I bought plums from Costco but they weren't very sweet. Rather than letting them go to waste, I decided to make preserves. It was SO easy and resulted in sweet, delicious preserves! I can't believe I waited so long to try this.
It was very helpful to have found a post with great info. That was key in deciding whether or not to attempt making plum preserves. Meeta at What's for lunch, Honey? wrote a very informative post about preserving jams, jellies, chutneys and relishes. I'm so glad I came across her blog as she has terrific info...check it out!
The actual recipe I adapted was found at Savory Sweet Life and I loved how Alice used three ingredients to make plum jam. Yes, THREE! I love easy recipes!
- 9 c chopped plums
- 6 c sugar
- 1 Meyer lemon, juiced
- Wash plums, remove pit and chop into bite-sized pieces. Leave the skin ON.
- Add chopped plums to large stock pot and add lemon juice. Cook over med heat for 5-8 mins.
- Add sugar, stir well and cook for an add'l 20-25 mins over med-low heat. Stir occasionally and watch carefully so it doesn't boil over and make a big mess.
- The fruit will break down as it cooks but I mashed some of the bigger chunks. I wanted a smooth but slightly chunky consistency. It was perfect.
- Store in canning jars, and if preserving, follow canning directions carefully. I used jars and Snaplock containers knowing the preserves would get eaten up quickly. :) I portioned it out and gifted to friends and family. I even stored a couple little containers in the freezer.