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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Vanilla Plum Jelly

I got a late start last night. The fire cracked and gently roared, and I found myself stumbling around in the dark, filling hot pint jars with equally scalding, yet sticky, plum juice. 

I decided to a very basic, no frilles jelly. Something I can do with my eyes shut.

Plum Jelly

4 lbs of ripe plums
1 pkg pectin
6 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla

In a large stock pot, place water and plums, heat over fire. You can use a low heat and do it slowly. I, on a campfire just had to go! Cover with lid. Stir occasionally so that the plums don't stick to the bottom, unless you are over a campfire, stir often. Once the plums start to soften and get squishy, remove from heat and run through your food mill into a clean pot. If you want unclouded jelly, you will need to run it through cheese cloth as well. 

Add pectin and vanilla to the plum juice, bring to a hard boil, for one minute. Add all the sugar, quickly. Stir until dissolved and bring back to a hard boil for 1 minute. Pour into your hot sterile jars.

Process in a hot water bath for 15 minutes. Makes 6 pints.


DFW said...

Have found a wild plum tree with plums about the size of quarters. All plums this year had a sting (worm in them). As I drove around with the few I picked, I ate around the worm & they were delicious! I marked them & hope to spray some oil & soap to deter the worms next year. Will definitely try your recipe for this delicious jelly for next year.

West Tx at Heart said...

Sounds awesome.

Anonymous said...

So pretty!!

Ashley in Nebraska

kath said...

That looks and sounds delicious!

Practical Parsimony said...

What a pretty sight! I cannot imagine canning in the dark. But, I suppose I could if I had to.

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