The kids and I picked a medium-sized basket of plums yesterday. Out of curiosity, I weighed the basket. We had 18.5 pounds of plums and you could hardly tell the tree had been picked at all.
Based on a quick visual estimate of the volume of plums on the tree, I think we have somewhere around 200 pounds of plums. That’s a lot of plums.
So I made some spiced golden plum jam, a favorite from my jam-making exploits from last summer. That took care of about 3.5 pounds of plums. I think I’ll make another batch or two of jam and maybe some plum salsa. The kids love the plums fresh and have been nibbling away on them. To share the bounty, my daughter and I walked the neighborhood yesterday giving plums away to neighbors. To find homes for others, I think I’ll take plums to the office this week. I’m also thinking about picking a bunch for the local food bank.
Any other ideas for what I should do with my 200 pounds of plums?
PS: I highly recommend using no or low sugar required pectin. This type of pectin allows you to adjust the sugar to your sweetness preference. In my case, that means I can add just enough sugar so that the jam is a yummy mix of just slightly sweet and tart. Plus, less sugar is obviously healthier.