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Tips and tricks – finding and harvesting nature's resources
Tue 3-Aug-10
9:47 pm
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shelley
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mmm I went back to my avenue (yes an AVENUE of them!!)of wild plums and mirabelles today and picked a huge pile of them which I then made into red and yellow plum jams; the red one came out a truly beautiful colour and tastes deliciious!!

 

here is a pic; ignore the first in the album, which you all saw ages ago

 

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=186206&.....3581b58f9e

 

enjoy

 

Tue 3-Aug-10
10:39 pm
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Shereen, theres  a hedgerow on three sides of a cornfield here full of them. You send me the gin and I'll send you the sloes 🙂

Shelley, I can't see the pic unless I sign up for facebook which I'm reluctant to do, I'll have to imagine instead.cry

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Wed 4-Aug-10
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That's interesting, Bob, I don't belong to Facebook, but I can see them - I wonder why you can't ...?

But imagine two large bowls full of small round plums - one golden and one claret colour. Gorgeous!

Beautiful pic, Shelley - just imagining the work involved afterwards .....  welldone  welldone

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Wed 4-Aug-10
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I see them now, my ad blocker removed them, it's a blessing most of the time but occasionally it slips up, flickr and now facebook are favorite targets, nice harvest.

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Wed 4-Aug-10
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Wonderful images Shelley.  Wish I could find stuff like that here.

I'll try that again!

Wed 4-Aug-10
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yep, but I have yet to find crab apples; or wild pears and on a hot summer there are no berries at all esp no blackberries.  I think I have found a wild quince, or perhaps a medlar, but have yet to decide!

Wed 4-Aug-10
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I found two crab apple trees today on my walk, perhaps I could send you some...big_laugh

I'll try that again!

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We have two crab apple trees in the gardem, Shelley - but we're over-run with last year's crab apple jelly and hubby said not to make any more this year....... not sure if I can witness the waste though ....  smile

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Thu 5-Aug-10
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Why don't you freeze them and then you can decide what to use them for? Maybe they could be used with pork or something?

Thu 5-Aug-10
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wish I could find some; just sinking under a sea of plums!! A neighbour popped over to say I could have her plums too today!confused

Thu 5-Aug-10
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Found loads of plum trees today but what eles can you do with whem it seems such a waste

Thu 5-Aug-10
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mrs moss makes a realy reduced sauce wich stores well in the fridge and goes nicely with meat dishes ,takes a lot of plumbs and lots of simmering ,but it is nice !!

sit down with a cupa and the urge will subside

Fri 6-Aug-10
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Oh, Mutley, wild plums have so many uses. Fiona makes loads of Wild Plum or Damson Jelly every year. We use it in cooking because it makes a fantastic gravy with roast meat or baked chops.

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Fri 6-Aug-10
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Mutley, if you like cakes - make a traybake with ground almonds/almond extract, and then spread the mix into the traybake tin, and drop in halves of plums - they partially sink when the cake rises, and the cake ends up being really moist and delicious!

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JoannaS said:

Why don't you freeze them and then you can decide what to use them for? Maybe they could be used with pork or something?


 

Not really sure, Joanna, because I only have a very small freezer (not a chest freezer), and these little beauties are marble-sized. Last year I collected three bucketloads. De-stalking and then halving them took hours ......

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