10.14.2007

smokin' plum butter

My friend Connie gave me two generous bags of plums. Last year was the first year I made plum butter and it was complete perfection. I didn't even have to add sugar because it was that perfect. So, this year, I had high hopes.

It was taking me awhile to get around to making the butter so I decided to do it in stages which I have always avoided so I don't waste time or heat (from the stove) or something. But I had no choice as the plums were shriveling and I was headed off to camp for the weekend.

I halved and boiled the plums for about two hours until thick like red sauce. I don't peel the plums and the result is an exquisite color. In fact, here is a secret: I don't remove the skin at all. I think this is a canning sin but I refuse to repent. I then let it cool *gasp* (wasted all that heat), placed the pot in the fridge and went camping.

When I returned today, it didn't take long at all to reheat the plums and it all felt very smooth and easy. It is becoming a challenge, however, to not dip my belly in food as I cook.

Then I burned some perfect plums to the bottom of the goddamn pot. It didn't seem like a big deal because I convinced myself that I could stealthfully stir without stirring up the gunk but when I used my immersion blender I snagged the gunk and now I have smoked plum butter. It really does taste smoked and not bad at all. Just different. It will be great with meat and cheese like baked brie...not so much on a pb & j.

Well, admittedly, it definitely isn't as good as last years. And I had to add a few cups of sugar to take the gunk edge off. Sigh, I am bummed about it. I did make several jars without sugar for bug. I am determined to make a foodie out of her--it is a gourmet twist on the boring nutritionally marginal classic.

4 comments:

lera said...

That's too bad that you smoked it by accident. Luckily you were able to salvage it, though.

dig this chick said...

Lera, I know! It is killing me....all that work. I think I may be trying to convince myself that it will have some use. I wish so badly that I had dumped it in a different pot before I blended.

Wendy said...

You will definitely turn your kid into a foodie, just feed him what you eat.

My nephew (who's baby food was nothing but home-prepared vegetables and grains) now loves almost every single thing that we eat, Indian food, chili, fish tacos... so far the only thing he's rejected is sauerkraut from a Reuben.

And I think the smoked plum butter sounds exotic and yummy.

dig this chick said...

Update on the butter: Anne came over last night and I hesitantly cracked open a jar. We ate it with Amish blue cheese and crusty bread and I have to say, it was great!

Wendy, good to hear about the food--spicy and all!

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