Remember the fable of the ant and the grasshopper? Should we “sing” all the summer? or maybe think a bit about the coming winter? Summer is the time of sweet, sugary stone fruit…. what if we tried to capture summer’s bounty in little jars? Yes, you’ve guessed right….I was thinking about stone fruit jams!!But maybe you are just like me, and you were afraid of making jams, just because you didn’t know how to make jams!! Of course we can search the internet for recipes, buy books, or just ask the people that know….And they know because they have been doing this for years….
And I’m a lucky person! because just recently a new friend came to my life! and this friend, V., happens to be an expert in jams (among other things!) So, she wrote to me an e-mail mentioning, in a casual way, that she was making jams..Two minutes later, I said “Teach me, please!) so mails came and went from France to her country…mails where I posed the most stupid questions (but we shouldn’t be afraid of stupid questions because it is a part of learning) In any case, a good friend answers even our most stupid questions, and V. is a good friend, so she also gave me “on-line” assistance on the D-day!! or like the French say, “le jour J” ….of jam, of course ;DThe result is what you see….and I feel proud! Fruit chosen? a variety of plums, green, even when ripe, the Reine Claude Plums. This variety of plums was developed in France, from a wild plum from Asia, and named after Queen Claude...They can be extremely sweet when ripe, and they are considered the finest plums for confectionery. Of course, you can use any type of plum, or peach, apricots, etc.
You know what happened? In one weekend (OK, rainy weekend!) , my husband and kids ate two pots!!! and not the small pots you see in the first photos (that could be used as party favors) but the normal size ones…..
Jams for the winter??? I have to make some more…
Makes 3 jars. Will keep for up to a year.