Yesterday, we had strong winds all day, and a huge number of unripe plums were blown down from our tree. It was demoralizing to see these plums drop before they were mature.
As I was picking plums off the ground, a memory was rolling around in the back corners of my brain. Weren't unripe plums particularly rich in pectin? Couldn't these plums be used to thicken jam? A quick internet search confirmed my hunch, and so I'll be storing these unripe fruits in the freezer until jam time properly arrives.
I suspect that I may have some of last season's ripe plums in the freezer. There's a certain point when the effort of making homemade jam outweighs the pleasure and production grinds to a halt. Guess I should go look into those back corners of the our freezer, and see what's rolling around in there.