Every Sunday, the boys and I go to a local farmers’ market to buy our fresh fruit and vegetables for the week.
As the summer stone fruit season is in full swing, there are boxes upon boxes of delicious apricots, peaches, plums and nectarines on offer. They all look so tempting, but I don’t buy much because the boys don’t really like eating them. The preference is kiwifruit, grapes, bananas, apples, pears or pineapple.
This summer, feeling rather left out of buying seasonal fruit, and encouraged by the success of last winter’s chutney-making efforts, I have decided to try making jam. All the taste of summer fruit, but without the risk of it spoiling before it can get eaten!
Last week, I tried making apricot jam. It was delicious!! Further encouraged by that, today I made plum jam. I also decided to stock up and make more bread & butter pickles before the cucumber season finished.
It’s extremely satisfying to see my pantry filling up nicely with homemade jams and chutneys (in my motley collection of re-used jars…). I may have just found a new interest! I’m thinking marmalade when the citrus season starts… and what about tamarillo jam? So many possibilities! I’d always thought that jam making was a very mysterious process, and that it was complicated and hard to achieve a perfect result. This is not true!
The youngest boy watched me making the plum jam, testing for the set point, and enjoying naughty spoonfuls of jam-in-the-making while I was at it. I offered some to him, but after gingerly trying it, he declared that he only liked strawberry jam and the other berry jams I got him from the supermarket. I decided not to make an issue of it.
After a brief outing this evening, we came home to perfectly set plum jam. Success!! I snuck some on to fresh, buttered bread and offered it to him as a snack without telling him what was in it. Within a few minutes there was a patter of feet in the kitchen… “That was yummy! Can I have another please?” I said “That was the plum jam you know!” “I know! You’ve done a good job” came the cheeky reply.
Perhaps I should make more plum jam next week. I only have four jars of it in the pantry…
The colour reminds me of the aptly named Damson colourway of the yarn I’m using for Gemma.
She’s coming along nicely.