Our little plum tree has had another bumper crop and after a few days off we came back to tons of plums. So then there is the rub, what does one do with all of these little packages of summer joy? Whether they are plums, peaches, or apricots here is our fun family solution.
So here is a simple option, both for the ones that fell and are to soft to eat, and the ones that are just right.
For those of us that are just to happy, to excitedly knowing that the plums are going to be sweet and refreshing, just dig in! These was definitely no holding back this little girl.
I like to use Cambro containers to collect all the plums. Two of those and the kids make for an excellent hour of play time.
After all of the plums, or peaches, perhaps apricots, inside and washed we sort them all out.
There are the bad ones, some just get bugs and other such things. These we end up tossing in the compost pile or trash.
There are the soft ones, any that are just to ripe to eat without bursting as soon as you take a bite. These are the perfect ones for the lemonade.
Then there are the ones that are still a bit firm, great to eat or share with the folks at work. Use them in a tart or pie. Either way they have a few days till they need to move into the lemonade category.
Now that you have all of your plums sorted out, we take the seeds out of the ones that we will use for lemonade.
This is also another great task for the kids! The absolutely love squishing them in their hands to get the seeds out. They love it so much they are lined up to take turns.
Once all of the plums are done add them to a pot and cover with water. Usually the plums are so sweet we do not add sugar until later, but you could add a 1/2 cup or so at this point. Bring the water to a boil, the turn the heat off and let the mix cool for 15 minutes or so.
Add this mix to a blender and blend until smooth. You can do this before or after the refrigeration.
Once cooled we place in our final container and let this chill in the fridge over night. The next day press the mixture through a chinois or sieve.
At this time you have the base for your drink. Add to taste, sugar and lemon juice.
To serve add ice to a glass and fill with lemonade. Another delicious addition for the saturday afternoon BBQ can be a little light run of vodka.