Good Monday morning to you all. For the next few Mondays I am going to be sharing a recipe with you to take advantage of all the delicious fruits that are in season right now.
The first of the series will be a jam made from plums and berries.
You can use yellow plums like I did or traditional purple plums.
I used Marionberries but any cane berry would work, raspberry or blackberry, loganberry, etc.
First start with the freshest ingredients you can find. I found them on my sister's plum tree! Here is a little plum picking hint...
Wear a skirt!
On the way home I stopped at the farmers market and bought two flats of organic Marionberries...
And crushed the berries.
Now this is very, very important...
It is crucial that you take the time to play with your food a little. One cannot let a good photo opportunity pass one by!
When done playing, measure out your fruit. I chose to go with a ratio of 2:1 with the plums being the two since they were free!
For a batch of jam you will need 4 cups of chopped plums
And two cups of crushed berries.
Mix the together in a heavy bottom pot.
And try not to sneak a spoonful of two...which I would never ever do!
Add one box of regular pectin gradually. Stir over high heat until it comes to a full rolling boil.
Add 8 cups of sugar (I use organic evaporated cane juice)
Bring back to a full boil and boil for one minute.
Ladle it into hot sterilized jars (I used 1/2 pint jars). Put on lids and rings which were also hot (don't boil lids). Tighten, but not overly so. Put in canner and process for 10 minutes.
Spread it on some homemade bread...
Enjoy...napkins not included.
6 Cups Fruit (4 plum, 2 berry)
1 box regular pectin
8 Cups Sugar.
Process according to directions for Plum Jam in the pectin box.
And lets not forget the secret ingredient...
A little girlie sweetness makes your jam extra yummy!
Visit me over at Not Dabbling in Normal where I am ranting about the neighbor's well manicured lawn invading my wild blackberry pasture borders...oh the nerve of some people!