|Sundried Hollywood Plums. 8.16.15|
|Sundried and Sun-drying tomatoes. 8.16.15|
Dried fruit from home garden is surprisingly good. The near-black Hollywood plums are tart and sweet and concentrated plum flavor. Like fresh ones but more intense. Nothing like a prune, which is a dried European plum.
The home grown sun dried tomatoes are even better than store bought, And store bought sun dried tomatoes are pretty good.
They don't have to be Roma tomatoes. Ning taught me we can dry any kind.
With these fruits, we dry a few days in the sunroom. During the day it is in the 120s there. I can use a food dehydrator, but the sunroom works as well with no power.
Then they go into food bags into the freezer.
Freezer Jam. Finally found instant pectin. The advantage is, instant pectin does not need to be dissolved. No water needs to be added. So the jam is just fruit, some sugar, and pectin.
|Today's Harvest. 8.16.15|
2 cups washed grapes. These were Price grape.
1/3 cup sugar.
2 tablespoons instant pectin.
I wash the grapes. Place them in food processor and chop coarsely.
Then combine the sugar and pectin. Add to food processor and process until well mixed.
|Ingredients for Grape Freezer Jam. 8.16.15|
|Cornbread with Grape Freezer Jam. 8.16.5|
Ladle jam into jars. Any small jar will do. These keep 1 year in freezer or 1 month in fridge. The uncooked fruit flavor sings with joy.
Hollywood plums also make excellent plum jam. Same as grapes, but slice the plums flesh off the seeds. Leave the skin on the slices. Use 2 cups, same as grape jam. Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice. The rest is same as grapes. It's almost like candy, sweet and sour and full of undiluted flavor, unlike cooked fruit jams with high fructose corn syrup from the grocery store.
In either case, the jam fills 2 8-oz jars.