Our neighbor Dino brought over a big bag of plums that came from a tree of theirs and I thought, why not make some plum butter? Did I mention what kind of plums they were? Fucking plums. They are just a little bigger than cherries, and I had to take the pit out of each one of them -4 pounds worth! I guess I shouldn't complain too much - at least I didn't have to peel them. My recipe called for 4 pounds, but I realized that is probably for regular sized plums, which means that I probably only ended up with about 2 pounds of fruit and once this was cooked down, put through a food mill and canned - I ended up with only 3 tiny jars. Time-wise, each jar is probably worth a hundred bucks - anybody want one?! It does taste pretty good though... My advice - even if you get "free" fucking plums - buy large ones to make this butter. On another note, last week they gave me a HUGE zucchini, I guess to make up for the plum size - zucchini bread is in the works...
Plum Butter should make about 5 cups
1 vanilla bean
4 pounds plums, pitted and cut into wedges
2 and half cups sugar
couple tablespoons lemon juice
In a large pot add all ingredients and bring to a boil, stirring often, for about 5 min. or until they are soft. Set aside the vanilla bean and put the rest through a food mill. Return to the pot with the vanilla bean - scraping it to get the seeds out and cook on low for an hour and half to two hours or until it's thick. To test for the right consistency, chill a little plate and put a spoonful of butter on the plate, if after 1 min it remains firm and not runny you are ready to can. Hot water bath for 10 min.
Post note: Dino and Wendy - thanks for thinking of me! Really!
Post, Post note: Tigress - Please see my peach post too!