Whilst we had enough of our own plums for eating, we had no need to preserve any.
However, our neighbours have a larger tree and ask us to harvest its crop every year otherwise the unpicked fruit attracts wasps.
Some of the plums have this crystallised substance oozing from them which, I think, means there is a grub inside. The fruit are all quartered before cooking anyway, so anything untoward can be removed.
Last year we made plum jam but I've never been a jam fan so this year we made plum chutney. Usually we make chutney with peaches but another neighbour - who asks us to harvest her rowan berries which otherwise fall and make her path slippery - is allergic to them so this was a good opportunity to make some she could eat.
It takes all day,
but there is something very, very lovely about a huge pot bubbling
and spending a rainy afternoon filling the pantry with jars of produce is surprisingly thrilling.
At Christmas - when it's mellowed - we'll give a jar of plum chutney back in return.