Our plum tree produced a meager crop this year, but thanks to Craig's List (and a wonderful woman with a backyard full of fruit trees) I've got a bushel of satsuma plums just waiting to be turned into jam.
I'm charmed that people around here share their homegrown fruit with total strangers. It makes the Bay Area feel like a small town, which is lovely.
I've been trawling the internet, and I plan to hit a bookstore tomorrow, but I'll also ask blog readers for advice.
Does anyone have any favorite plum recipes? While there's surely an upside-down cake in our future, I'm particularly interested in making plum jam or preserves. I bought canning jars and low-sugar pectin on the way home from harvesting the plums. What's lacking is any experience in canning. I have only the vaguest memories of making strawberry jam as a child. The best part about that was cracking through the paraffin wax, each time a new jar was opened. I gazed at the huge block of wax in the grocery store, and relished that memory.
Thoughts? Advice? Cautionary tales?