Now i know we all know how to make jam, but this year my plum tree bore fruit for the first time, five kilos in total. So there will be a bit of a jammy theme to the next posts.
So, for homemade plum homemade plum jam you will need:
3kg plums from your own tree (or just from the shop is also ok) 2kg sugar 3 lemons quartered Some water
My plums were small and sweet but this means a lot of work to get the stones out. Fortunately I’m far too lazy for this so I put them in a big pan with a little water and stewed them down with the stones – this is also good to get the pectin from the stones that helps set the jam. After about 2 hours stewing, I let the mixture cool until I could get my hands in and fish out the stones.
Then . . . →Homemade plum homemade plum jam
This summer started really well for my tomatoes; I sowed them indoors in March and planted them out just days after the last frost. I bought sturdy, long bambo poles and staked them well.
But, when I came back from France in June my tomatoes had mutated into beanstalks. Then the tomatoes came, the largest so far is almost a kilo, and my sturdy sticks couldn’t take the weight…
Finally; it rained for the whole of August, which drowned the poor little buggers and caused mouldy bottom… So far my main crop is pictured below, there’s about 20kg left on the vines but whether they ripen or not remains to be seen. Better luck next year…