Plum-ing the depths. And the heights. (If you can do that)

Last week I bought a bunch of plums.  I had a notion to can a few quarts in honey syrup, as per the process on Food in Jars. As ever, her way of doing things is simple and effective.  Don’t know if it’s easy yet, since I have not yet tried them.  But plums in honey syrup with cinnamon?  What’s not to love?

See the cinnamon? See how I still can't reduce all the air (hence the headspace)? See how they lost their colour in the heat processing? See how I don't care because they're still gonna be awesome?

At the end of making four quarts and one pint, I had a few plums left over.  Not sure I’d get to eat them over the next week (there were quite a few) I figured I’d make some kind of stew. On the epicurious website I found this recipe for stewed plums, which they call “quick plum preserves.”  Quick, I like that.  It’s become my mantra.

Easy easy easy.  Halve and destone plums–and these were good old genuine free stones! Reduce down in 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water, with a cinnamon stick for good measure. Put in a jar.  Put in fridge.  Eat at your leisure.

Of course, being my dopey self, I misread one of the instructions (a minor point) about coarsely chopping the plums. So, while they cooked, I got out my trusty kitchen shears and snipped up the plums.  Not quite as chopped as I’d like, but certainly coarse.  And really, no worries.

When it was all done, it was about 1.75 lb of plums reduced to one pint.

The next day I had it on my granola with yogurt and it was…. okay.  I think the other flavours (esp. vanilla yoghurt), not to mention a palate messed up by the morning coffee, overwhelmed it.

But then laterI decided I needed a full-on taste.  A spoonful in the mouth: fantastic!

See how they're half eaten already? Time to hit the market for more plums.

Now I have to figure out how actually to “preserve” it for much later.  This will be a great mid-winter dessert.


About danmalleck

Medical historian and jack-of-all-trades curmudgeon. I tend to ramble about politics, social incivility, and our self-centred culture more interested in buying the next cool ringtone or LED TV than actively engaging in the sorts of discussions and issues that matter. The more opportunity we have to buy more stuff, the less concern there is, it seems, in politics, social justice and let's face it, basic human decency, unless those things actually can save us money or get us more things to show how awesome we are through displaying our material wealth. And I like to brew beer, make cheese, and put food in jars.
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