Sunday, June 30, 2013

I Must Be Plum Crazy!

That's the only explanation...for even starting on this little journey today. Doesn't this bowl of plums look so innocent...well five hours later (and I'm pooped out!)...they have become
 14 pints and 12 half-pints of plum jelly (or plum syrup if it doesn't set right!!!) 
I squished and pureed plums (minus the pits) until my feet hurt from standing...and the result filled mother's larger canner.
Then, a thought occurred to me...I still had to add the sugar...and it had to boil. So, half was dipped out...
and I then had TWO batches of jelly/syrup to contend with. And, even with only half a pot full...look how close it came to overflowing with it started to boil! 
I can tell you I was in a full panic mode! Turned the stove eye completely off, stirring and blowing to cool the mess down before it boiled over the top..and on to my stove...then down the side...then on the floor. I could just see the mess that was about to happen. Luckily, I got it under control just in time!! See the rim of the pot below...that's where the "suds" stopped before boiling over!! I mean, one extra spoon more...and I would have had a horrible mess!
And, I did the same thing on the second batch! Geez!
Sure hope all of these turn out to be jelly...cause that's a lot of pancake syrup otherwise!!


Sheila said...

Looks delicious and I know you will really enjoy it, even if it turns out to be syrup :) Have a great holiday!

Cindy said...

We have two dwarf plum trees that produce the reddish looking plums. This is not a year for production though because the cold weather and freezing kept them from it. Next year we will probably have a bumper crop. It seems like every other year we have a bumper crop and then I'm calling friends to see if they would like to come pick some. I make my plum jelly with Splenda and it's really good. I know you worked hard today.

Holee said...

YUM...enough said!

Renee said...

It looks fantastic! I only canned about 6 pints worth of blueberry jam today and had to admit I was plum tired. That thought made me think of you and your plums. It was fun to sit for a rest and see you made your plum jelly today. :)

Denise :) said...

I made a blackberry cobbler on Saturday -- with the handful and a half of blackberries that were ripe enough to pick! :)