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We had a bumper crop this year, probably due to the relativelwet winter followed by a very warm spring. The plums started ripening about a week earlier than last year, as well.

Total harvest: 96 lbs. The tree produced over 100 pounds of fruit, but there are some branches that I leave to the neighbors since they hang over on their side of the fence. We had some fallen and squirrel-eaten plums as well.

Total produce:

Frozen Plums: 6 quarts
Plum Liqueur: 4 liters (or more; won't know exactly until I decant it)
Plum Chutney: 3.5 pints
Plum Syrup: 10 pints (I use it as a base for drinks, sorbet, and gelato)
Plain Plum Jelly: 3.5 pints
Plum Butter: 6 pints
Plum Jelly with Pinot Noir: 4 pints

The pinot noir jelly didn't gel the first time, so I had to redo it this morning. Usually I don't add pectin, but I did on the second round. It's still not jelling perfectly, but I can live with a soft jelly, so I have decided that I'm officially done with canning for the year.

In case you're wondering why I use different units of measurement, it has to do with the containers I use for different types of preserves.

I also made two plum cobblers (and will probably make another tonight) and a batch of sorbet

I gave away about 30-40 pounds of fruit. I still have at least 10 pounds in my fridge; thus the need to make a cobbler.

I didn't make any jam this year, but made more syrup than usual. There's only so much plum jam/jelly/butter our family can eat and give away in a year, and we still have a few jars left from last year. Also, I'm sure that some of our friends may appreciate something other than jam at Christmas.

Date: 2016-06-24 02:44 am (UTC)
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This makes absolutely gorgeous reading! Gorgeous, and so redolent of the wonderful summery abundance of plums! I grew up with two plum trees - with more,in fact, but we never counted the greengages as "real" plums. They were just eaten from the tree, whereas the other plums made all the things - but not the plum jelly with Pinot Noir, which sounds wonderful.

Thanks for this lovely glimpse of the sun in your backyard, and the warmth of all the bottling in your kitchen and the sharing of the plummy wealth. :)

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