I had to open 3 more of them before I found one with a worm. It's right above the tip of the paring knife.
So....since I couldn't do plums, I did sauerkraut.
I went out to the garden and picked two more cabbages to add to the two I had in the fridge.
Since my (almost) new Cuisinart food processor broke while grating a piece of mozzarella cheese, I had to use the mandolin to slice up five pounds of cabbage. We'll discuss the Cuisinart in a separate blog post. And maybe the piece of crap new Black and Decker electric can opener. :-(
After mixing in some salt and then letting it sit for an hour or so to go limp, I packed it firmly into clean quart jars.
I smashed it into the jars until the brine covered the surface, leaving about an inch of headspace.
I cut some cabbage leaves to fit the top, then pressed them down over the contents until the brine rose above them.
Then I used some crumpled plastic wrap to ensure the shredded cabbage would stay under the brine.
Lids were put on, and the jars were set on paper towels on a large plastic lid. They went out to the garage, where they will stay fairly dark and cool for the next 6-8 weeks. I'll check them every few days to make sure the brine is still covering the cabbage. If any has seeped out, and it usually does, I'll dissolve a tablespoon of salt in a cup of cold water and add it to the jars.
There were a lot of outer cabbage leaves, and bits and pieces that didn't go through the mandolin, so I decided I needed to use them to make a big pot of soup. I tossed the scraps into the pot with parsley and onions from my garden, carrots and celery not from my garden, some beef soup base and water.
I simmered it for a loooong time, then strained the resulting broth into another pot.
I pureed the carrots and added them back into the broth, then added corn, peas, green beans, carrots, diced tomatoes, a can of white beans and a lot of course ground pepper. I simmered it for another loooong time. Oh, my, it was the best soup! I had a huge bowl of it for my dinner, saved some for the next day, and froze the rest.
So....the plums were disappointing, but the rest of the day was quite productive!