Aug 10, 2012

Plum Jam And Other Things To Be Happy About

One of the things I love about our new house is that it came with a plum tree in the backyard. And right now, it's booming. The taste of a fresh plum really doesn't compare to what you find at the grocery store. The skin is super-tender and the meat of the fruit is perfectly sweet and tart. Having a tree is great, but you get a lot of plums RIGHT NOW. So, I decided it would be the perfect opportunity to make fresh jam.

When I was a kid, my grandma made peach jam from her peach tree. It was the most amazing thing I had tasted and so after that, and I was forever ruined for store-bought jam. This recipe is ridiculously easy. I just followed the instructions on the package of pectin. Fruit, pectin, sugar....done.

I had big plans to can my plum jam, but it didn't happen. I went the low-effort route so I could spend minimal time in front of the stove and maximum time kicking my feet up (I can do that...I'm very pregnant). 

When I finally DO can something, this Canning 101 guide will definitely come in handy. PS: the website is kind of addictive. 

While I was making my sweet spread, I glanced over a new book my friend recently gave me: 1400 Things To Be Happy About. I haven't read the whole book yet, but I'm sure "breakfast of fresh jam on toast and a rich cup of coffee" is in there somewhere. Until I find it, here's a glimpse at the first page. So far, I like.  

Plum Jam

  • 1 quart fresh chopped plums
  • 1 package pectin
  • 3 1/2 cups of sugar

Bring chopped fruit and pectin to a boil. Add sugar, stir well. Bring to a boil again, stirring continually. Let cool for about an hour. Serve and enjoy.

Now, have some friends over, make brunch and serve your tasty homemade jam. Or just spend the morning in your PJs, sipping coffee, enjoying your delicious plum jam with toast....or a scone...or a biscuit. Up to you. I think I'm going with option B.

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