Autumn Honey Pluot (USA)
Black Cat (MEX)
Black Jack Pluot (USA)
Dino Egg Pluot (USA)
John W Red (USA)*
None of them is a prunus americanas, but that's not going to keep us from recycling last year's plum jelly recipe. Except instead of using one wild plum, we're going to use six domestic ones.
|Blackberry jam to the front|
The second difference was taste. Last year's, I thought, was awesome, but no one joined me in that conclusion. This year, TK and Molly, who don't normally eat jelly, ate a 1/4 pint that I had left over. So the recipe is already a proven winner, vastly improved by the quality of the plums used therein.
We also did a bit of blackberry jam, from berries (and the recipe) left over from last year. You might remember that last year's effort resulted in a rather syrup-like jam, so this year I cut out a bit of sugar, added some pectin**, and cooked it longer. It jelled well. In fact, it jelled much more than jam ought to. To be honest, I might have bricked it. I won't know until I open a jar sometime next year. But it sure smelled good.
* No, I don't know which is which.
** the half box left over from increasing the plum jelly to a box and a half.