Wild Plums!

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There is a clump of Mexican plums in the fence row across the road from us. Little red marbles are just falling off and rotting. So we went picking! We picked some a few days ago, I cooked them down and got 3/4 of a quart jar of juice. Today we picked some more and have them spread on a cookie sheet to finish ripening. After I cook these down, I'll make wild plum jelly. It has been since I was a very little girl that I had wild plum jelly.

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They look so good. Yum.

Weather destroyed my entire tree of plums this year.
 

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Finally made jelly today. We have been picking and I've been cooking them down and straining out the juice. Got two quarts of juice and made 7 pints of jelly today. WOW! that stuff is good!
 

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Well, 3 jars set up and 4 didn't. So I have to redo the 4 jars. Darn! Also put up half bushel of peaches yesterday (bought them) and canned 7 jars of I wish I could say sliced peaches, but more like peach pieces. They were cling peaches :he so I just whacked at them with a paring knife. I made 7 jars of chunky peach jam, and it didn't set up either. The remainder I just cooked down to mush and I'll call it jam-preserves-huh? I got 3 jars of that and I'm already seeing visions of turnovers!
 

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I opened a jar of the plum that didn't set up and it is like a soft spread. Not syrup and not jelly, somewhere in between. Not syrupy enough to redo, so I'm going to use it just like it is. I dug out some on a spoon.... it is so good!
 
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