Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Making Plum Jam in Slovakia
Making 'plum jam' is a tradition that takes place in Slovakia in the fall. Friends gather around the fire and stir the boiling plums for most of the day. The trick is NOT to stop stirring them, otherwise, all the hard work will be for naught as the plums will coagulate before they're ready. I thought it was a lot of effort for very little reward until I realized the true purpose of the exercise was the opportunity for friends to get together and socialize. From the pictures, you can see I did more of that than the stirring which was actually entirely done by the older gentleman! I also found out the plums can be made into a 'nefarious' product other than jam which certainly makes the effort worthwhile if you know what I mean!
The first picture is a little grainy because it was taken the night before as we were shelling out the plums. The last two pictures were the next day during the boiling process. Hope you enjoy them!