Wendy’s plum tree produced fruit this year and she wasn’t available to pick them. So I picked them and made them into Plum Delight Spread. I obtained the recipe from Cooks.com. Their name says “preserves”, but we think it’s more of a spread. Recipe features more than just plums, where a regular preserve recipe would have plums only. Of course, I’m always tinkering with recipes. Friend Debbie says I “make recipes my own.”
Here is my own version:
Plum Delight Spread
2 qts. plums
4 1/2 c. sugar
grated rind and juice of 1 1/2 lemons
3 c. raisins
grated rind of 1 1/2 oranges
1 1/2 c. finely chopped nuts
1 tsp. butter
1/2 package liquid fruit pectin
Wash plums, cover with water. Cook until tender. Remove blemishes, peel, seeds and cut up. Measure 6 cups pulp. Add sugar, lemon juice, raisins, grated orange and lemon peel. Cook until thick and clear. Add butter and nuts, then pectin. Bring to a full rolling boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Boil 30 seconds. Remove from heat. Skim foam if necessary. Pour into hot sterilized jars. Hot water bath for 10 minutes, adjusting for altitude if necessary.
Yield is about 7 half-pint jars.
Cooks.com’s recipe does not include hot water bath instructions, but I’m rather obsessive about canning food safely. I want no pathogenic bacteria in my canned goods.
I am so grateful for the opportunities God has given me to provide food for the winter.GHTime Code(s): nc nc