What do you do when you’ve got 40 pounds of last year’s plums left in the freezer and you need to make room for this year’s peaches? You put your grandma’s apron on over your mei tai and start making jam!
Last year, my brother-in law picked us nearly 70 pounds of plums from his parents’ place. But he brought them just when we were elbows deep in peach and grape processing. So I stuck them all in the freezer with the intention of making them into jam later, when it wasn’t so hot and we weren’t so swamped with other fruit.
Well, here it is, September again, and we are once again swamped with fruit. And I’ve still not touched those plums. So I started defrosting them, and went at it with the jam making. But as there are still 40 pounds, I wanted to get creative. I went searching for a little jam inspiration and I found it on Canarella. Sweet and spicy – my favorite combination!
Since my plums were previously frozen, they turn all mushy when defrosted. No good for straight up canning, but perfect for jam. Here’s what I came up with!
2 pounds plums, pitted and chopped
1½ cups honey
1½ tsp jalapeño powder*
2 T lemon juice
In a large sauce pan, combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Cook until jam gets to the gelling point (use the saucer method or one of these methods).
Ladle hot jam into sterilized jars, wipe rims of jars, add lids and bands and process in a boiling water bath for 5 minutes (10 minutes in Denver or similar altitude).
Makes 4 half pints.
*I make homemade jalapeño powder by slicing and dehydrating jalapeños, then grinding in a food processor. This powder is delish on buttered popcorn!