Monday, July 07, 2008

Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy

Yesterday my next-door neighbor brought over a huge grocery bag full of red plums from his backyard tree. The plums were great fresh, but there were so many that they'd go bad before we could eat them all, so I decided to make jam. I checked out recipezaar.com and found a recipe that I liked, but adapted it to what I had on hand and made it my own.

Plum-Lime Jam

Ingredients:
8 cups (about 64 ounces) of of plums - rinsed, pitted and coarsely chopped with skins on
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 pinch of salt
2 teaspoons of vanilla
The juice of one lime
Three 2 inch strips of lime zest
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For easier measuring, I just filled up a 64 ounce Gladware container with the chopped plums.



Place all the ingredients in a large pot with plenty of room to allow for the mixture to boil. Cook over low to medium low heat. Make sure all the sugar is dissolved, and continue to keep scraping the sides as you stir.


Last to go in -- the strips of lime zest


Once the mixture appears to me more liquefied, take out the lime zest and mash the mixture. The original recipe says to use a potato masher and that the mixture should be chunky. If you like a little more chunky, well then go for the potato masher, however, I love to use my kitchen gadgets, so I opted for the hand held mixer...

...and ended up with a smooth mixture. Keep in mind that the pot is still on the stove on low to medium low heat.


The original recipe explains that the mixture should be the consistency/thickness of honey when cooled. It's not the same texture as honey, but it should be somewhat thick, well, like jam (duh!) To test it, I would spoon out about a tablespoon into a small bowl, cool.

My jam is tangy, and that's what I was going for, but you can adjust the tangy-ness by reducing the lime juice to taste. This recipe yielded just a little over a 2 pound jar of jam. Store in an air-tight container. Will keep in a refrigerator for about a month.




Yesterday's song:
Fast Cars And Freedom - Rascal Flats - Katiefeldmom

PEACE

5 comments:

Renee Daniels (aka Indygirl) said...

YUMMY!

Loved the pictures yesterday.

simplypink said...

I love plums. My grandma always had plum trees at her house. We ate them until we were sickly. Your jam sounds really good. Thank goodness for piano lessons/ballet! Tchaicovsky

MJ said...

In regards to your comments: I'm going to buy Sole Sisters tomorrow (my B&N has it) although I do notice you don't have it listed among your favorite books. lol. And about the Gatorade, I am careful to only drink it WHILE I'm golfing, or right after running/working out. =) Thanks for the tips.
I can't believe you just "decided" to make jam. I'm lucky that I can make a salad!:)

Michelle said...

Hey, send some my way wouldja? :)

Irene said...

Indygirl (or do you prefer Renee?), Good to see you posting again! It was/is yummy!

Simplypink,
These plums were really sweet, but there were just so many. Jam seemed like the logical choice. :) Winner!

Megan,
I haven't read it yet, but I took a look at a few pages on Amazon.com and I just might have to buy it. My grandparents did a lot of their own canning, which included jams and preserves, so I guess that just stuck with me. To me, the recipe was easy.

Michelle,
LOL. Doesn't virtually sending you pictures count??? LOL.