Saturday, October 15, 2011

This is just to say... (Plum Syrup)

This Is Just To Say
by William Carlos Williams

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox
and which
you were probably
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

I have always loved that poem. (My brothers even wrote a song about it.) So simple, and yet, I can just almost taste those delicious plums as I read it. Well- that was what I was thinking about as I made my delicious plums into plum syrup. I had a friend share two bags that were fast ripening. I didn't follow an exact recipe, but it was pretty simple and has been absolutely delightful on pancakes (heated up with just a little cornstarch). I've also used it occasionally to flavor smoothies- a little bit goes a long way.

You can find more specific instructions here, but here is the gist of what I did:

Homemade Plum Syrup
1. Rinse the plums and cut off any bad parts.
2. Have jars and lids sanitized and ready.
3. Put plums in a large pot at turn on medium heat.
4. I think I added about 3-4 cups of sugar my large pot.
5. Bring to a boil and stir frequently.
6. I used my immersion blender to blend it all up- peels and all, but you can blend it before heating in a regular blender.
7. There were still some peels that I strained out after heating.
8. Pour in jars, screw on lids, and water-bath (with water boiling) for about 15 minutes.
9. Pull jars out and let them fully seal and cool. (Listen for the pop, and clap when you hear it- that is literally what we do. :)
Now you have yummy plum syrup you can enjoy all year!!!
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Momma Kaye said...

Feel free to share a sample bottle of plum syrup with your aged P for Christmas. I'm sure the Stewarts would be willing to bring it home to us:D

jess and seth said...

Wow, that sounds so tasty today! Our plum season is over, but I will remember this for next year.