2374 To keep plums fresh until Christmas

Kak sokhranit’ slivy vengerskija svezhimi na zimu do Rozhdestva Khristova

At midday after the dew has dried in good, dry, warm weather, cut plums from the tree with scissors. Immediately place each plum into a jar, sprinkling with millet, or pack into a keg, interlayering the fruit with cherry leaves or millet. Wrap the jars with a bladder, seal the top with tar, and bury in the basement in the ground one arshin deep. If storing the fruit in kegs, the kegs must be tarred all over and submerged in water.