanted to try and make some jelly or Jam. Yours looks delicious despite the consistency. Like Linda said, I bet it will make a great ice cream topping.
    Lisa

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! Yes, the recipe needs work. But I'm sure I'll figure something out. I bet it would be good over ice cream or how about a piping hot brownie? Oh Lord, now I want to make brownies.

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  6. Well, that sounds absolutely wonderful! And your jars look so pretty full of jam! Nice!

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    1. Thanks, Betsy! Didn't they turn out pretty? I'm thinking they would make great Christmas gifts....tucked inside a basket full of muffins or with a big pan of brownies.

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  7. Laurie, that jam looks Plum delicious! I'll bet it does taste great on an English muffin or French crepes or American flap jacks or any thing else you might put it on. Those plums are a gorgeous color and the jam is too!

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    1. HaHa! Thanks, Lynn. I like how you and Jim, above, made a play on words. I really do like that golden color.

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  8. Well, I prefer a loose no pectin preserve, so would probably love your golden plum jam. We have several very young plum trees. Oh I cannot wait to have a harvest like yours! It looks so beautiful and delicious!

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    1. Thank you, Marcie! Loose jam sure makes it easier to spread. Hope you get a nice harvest! I don't know how old our tree is...we inherited it when we bought the lake house. This is our 3rd year there. The first year would have been past harvest time. Last year, we had a few plums but not being there the whole summer left them vulnerable to the birds. I was on top of it this year.

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  9. I love making jam although I've never made plum jam. It looks so pretty! I had a similar loose jam with peaches. It tasted good and I used it as glaze for a ham...worked great and tasted even better! I bet you could do that with your jam. Your tree is beautiful and how fun to see it in stages!

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    1. Thanks, YaYa! I bet it would be great as a glaze for ham....maybe even turkey. Thoughts of Thanksgiving are now dancing in my head. I am certainly saving a jar for that.

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  10. Shall I send you my address so you can pop one of those yummy babies right in the mail to me? :)

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    1. Well, sure, why not? Maybe you can give me some tips on how to firm the jam up a little. I still have more plums to pick and can use some advice.

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    2. Oh, my! That looks plum wonderful! (I now see I copied a couple of other commenters. Sorry, it just came out so naturally.)

      We planted two plum trees (we love plums) here fifteen years ago and hubby has 'bout gone nuts trying to figure out why they bloom like crazy, start to develop about a million tiny plums . . . and then they all drop off. Every year. So frustrating.

      I used to can plum halves in a light syrup and then serve a small dish as a dessert. Also have a great recipe for a cobbler-like dessert with the canned plum halves on the bottom and a crust on top. More people should use plums! (Do I sound like I'm on the Plum Council of America?)

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    3. HaHa! I love the play on words.

      I wish I could give your hubby some advice on your plums, but you know me. I'm trying to figure this all out myself.

      You wanna share your cobbler-like dessert?

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  11. We like a more liquidy jam..:)
    And I make most of mine like you did..you can get a great instant read digital thermometer at Amazon..or do the freezer plate trick:) A touch of lemon helps..:)How fortunate you are..love plum trees..and pear trees..ok an apple etc..:)

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    1. I'm finding the liquidy jam is not so bad. Freezer plate trick? Do tell me how.

      Love fruit trees, also. Don't forget peaches...we have a peach tree that will be giving us tons in a couple of weeks. Oh, and I'm thinking of buying a Meyers Lemon tree.

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  12. Isn't it wonderful to see the goodness of nature ripen in front of you and then to enjoy its sweetness for breakfast! Well done, it looks great!

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    1. Thanks, Christine! It sure is!!!

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  13. The blossom isvery nice! Wish I could eat your golden delicious jam!!!

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    1. You would love it, Jedidja. It's so sweet and plummy!

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