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Just picked a few kilos of plums and blackberries - emergency preserving tips?

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Sarimillie Sun 26-Jul-09 18:46:27

The plums are pretty ripe, and the blackberries won't last too long either.

I'm planning crumbles and pies in due course, and maybe having a go at some kind of jam... but does anyone have any ideas re. what I should do with the fruit tonight? I'm guessing wash, de-pit the plums and freeze - is that the right thing to do?
Am a complete novice so any thoughts welcome!

moondog Sun 26-Jul-09 18:47:44

I wouldstwe gently and freeze.
It's early for them surely?

Sarimillie Sun 26-Jul-09 18:52:36

Thanks - that was quick! With just a little water, or some sugar too?
Yes, astonishingly early - felt a bit sad looking at all this autumnal bounty when it doesn't feel like we've really done summer. But the plums were dropping off the tree, so it seemed like time to take action.

moondog Sun 26-Jul-09 19:01:44

I do them with a very small amount of fruit juice and sugar.
There were hardly any plums last year.Minehad noone but lots of littlieson it when I left UK a week ago.

Heathcliffscathy Sun 26-Jul-09 19:02:16

you can freeze as they are. you can boil up with some sugar for jam.

Katisha Sun 26-Jul-09 19:05:31

The blackberries freeze best if you spread them out on a tray and freeze them like that first (if you have the space in the freezer) and then you can stick them all in a box or bag. It stops them sticking together in a clump.

Sarimillie Sun 26-Jul-09 19:12:18

Thanks! - so blackberries frozen on trays, and plums gently stewed (I'm guessing sophable's suggestion to freeze as they are refers to the berries rather than the plums?)Also - I'm assuming the plums need halving and depitting before stewing?
Do you think you'll be back in time to harvest the plums this year, moondog?

moondog Sun 26-Jul-09 19:21:46

I de-pit my plums after cooking-it's easier.

Hope so Sari-I'm back in 5 weeks and a friend usually makesvery good jam from them!

Lilymaid Sun 26-Jul-09 19:25:22

You can freeze plums without cooking them. Cut in half and stone them. You can then open freeze them for a while and pack into poly bags. The skins toughen with prolonged freezing.
Plum jam is one of the easiest jams to make as there is plenty of pectin to help it set.

Sarimillie Sun 26-Jul-09 19:26:43

Aha - I'm sure my next question will be about jam!

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