I have been trying to recreate the Damson Plum Preserves from my childhood. When I spotted Italian Prune Plums in our local grocery store I knew I had to try them in jam. Using the recipe below, I prepared the jam and put it into my freezer for later use. I will be making this jam every year! Though I used this jam as a freezer recipe it can also be processed in a boiling water bath – 5 minutes for 1000 ft in elevation and under and 10 minutes for 1000 ft. in elevation and over.
Plum Preserves Yield: 8 cups
2 quarts chopped plums(about 4 pounds)
6 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup lemon juice
Combine all ingredients. Bring slowly to a boil, stirring occasionally until sugar dissolves. Cook rapidly to jelly point, about 20 minutes. Process in a boiling water bath.
Late last summer my garden was producing more delicious tomatoes than I could easily use. I was in the mood for a savory pie but not ready to put the work into making a regular two crust pie with top and bottom crust, crimping the edges, etc. I decided to make a Galette, another name for a rustic pie, requiring much less effort. French in origin, a Galette is a single pastry crust rolled into as large or small a circle as you desire. The filling can be either sweet or savory and is only limited by your imagination. Common fillings include fruit, jam, vegetables such as tomatoes and nuts, meat and cheese. Create a filling as if making it for a pie, dollop it into the center of your dough and leave 1 ½ inch border. Fold the uncovered border over the edge of the filling and pinch into pleats. Bake as you would a pie and enjoy! Since my tomato plants are not even in the garden yet, I’m thinking about making a spring-themed galette in the coming days. The biggest decision I now have is to decide between a savory asparagus/parmesan galette or a sweet/tart rhubarb galette. Maybe I’ll make both!
I received both my undergraduate and graduate degrees in Food Science at Iowa State University. I love to quilt, sew, cook, and bake. I spent many years gardening, canning, and preserving food for my family when my children were at home.