My friend Deb brought me some wild plum jam that her company had purchased from a local vendor for a dinner. Just had some & it was yummy.
Growing up on a ranch, wild plum jelly was a staple in our house. We had wild plums that grew on a creek bed that ran through the property & we'd all go down & pick into 5 gallon buckets. Mom would boil them down to juice & then mom would make tons of jam to last for the year. I checked with the current owner of the property a few years ago to see if there were plums & I could go pick but he told me they had all dried up or he'd be happy to let me. So sad.
I've canned a couple of things over the years. I made regular plum jam with Costco plums a couple of years ago & made cherry jam for my friend Deb last year. A few years ago I made corn relish which was delish. It made about 8 jars each time & I gave most away but not everyone likes things like this anymore. And I don't eat many things like that anymore either.
Deb made pickles a couple of years. She grew the cucumbers & made jars & jars of pickles. She gave me a couple of bread & butter pickles, my favorite. I think I still have a jar in the pantry. I actually love pickles & if there is one on my plate, I eat it first. But it seriously never occurs me to open the refrigerator & put one on my plate.
I wish I lived in an era where I canned & pickeled but if I did I'd be overrun. I am making a big effort to cook at home everyday but even with that I can't really eat that much canned food. Last year, for some reason, I had a freezer full of corn. And it took months to eat it all. Today I have 1 bag of Birdseye corn in my freezer.
My dad had jelly at at lease 1 meal every day. On toast,biscuits, cornbread. That was dessert even if there happened to be another dessert. Both he & mom grew up in an era where it was a true treat.
I'm thinking about making corn relish again. It was so good & now that I can make beans (see Father's Day post) that relish would be really good with my beans.