MeeMee’s Plum Conserve

2 quarts Damson Plums
4-1/2 cups sugar
1-1/2 lemons
1-1/2 orange
3 cups seeded raisins
1-1/2 cup chopped nut meats

Wash plums; cover with water; cook until tender. Remove seeds and chop; measure 6 cups of pulp. Add sugar, juice and grated rinds of lemon and oranges; and raisins; cook until thick and clear. Add nut meats; seal in hot sterilized glasses. Makes 24 6-oz glasses.


I finally got a copy of the recipe. Mom and Grandma had a pretty tight time of it during WWII. Mom tells about them living in studio apartments until she was in 6th grade – when they got a one bedroom apartment. She says that Grandma always made jellies, jams and this conserve – even when she only had a hot plate for cooking.

Grandma did eventually buy a home. Mom was in high school. It was a tiny two bedroom house that she lived in until she was 88 and tired of mowing the lawn.

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