Why is it we have been so lucky to have good neighbors that give us fruit this year? Just blessed I guess.
"Do you like plums?"
"Of course! I LOVE plums!"
"My neighbor has a plum tree and isn't going to use them..."
"I'll be right over."
That was the conversation between my mother-in-law and me.
Just never you mind that I showed up in pajama bottoms and a t-shirt. I was ready to pick.
|that's just a drop in the bucket...|
I decided to bottle a batch (7 quarts in this case) whole. Bottling them was a breeze! I just washed them, put them in bottles, filled with sugar syrup and processed them in my steamer canner. The syrup was a light syrup. 2 to 1 water to sugar. I heated the sugar and water until dissolved. I then loaded the quarts onto the steamer canner and processed for 25 minutes. The official instructions say to poke the skins with a needle so that they won't split. Ya. Didn't do that. I was looking for speed people. I'd already bottled 3 quarts of tomatoes and 15 quarts of peaches (yes, more peaches). I wanted ease.
Scrap ease. My seven quarts of bottled whole plums didn't even make a dent in the 2 2/3 boxes I have left. I'd given away 4 grocery sacks to neighbors and that didn't really make a dent either. Then, my mom-in-law brought over half of her box saying she'd bottled all she could use and I could have the rest. Ok. I'm going plum crazy. Who wants jam?!
*Editors note* Leave a 1 1/2" head space as the plums will create own juice.