Summer in BC, 14/30

Our plum tree is heavily laden with juicy fruit! We picked 1/3 of a bucket yesterday and barely made a dent in harvesting the tree. So, today we’re enjoying plums for coffee time, with a side of plum cake and plum ginger crumb bars (both delicious) – but I still need more recipes! Have you made plum jam before? Plum pie? Please send me your recipes! 🙂

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6 thoughts on “Summer in BC, 14/30

  1. jrdeleeuw says:

    How fun to harvest from your own backyard! How’s the garden doing these days?
    I have made plum raspberry freezer jam before. The kids found it just scrumptious. I don’t have a recipe for it…it was a bit of a (happy) mistake actually. But with sugar and fruit mixed together you can’t go too wrong 🙂

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    • arenda says:

      Hmm, that plum raspberry jam sounds delicious! The garden isn’t doing too great. We harvested radishes quickly, but are now waiting for our corn to grow (it’ll be knee-high by the fourth of September, I think) and our potatoes. But we did get some apples from the trees and these plums! 🙂

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  2. Lyn Metzlar says:

    Hadn’t seen this post when I commented on the other one. Plum chutney … lots of recipes on-line. I made some with plums, pears, apples and rhubarb … basically everything I have too much of! Once it was started (you have to saute the onions, etc) I dumped it all in the slow cooker and let it do its thing. It looks more like dark applesauce than chutney, but it’s delicious. Basic ingredients: onion, fresh ginger, garlic … all that fruit, chopped up … spices: anise, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cumin, cardamom, red chili flakes, salt

    A friend also mentioned you can make “apple butter” in your slow cooker, so my next batch of chutney, I will try making “chutney butter” … just keep cooking it in slow cooker for an additional 10 – 12 hours, stirring often, until it is really thick. I think it would work well with crackers and cheese.

    You can also make plum crisp, using an apple crisp recipe (or mix plums and apples) … or pears, if your pear tree is as loaded as ours is!! Enjoy.

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    • arenda says:

      Thanks for the suggestions, Lyn! I think some plum butter/plum chutney sounds delightful! Would you include the chutney as part of dinner? Chicken and plum chutney, for instance? I’m already imagining the work we can do once we’re home from camping this week! 🙂

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      • Lyn Metzlar says:

        According to my Sri Lankan homecare worker, you marinate chicken in the chutney, and then also cook it in the chutney.
        You can also serve churney alongside dinner the way we’re accustomed to using applesauce.
        As for the butter (which is cooking away in my slow cooker right now), I’m thinking to use it as a “savoury jam” with cheese and crackers.
        Remember, I’ve only just made this stuff … I haven’t actually eaten any of it yet! Maybe next year’s advice will sound much different!

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