Monday, August 6, 2012

Wild Plum Jelly

·         Wash the wild plums
·         Place the plums in a large stockpot or pressure cooker, and add water until it's just below the top of the fruit in the pots.
·         Place the stockpot over medium-high and bring the water and plums to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and then covered for about 10 minutes, or until the fruit is soft.
·         Use a potato masher as the fruit is simmering to break the skins and separate the flesh from the pit.
·         Use a colander first to drain the liquid let sit in colander for at least an hour and smash out any liquid that forms on top.
·         After colander use a jelly bag or cheesecloth and place over a large bowl. Pour the cooked wild plum juice into the jelly bag or cheesecloth, and then allow them to sit until filtered.
·         Measure the juice in the bowl, and then transfer it to a saucepan.
·         Bring the plum juice to a boil over medium-high heat, and continue for 3 to 4 minutes.
·         Add 3/4 cup granulated sugar for each cup of juice in the pan.
·         Add the zest of one Myer Lemon.
·         Stir to combine and bring to a boil.
·         Continue boiling, uncovered, until the mixture begins to turn to jelly, usually about 20 minutes.
·         Check the wild plum jelly for doneness by placing a cold spoon into the mixture. Lift it out, and if the liquid coats the back of the spoon, it's reached the jelly stage. If not, boil for an additional 1 to 2 minutes and check again.
·         Transfer the wild plum jelly into the sterilized canning jars, leaving about 1/4 inch of space at the top.
·         Secure the lids in place and process the jars for 10 minutes in a boiling water bath.

Sweet and Hot Pickled Okra


6 cup water
6 cup apple cider vinegar
5 tablespoons kosher salt
2 tablespoons of crushed bay leaves
2 tablespoons of peppercorns
2 tablespoons of hot pepper flakes or 3 whole chilies
2 tablespoons of coriander seeds
2 tablespoons of garlic
3 cups sugar

At least 10 pounds Okra cleaned sliced to your size and taste
(For smaller batches the vinegar and water ratio is 1 cup water: 1 cup vinegar: ½ cup sugar:1 tablespoon salt and spice to taste)

·         Combine everything except Okra in a sauce pan and bring to boil over medium heat.
·         Pack clean hot jars with Okra.
·         Ladle in hot syrup.
·         Immediately fill hot pint jars with mixture leaving 1/2" head space.
·         Remove trapped air bubbles.
·         Wipe jar then adjust two piece caps.
·         Process jars in boiling water canner for 10 minutes for pint and 15 minutes for quarts.