Enjoying the last of the golden days of summer

DSCF4538Can you hear that ticking sound? That’s the sound of the last days of summer ticking away!  In an attempt to hold onto summer, I tried to can it this week. The local fruit stand had boxes of beautiful plums so I carted one home and got busy peeling and chopping. The result was a gloriously sweet Plum Jam.  I added a dash of ground coriander to give it an extra zing.  So yep, I canned summer in a jar.

Plum jam is super easy to make.  Here’s the recipe if you want to capture the last days of summer in a jar.

Plum Jam

Summer in a jar!

             Plum Jam (aka Summer in a Jar!)

8 cups chopped & peeled plums

1/2 heaping tsp ground coriander

2 tbsp lemon juice

3 cups granulated sugar

Combine the plums, coriander and lemon juice in a large pot.  Simmer on medium heat. When the fruit is boiling add in the sugar. Keep cooking the jam and stir stir stir until the jam has thickened.  This will take about 30 minutes.  Cooking Note: Near constant stirring is important with this recipe (especially toward the end) to prevent your jam from sticking to the bottom of the pan and burning.

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It’s a blue ribbon day!

Ribbons

I’m feeling pretty blue today because I received my packet of ribbons from the 2015 California State Fair this week. Of course that meant it was time for a photo shoot.  I am ridiculously excited that my jams scored so well in this prestigious canning competition.  Here are the results for the jams that I entered-

Berry Lemon Jam / First PlaceEMG Winners2

Orange & Fig Jam / First Place

Bananas Foster Jam / First Place

Spicy Peach Jam / First Place

Peachy Orange Conserve / First Place

Sweetheart Strawberry Jam / Second Place

Thank you, judges!