Several years ago, when I lived in RI, I used to buy Damson Plum jam jars by the case. I love damson plum jam. But I have not seen it anywhere in Minnesota. When I saw the bin of damson plums, I granted myself a 100 mile leniency (more on this later) and envisioned homemade damson plum jam; I bought several pounds worth. I was so caught up in making my own damson plum jam that I forgot that I would have to not only carry my bag of plums with me on my pastoral visit, but I would also have to lull them around on the bus ride back to church and haul them on my bike from the church to the house.
Yesterday I carved out a couple hours to make jam. I thought it was going to be super easy, especially with our cherry pitter.
Not so, cherry pits are smaller than plum pits. Alas, hand pitted plums.
I looked online for several recipes but they were either too complicated or had too much sugar. So I improvised. A pot of cut up plums (with skins), a little less than two cup of sugar, about a half cup of water, and began cooking. When I thought it looked like jam I stopped cooking, jarred the jam, then placed the jars in boiling water for 10 minutes.
reaction from my youngest. This isn't good, it's delicious!!!