Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Plum Jam or Plum Jelly

I haven't been posting a Tuesday recipe much lately because we are being so overwhelmed on Facebook with new recipes.  Most of them look good, but I don't need to add to the list unless I find something exceptional.

This is sort of a guest post.   The photos are my daughters.  She has two plum trees.  They are little trees but produce an unbelievable number of plums.  They are growing near their sidewalk, so even with people helping themselves, there are plenty to eat.  The funny part is that one tree ripens before the other.

These are the plums on one side of the driveway.  They are still green.

These on the other side of the driveway are ripe.

A bowl of freshly picked plums.

Plums cut in half and the seed has been removed.

Now is time to decide to make Plum Jelly or Plum Jam.  For the Plum Jelly they use a handy little gadget I bought them several years ago.  It is called a steamer/juicer.  Just google it or Amazon has it at this link.  You can read about it.  They use it for anything they want juiced or steamed.  They use it for tomatoes, pumpkins, squash, various berries, grapes and in this case plum juice.  Just put the fruit into the steamer pan, and the juice comes out the tube.  How easy is that?


 Plum Jelly

4 cups plum juice
1 box pectin
6 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup water

Stir the pectin into the juice and make sure it's dissolved.
Add the water and bring the juice and water to a boil,  add sugar and boil an additional minute, place in jars...

My son in law actually makes the jams and jellies in their family.  It's hard to pin him down to an exact recipe.  For the jam he just said he ground up the plums, added sugar and cooked the jam.  I think you should look up an exact recipe.  I'm sure all the recipe sites have a good one.  Maybe you should double check the jelly recipe as well.

Beautiful looking Plum Jelly

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