Monday, December 2, 2013

Lindsay's Awesome Plumalicious Jam!

Plum Jam - the loveliest looking, tastiest tasting jam there is!

A lady about 15 min north of here has a plum tree that produces like CRAZY!
There is absolutely no way that she could use all her plums.
So, she kindly lets others come and pick the plums!
They are tiny, only about the size of a shooter marble, but they are soooo sweet!
AND, they are FREE!!!!
So, you really cant pass 'em up!

I picked a large Trader Joe's bag FULL to the brim of these little guys!
It filled my sink TWICE!

I just followed the Certo Sure-Jell recipe for Plum Jam, and it turns out so delish!
Matt even says he wants to bathe in it... :)

First step, wash the plums! 
 Very necessary when there are spider webs, bird poop, and other creepy things on your plums...

Next step, halve and pit the plums
 Look at how pretty they are!!!

Then, puree the plums!
I use my Kitchen Aid Food Processor... if Polyandry was legal, id totally marry it... i love it that much!

Now for the Certo instructions!

Get your boiling-water canner ready (make sure your bands are clean, your jars are clean and hot, and that you have new lids ready!)

1. Place fruit in saucepan, add water, and bring to a boil.
Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. 
2. Stir sugar into fruit mixture, and add a dollop of butter on top to reduce foaming 
(it will foam during the cooking process, but when your ready to ladle, the foam will be gone, promise!)
3. Bring to a rolling boil on high heat, stirring constantly.
4. Stir in pectin pouch
5. Return to a full rolling boil for EXACTLY one minute... (im pretty sure 57 sec or 63 seconds will not ruin the awesome jam)
6. Remove from heat and immediately ladle into your prepared jars.
Wipe rims, place two piece lids, screw on bands, and place jars in your canner rack.
Lower rack into canner (or if your a weakling like me, have your hubby do it), making sure that the water covers your jars by 1 to 2 inches.
7. Bring water to a boil, and process 10 minutes *adjust for altitude accordingly!*
8. Remove jars and place upright on a towel to cool completely in a place where they will be at peace :)
Listen for the lovely popping sounds!!!
9. When jars are cool, check seals and label - Lindsay's Awesome Plumalicious Jam.
(although, insert your name, not mine, unless your name is lindsay too, in which case, right on!)
10. ENJOY that DELICIOUS jam!!!!!!

I also made preserves, which is basically equal parts sugar and fruit, no pectin required!
Its thinner but fabulous on pancakes or ice cream or anything really! 

Enjoy!!! And if you want, ill give you some of mine to try :)
just let me know!

1 comment:

  1. You are amazing! The jam sounds so yummy! Aunt Sharon