July 2, 2011


On Friday I acquired 19 pounds of plums from my mom-in-love. Yerp. 19. So in a fit of panic genius inspiration, I asked my mom if her and Mimi (my grandma) would want to come help me pit and can the delicious purple orbs.

Luckily enough, they said yes. And today we spent 6 hours pitting, chopping, jamming, chutney-ing and canning and it was SO MUCH FUN. (Well, you know. Aside from the heat.)

It made short work of pitting - seriously about 5 minutes. And it was so nice to have people to talk to and hang out with while the work was getting done.

We stopped in the middle to have a wonderful lunch of sandwiches on homemade french bread full of homemade pesto, tomatoes fresh from Mimi's garden (oh my goodness, best tomatoes ever) and mozzarella (not home made, sadly).  Delicious.

Today produced two batches of jam which gave us 7 pints, 12 4 ouncers and 1 6 ounch jar. And 8 pints of chutney.

We've already talked about doing this again for peaches I have in the freezer and the upcoming crop of tomatoes for sauces.

I think it would be an awesome thing to do with women from the other half of my family, since it was such a nice way to be together while still getting something done.

And now I feel like I can enjoy the weekend without the fruit hanging over my head.

Happy Upcoming 4th!


Kessie said...

That was a stroke of genius! I'll bet that was tons of fun, not to mention getting all the work knocked out. Did the kids enjoy having everybody there?

Meg said...

They did! And it was nice having so many extra eyes around to see what they were doing. When I can by myself I have run in the other room every few minutes to chase duder out of the cabinets.

Farm Girl said...

It sounds like a wonderful day and boy am I relieved you had help. It sounds like the perfect way to can food. I bet it was fun.
19 pounds, that is a bunch and I am so glad it is finished.
Good for you.

William said...

Sounds like a fun way to pass the time canning.

Alternate title for this post: Yes I Can

Rachel said...

Ohhhhhh! I need some jam! If you have an extra jar lemme know!

Meg said...

Do I have extra. Haha. Yes! I've got a box set aside for mom that has a bunch, so you can either steal one of them or come get your own. I have plenty!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Good for you, making jam! I adore Damson plus mixed with blueberries; makes a great, tasty dish.

mountain mama said...

love it!! so glad they could pitch in to help!

happy 4th! :)

Allison said...

A lot of work but SO worth it! Thanks for the yummy sandwich idea! xoxo

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

This is only my second year canning. Your jars look gorgeous. Thank you for all the advice on my strawberry preserves. I'll be sure to save a jar for the margaritas.

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