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Month: September 2010

Wild Plum Jelly

Wild Plum Jelly
Originally uploaded by Lakenvelder

I started out making a plum jam but after pitting one pound of cherry size fruit I changed to making a jelly. I was so glad I did it was not only a lot faster but I ended up with jelly i would like to give as gifts. This disastrous attempt to making a jam also worried me. I also came across this recipe of a BBQ sauce that used with the left over mash. I wish I had found it sooner. You have another step to move the pits but that is after you have cooked the fruit already.I really hated putting all of the mash in the compost bin.

I put around 7 pounds of fruit in a pan and added water. I then gently boiled and mashed the fruit util they were all mushy. I then strained the fruit twice to get juice. Just let the juice drip out. If you try to force more liquid out you will end up with murky jelly.

Recipe 5 1/2 Cups plum juice
Package pectin
7 1/2 cups sugar

Add the juice in a pan and stir in the pectin. Bring to a boil. Stir in the sugar and bring to a boil. boil for 1 minute and then remove from the heat. You will need 8 1/2 pint canning jars. Process in a boiling bath for 10 minutes.

The Wild Side

What a busy weekend this has been. I have different gardens here at Bois D’ Arc and I have native plants planted in various areas. I planted some Wild Plums a few years back to give my garden a windbreak and to also give some of the wildlife in the area some food. The wild plums are now about 6 few tall in front of the garden and spreading. I got a bumper crop of plums so I decided to pick some of them and try making some Wild plum jelly. It ended up be rather easy to prepare and has a lovely color. The sample leftover taste test tells me it will be a good jelly.

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