If you do stuff, stuff gets done.......

If you do stuff, stuff gets done.......

Monday, August 31, 2015

Monday to do list

Here is my weekly to do list.  After 2 very busy weeks, this week is much less scheduled.
We were able to pick some wild plums yesterday, what we call Oklahoma Sand Plums.  They are not good to just eat raw, but when cooked down for their pretty pink juice, Sand Plums make wonderful jelly.   Both of my Oklahoma grandmothers, my aunts and my mom all made Sand Plum jelly and it is truly a family favorite.  It was the only jelly one of my brothers and many of my cousins would eat.
 I washed our 5 gallons of sand plums last night.  Then today, I simmered them until they released their juice and strained them.   I hade one big pot full, one medium pot full and 2 little pans full.  It just seemed better to cook them all at once.  



I ended with enough juice to make at least 4 batches of jelly.  Yum!   
I've had already several requests from family members who hope I will share.  Of course I will and we may be able to pick more plums in a few days when they have finished ripening.  


The downside of all this cooking is the cleanup to do afterward.  

The stovetop was a mess but cleaned up without much effort 
And my trusty dishwasher washed 3 loads today!  

Hope you all had a good Monday! 

11 comments:

  1. Yum!! Lots of work but i'm sure the results of that will be delicious!

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  2. So glad to know there is something worthwhile to do with those itty plums. Wish I lived close so I could come help you clean up! :-)

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  3. We have sand plums everywhere down here. Maybe I need to make your jelly.

    Hugs,

    Valerie
    Cottage Making Mommy

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  4. I have never heard of sand plums. The mess is worth it for all of the inexpensive, yummy jelly you will get. Enjoy!

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  5. Yummy, homemade jelly! There are wild plum trees out here, I just wish I knew someone well enough to ask if I could pick from their property.

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  6. I love wild fruit and these sound yummy! You were seriously productive. Btw, I hate cleaning up after making jelly, if it cools on the stove it's a booger to get off.

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  7. I love wild fruit and these sound yummy! You were seriously productive. Btw, I hate cleaning up after making jelly, if it cools on the stove it's a booger to get off.

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  8. I love wild fruit and these sound yummy! You were seriously productive. Btw, I hate cleaning up after making jelly, if it cools on the stove it's a booger to get off.

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  9. The colour is gorgeous - plum jelly will be delicious! And free food is the best.

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  10. You really do get a lot done. I never seem to finish my lists.
    Have a great weekend!
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

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  11. Wow. This is amazing...I would love the recipe, but we have no wild sand plums in CA.
    It was wonderful learning about this tradition!

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