We have a Santa Rosa plum tree and this year it produced quite a lot of plums. I read that it usually takes this tree about four years to produce fruit. We had a few plums last year, but this year was the year I could finally start canning :)
I'm excited to use these plums for Cobbler. I use this recipe a TON! Using all of our nectarine and peach stash. It always turns out wonderful.
I found it very helpful to watch this video on "How to Pit a Plum in 10 seconds". I couldn't for the life of me get these pitted until I watched this video. It's all in the twist :)
When I'm cutting my plums, I toss them in a little lemon juice to prevent browning.
Plums, washed, pitted, quartered
2 1/2 cups sugar
6 cups water
quart jars, lids and rings
Pack washed and prepared plums in sterilized quart size jars. I like to keep my jars in the oven on a cookie sheet 200 degrees until I'm ready to use. This keeps the jars from breaking during the hot water bath.
Meanwhile, combine sugar and water. Stir and bring to a boil. Ladle hot syrup in jars, covering fruit. Be very careful, the syrup is hot! Allow 1/2 inch head space between jars. Place sterilized lids and rings on jars.
Process in hot water bath, for 30 minutes. Store in cool dark place when all jars have sealed and cooled.