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cherry plums
Tue 9-Aug-11
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poisondwarf

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My first contribution - but I thought you might like to know I have various colours and sizes of cherry plums and have tried separating them - the yellow ones make a jam similar to apricot and is ideal for coating my Christmas cake before adding marzipan.

I do not like my present cooker and have taken to placing 2 lb plums with 24 oz. sugar in my glass Kenwood mixer bowl - 5 minutes in microwave, good stir to dissolve the sugar then 26 minutes and hey presto ready for the jars.

Tue 9-Aug-11
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i may give this a go as my dwarf plum tree is glutting merrily

Tue 9-Aug-11
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sounds a quick and easy method.  I made some greengage jam at the weekend and it is delish!

Tue 9-Aug-11
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I use the microwave method too when I don't have huge quantities of the stuff and it has served me well for many years.cheers

Tue 9-Aug-11
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Thank you for your contribution Poisondwarf and welcome to the forum.

I'll try that again!

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Thank you for your contribution Poisondwarf and welcome to the forum.

I'll try that again!

Tue 9-Aug-11
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Toffeeapple said:

Thank you for your contribution Poisondwarf and welcome to the forum.

TA's in stereo for the hard of hearing.....I'll play it again Sam...big_laughbig_laugh

 

I would say...welcome to the Poisondwarf...as for cherry plums...note to self...get a microwave.  I have spent two days making jam but those little stones just have a life of their own...every recipe says 'they float to the surface' and 'have that slotted spoon at the ready'.  Mine didn't and they came out screaming as they were separated from the flesh.

Arrrggghhh.  I shall never make jam with anything with small stones again...and that's a promise...delicious as it might be....roll_eyeschefwhistlewhistle

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Wed 10-Aug-11
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I use a cherry stoner to stone my cherry plums in advance and I have a plum stoner for the bigger ones: this way around 99% of the stones are out and I only have to look out for the odd escapee!smile

Tue 16-Aug-11
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Came home today from gardening exploits with a trug full of mirabelles, this is from a tree on my route which is on the edge of a farm. I watched last year as all the plums fell to the ground over a few weeks completely unused, this year I was going to call at the place and ask them if I could use them in exchange for a few jars of the jam when made. Anyway last week I noticed tons on the floor, this week was a carpet of yellow, so I couldn't resist, I stopped the car and grabbed one of my trugs and half filled it, they are in the sink soaking now while I quickly signed on to check the recipe shelley sent me a while ago.

Right, off to de-stone them in the gorgeous sunshine (sorry Danuta)

Tue 16-Aug-11
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Hope you manage to de-stone them, Jan, as I couldn't get any of ours out of the fruit - but the jam is just superb - with the stones!! big_laugh

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I must go back to the canal to see how the Mirabelles are doing - they were not ripe last time I tried them.

I'll try that again!

Tue 16-Aug-11
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brightspark said:

Hope you manage to de-stone them, Jan, as I couldn't get any of ours out of the fruit " but the jam is just superb " with the stones!! big_laugh

I agree BS¦..the jam is delicious and I've delivered some to a couple of my neighbours whose husbands normally only make Rakia ¦.an alcoholic beverage¦ out of them.  

Really fiddly to do.  I got mine out after I had simmered them down,  the little beauties hung of for grim death and I had to force them out.  ¦¦.dalekdalek

 

Forgot to mention I have actually got the red and yellow ones in the garden, Yellow still on the tree....but about to be harvested, I used the red ones to make my jam.chefchefchef

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Tue 16-Aug-11
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Elsa, you lucky thing!

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19 jars of jam now made..the stones came out easily on most of them, but they were very ripe

Tue 16-Aug-11
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Oh, well done, Jan - are you a workaholic, d'you think? laugh

I really don't know how you do it - you're always busy, busy, busy.

Great job! big_hug

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