And apparently you can’t keep Robin and I from trying to make things from scratch. Despite previous unsuccessful attempts to be resourceful and do things like make our own cheese, pizza dough, nettle beer, etc., Robin and I decided to tempt fate once again and try to make another homestead classic: jam.
Well I can happily report that jam making, despite being incredibly messy, was a wonderful success. We decided to use Damson plums for jamming because: a) there was a big tree full of them right outside our office, and b) you don’t need special sugar to turn plums into jam (the pits have all the pectin you need built right in).
Not only was picking plums much easier and less dangerous than picking nettles (ok, there were a few incidents of throwing plums at each other but no injuries were reported), but the final product was much more delicious! I think this is one cooking experiment to be repeated. Yum.