Monday, July 15, 2013

Umeboshi,"pickled plums" made by my husband♪

(posted; Japanese meal page)     Posting this to "Our World Tuesday"
Not every year, but I used to make "pickled plums"Umeboshi・梅干し as my husband wished to have them in his lunch box before retirement.
This year my husband surprised me saying that he would like to try making them by himself.  I thought I should end up helping him a lot.  However, he did his best and we satisfied with the taste of them.

 with salt and we can have juice

we have to dry them under the sun for several days

*Memories of 'Sour-Sweetness'*
As my late mother loved them and I've seen how she made.  I've known how much efforts it requires. Well, especially in hot summer my mother looked refreshed having this sour pickles.  This site will teach you a lot about health benefit out of them. Making these pickles requires a lot of process (link) to step. 

These lunch-box pics from PC-site

At the time of post-war period just several decades ago or another food shortage period, Japanese people had "hinomaru-benntou(日の丸弁当). Rising Sun flag-lunch box (literal translation)". As you can see it looks like our national flag.
Until my hubby retired, I used to make lunch box like the right-side one with Umeboshi in it.
PS> I really am so sorry for my absence to your blog. Besides visiting father, I got a little trouble with PC for several days... I promise I will visit you from tomorrow!!! (Seems writing this post took much energy from me, whew...)   
Night Night from Japan.


  1. i ate too many plums as a kid and now can hardly think about eating one. glad your husband's first attempt at pickling them was successful!

  2. I love plums and that looks delicious, my dear friend! I don't know that I would be as successful as you and your husband at making them, but it looks so very good, and healthy, too.

    My continued prayers are with your dad- you are such a good, loving daughter.

  3. They look delicious. If that is an example of what his lunches looked like, you were a very good wife ;>)! It's really great that your husband enjoys learning and doing new things in his retirement. (Mine was/is exactly like yours, but so many people we know just sit after they are retired and that's not good!)

    It was interesting to read about meals that were made during food-shortage times. I have my mother's Depression-era cookbook and we still enjoy many of those recipes too.

  4. How wonderful that your hubby offered to make your pickled plums. I have had plums before but not pickled. Thanks for sharing, have a happy week!

  5. I have never heard of pickled plums before. We have them either fresh, stewed or in a jam.

  6. Oh umeboshi! I can almost feel the sour taste in my mouth just by looking at your photos :-) Home-made ones must taste really good especially after lots of work making them! My mom makes ume-shu at home. It's quite good, too :-)
    I hope your father is doing well. Have a great week, Miyako san!

  7. Dearest Miyako,
    We did eat them also in Tokyo when we arrived from the USA. I like them and the way you prepared them, according to your Mother's way, that is a true labor of love!
    Hugs to you,

  8. Dear Miyako,

    How lovely that you pickled your plums - I have tasted these in a Japanese Restaurant over here.
    Do hope that your dear Father is doing better.
    Sending hugs

  9. Mmm... how delicious!

  10. Dearest Miyako sama,
    It was nice to see Hinomaru-Benntou
    when your father see me to enjoy feeling with umeboshi.
    Hayaku Owuchin Okaeri kudasai mase.
    Have a wonderful day Miyako san!

  11. The look delicious. My granddaughter made sushi for dinner last night, they to were delicious but those pickled plums seem so special.

  12. My sweet Miyako, these pickled plums look so delicious! I always love learning about your culture's recipes. I am so sorry to hear of the problems you have had with your father and also apologize for my lengthy absence. I have not kept up with my own blog very well as so much has been going on. I also wanted to let you know that my beautiful King passed away a few weeks ago and to thank you for all of the beautiful comments you have posted about him in the past. All my love, your friend Mina

  13. Dearest Miyako,

    so a special pickled plum, love them much. but honestly I have never eat them with rice. I think I should visit Japanese restaurant for a try;)
    sorry for my late dear friend.. I will back tomorrow for a visit another post. already midnight;)
    hugs to you

  14. well done! we have bottles to pickle but every year the only thing they get in them is dust.