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Any clever ways to stone damsons?

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AnnieOnnieMouse Thu 04-Aug-16 02:32:36

I have 3kg damsons, and I want to make jam. I have made a lot of jam in the past, but just wondered if the collective brains of MN have found a sensible, quick, simple way of removing the stones. I don't want to do a jelly, I want the proper fruit bits and skins, just would rather not have the stones left in.

4merlyknownasSHD Thu 04-Aug-16 08:14:55

Beyond me I am afraid. The alternative is spending hours standing over the bubbling mix picking them out with a slotted spoon as they rise to the surface, but there are thousands of the little buggers and your back aches after about half an hour! You can try cutting them in half around the cleavage and slipping the stone out, but that takes ages as well. I think you need to sit down watching the cricket on the telly for the whole afternoon session and just work your way through.

northender Thu 04-Aug-16 09:34:31

I've found when you boil the jam most of the stones come to the surface so you can remove easily before putting into jars. You can be left with an odd one but it seems to work pretty well.

AnnieOnnieMouse Thu 04-Aug-16 14:53:04

thanks - I'd better put my big pinny on, then, and get bubbling - Not watching the cricket for anything!

Eve Thu 04-Aug-16 15:00:23

Leave the stones- a fond childhood memory is my mum making dsmson pie and as kids we would have competitions as to got the most stones.

seaviewplease Thu 04-Aug-16 15:09:38

My friend told me she put rubber gloves on and fished/squeezed them out by feeling with her fingers in the pan (assuming you're making jam?).

I tried it. It still takes forever but marginally better than slotted spoon method. Do it before the jam gets to the boil. confused

Hs2Issue Thu 04-Aug-16 15:15:15

I've stoned them before boiling them and then put them in a muslin for boiling so I gat the pectin out of them without the stones being in the jam mixture.

Shallishanti Thu 04-Aug-16 15:18:30

I have found skimming removes an acceptable amount- you still get a few in each pot but the jam is so nice I don't mind

AnnieOnnieMouse Thu 04-Aug-16 23:39:14

Well, I cooked the fruit, let it cool, then mashed the fruit, scraping out any stones I could feel, boiled them up for the bits of fruit and pectin, added sugar and boiled up, finding quite a few more stones.
It's all in jars, cooling and the stuff loaded in the dishwasher.
It's good.

seaviewplease Fri 05-Aug-16 06:07:47


Gatekeeper Fri 05-Aug-16 06:35:59

Can't beat home made jam esp on a doorstep of home made bread.
I've done strawberry and am going to do blackcurrant at the weekend. Also have a load of bilberries in the freezer to make 'mucky mouth jam'. Yum

Gatekeeper Fri 05-Aug-16 06:37:32

I also make a small jar of redcurrant jelly each year to stir into Christmas gravy but the blackbirds have stripped the lot, the buggers!

northender Fri 05-Aug-16 14:23:58

Think you've just inspired me to make jam from a bag full of damsons in the freezer. I have enough damson gin from last year to last another year or two!

AnnieOnnieMouse Fri 05-Aug-16 22:46:56

ooh, happy to help clear the backlog of damson gin!
Still have sloe gin from year before last, but my very fav is raspberry vodka, but have none left (sadface)

quince2figs Sun 07-Aug-16 08:03:21

I am going for Plum brandy again - made it last year, and it was divine. Also regularly damson gin, and made creme de cassis/ creme de more mixed from the enormous glut of blackberries and currants. Was delicious but lethal. I used a river cottage recipe which involved stewing the berries in red wine and sugar, then topping up with vodka to store. Tastes like supercharged Ribena.
Anyway, Annie, you sound like you've cracked it! I stew the damsons in just a small amount of water, then when they are soft, most stones rise to the surface and can be grabbed with plastic-gloved hands. Skimming too fiddly. I then get my hands in to feel for any remaining. Then I proceed with the sugar in for the jam.

TroysMammy Sun 07-Aug-16 08:18:54

Count the number of damsons/plums you put in and then count the stones when you are taking them out.

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