This morning I began the arduous task of canning the plum harvest we recently made from our abundant orchard.
Okay, orchard might be a stretch, but abundant doesn’t begin to do our harvest justice.
Although I am ever so grateful for the bounty our tree has blessed us with for the second year in a row, plums are by far the worst fruit to can — hands down. They are tedious and time-consuming, far more than peeling peaches, pitting cherries, or seeding strawberries. So far today I have washed, stemmed, pitted and sliced 10 pounds of the 80 to 90 pounds I have in buckets and it took me nearly an hour and a half. Being that they are not free-stone, pitting is almost impossible. Thankfully I learned a neat trick several years ago and use a melonballer to assist, otherwise I’d probably still be working on them.
Last year I made plum pie filling and froze it. It was quick and easy, other than the pitting, but freezer space continues to be an issue, even more so now that I have peppers, tomatoes and zucchini taking up space. Hubby really needs to give some serious consideration to my request for a second chest freezer. I did my research and it would only cost about $55 a year to run. Until then, I’m going to can all my pie filling and store it in the pantry.
Plum Pie Filling
- 6 Quarts Washed, Pitted and Slice Plums
- 6 Cups Sugar
- 1 Cup + 3 Tbsp. Clear Jel Dissolved in 1 Cup Water
- 4 Cups Water
- 1 Cup Lemon Juice
Pit and slice plums.
Place slices in water containing Fruit Fresh to prevent browning.
Combine water, sugar, and Clear Jel slurry in large stock pot. Bring mixture to boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and begins to bubble. Add lemon juice and boil 1 minute. Fold in plums.
Fill hot jars, leaving 1-inch head space. Adjust and process in water bath for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, let rest 5 minutes more in water before removing.
This recipe made 7 quarts plus 1 pint of plum pie filling. One more batch and I should be set for the year.
Ten pounds down and 7+ quarts in the pantry for the winter, for this I am — Simply Grateful.