Mr Fiction Ed’s Bottled Plums


Mr Fiction Ed has been busy in the kitchen again.

I’ve already mentioned his vegetable plot, which is still keeping us in courgettes, potatoes, salad veg, and even runner beans, though they’re getting a bit tough now.

We also have a few small trees – lots of apples to come, both eating and cookers, and crab apples. We also have a plum tree which is having one of its good years, meaning we have a bumper plum harvest.

I’ve mentioned previously that we hate to see waste, so we’re doing our best to make use of everything.

We don’t need any more jam. So, what else can we do with all these plums?

We can freeze them as they are. But the freezer’s filling up fast with cartons of soup and bags of berries. I’ve looked at recipes for pies and cakes, and yes, very nice, but you just have to eat them then, don’t you, which is rubbish for the waistline! So I’ll make a couple and then….what? Still lots of plums left.

I’ve made spicy chutney before; I’ll do that again. And stew some to have with yoghurt through the winter months.

But Mr Fiction Ed has gone down a different route and tried bottling some of the fruit for the first time.

He bought some proper preserving jars, googled a few plums in syrup recipes, chose one that took his fancy, and made a cracking job of it, as you can see.

The joy of this is that you don’t even have to take the stones out. Though you get more in each jar if you do, and halve each fruit.

PS Top tip picked up in relation to wasps and plums – because as soon as the fruit gets ripe, the wasps are in there burrowing and being a blinking nuisance. Apparently, wasps hate the smell of mint. So we moved a couple of our mint plant tubs up onto a wall to nestle within the branches of the tree, and it’s worked a treat. No more wasps.

Shirley Blair

Fiction Ed Shirley’s been with the “Friend” since 2007 and calls it her dream job because she gets to read fiction all day every day. Hobbies? Well, that would be reading! She also enjoys writing fiction when she has time, long walks, travel, and watching Scandi thrillers on TV.