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Title: Too many plums!
Post by: fd3 on August 26, 2019, 06:38:23 pm
Made a couple cakes, some smoothies, not going to make jam.

The tree laughs at our efforts and we shall soon succumb to a couple thugs of rotting fruit.

What can we do with them (other than giving them away)?

Bonus points if anyone can instruct me in a way to turn them into booze.
Title: Re: Too many plums!
Post by: PaulF on August 26, 2019, 06:43:34 pm
Plum gin?

Where are you? Ours largely failed this year, I’m not bothered but my wife likes them.
Title: Re: Too many plums!
Post by: hatler on August 26, 2019, 06:44:22 pm
Get a suitable quantity of vodka and drop the plums in. Add a bit of sugar, shake bottles on a daily basis and after a while (no idea how long) you should end up with something pretty drinkable.
Title: Re: Too many plums!
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 26, 2019, 08:32:47 pm
Slivovitz is the archetypal plum alcohol. Slivo = plum. But I don't know how to actually make it. Anyway, to me there is no such thing as "too many plums". I'd just eat them all!
Title: Re: Too many plums!
Post by: hellymedic on August 26, 2019, 09:03:45 pm
We have similar issues!

I'm also not making jam this year.

I'm making compote, which I freeze for later use. This reduces volume occupied and gives indefinite shelf life.

Halve plums, remove stones and any trace of moth larvae, place in Pyrex casserole, add no water but a fair amount of sugar.

Microwave on full for long enough for plums to boil.

Stir. Allow to cool and decant into freezable boxes.
Title: Re: Too many plums!
Post by: ElyDave on August 27, 2019, 09:28:47 am
Plum wine, you will need pectic enzyme or it will be hazy.

Then you are free to freeze it, or boil it for that slivovitz (legally of course  ;) )
Title: Re: Too many plums!
Post by: Little Jim on August 27, 2019, 09:54:28 am
Mrs LJ halves and stones them like Helly suggests and then roasts them in the oven as this reduces the moisture content a bit, then freezes then.  Plum chutney is also very good, as long as you don't mind having about 2 pints of vinegar evaporated off into your house.  After a while you don't notice the smell...

We didn't have a huge crop this year, but a manageable one, and the plums were all a lot bigger than when we get one of the mega crops.

The pheromone plum moth traps work very well.  When we moved into the house 15 years ago just about every plum contained a maggot but now they are a rare sight.
Title: Re: Too many plums!
Post by: hellymedic on August 27, 2019, 05:10:17 pm
We've not used the pheromone moth traps recently and they didn't seem to make a huge difference.
Early plums seem to get FAR more moth trouble than later ones.
Title: Re: Too many plums!
Post by: fd3 on August 27, 2019, 06:28:54 pm
Plum gin?

Where are you? Ours largely failed this year, I’m not bothered but my wife likes them.
South Brum, nr cotteridge Park.
Title: Re: Too many plums!
Post by: Quisling on September 09, 2019, 10:45:28 pm
St Delia of BBC has a very excellent plum ketchup recipe in one of her tomes. Best left to mature for a couple of months. Makes a great HP sauce substitute and uses lots of plums.
Title: Re: Too many plums!
Post by: MikeFromLFE on September 10, 2019, 05:10:46 pm
Made a couple cakes, some smoothies, not going to make jam.

The tree laughs at our efforts and we shall soon succumb to a couple thugs of rotting fruit.

What can we do with them (other than giving them away)?

Bonus points if anyone can instruct me in a way to turn them into booze.
For the first time since we have had our allotment the greengage trees have had a very poor crop this year.
So not a problem for us, or our neighbours, friends, the freezer, or my guts

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Title: Re: Too many plums!
Post by: T42 on September 11, 2019, 08:58:32 am
Speaking of too many plums, my ride yesterday was fraught with sphinctorial stress. The quetsch season will do that to a chap.
Title: Re: Too many plums!
Post by: Wobbly John on September 11, 2019, 10:46:18 am
Not a problem I have this year. Loads of flowers, few fruits.
In the past I have brewed plum wine - distinctive taste, but good to cook with.
Plum chutney with star anise is gorgeous.
Title: Re: Too many plums!
Post by: T42 on September 11, 2019, 12:37:58 pm
Plum chutney with star anise is gorgeous.

Shall pass that one on to MrsT. Ta!
Title: Re: Too many plums!
Post by: hellymedic on September 13, 2019, 12:19:02 am
Speaking of too many plums, my ride yesterday was fraught with sphinctorial stress. The quetsch season will do that to a chap.

Why just a chap?

Prunes and their ilk are known for their properties!
Title: Re: Too many plums!
Post by: T42 on September 13, 2019, 08:31:46 am
Chap being the short form of chapman, I assume that chapwoman and chapperson have also been added to The Abject's Dictionary, therefore chap may stand for all three.

OK, I'll get me to a moral peak in Darien.  Pass the ornithopter.
Title: Re: Too many plums!
Post by: pcolbeck on September 25, 2019, 09:12:56 pm
Made a couple cakes, some smoothies, not going to make jam.

The tree laughs at our efforts and we shall soon succumb to a couple thugs of rotting fruit.

It must be related to our crab apple tree. I dont know how one relatively small tree can produce so much fruit.