How to Make Whole Spiced Wild Plums: An Illustrated Guide
Wild Plums Ready to Harvest
Heavenly Wild Plums
Preserved whole wild plums may be used as a dessert, side dish, or in a relish tray. There are several recipe variations for preserving them, and I'm about to show you my favorite.
This recipe is time-consuming, but it's not complicated. It takes three days to produce this delectable treat. Most of this time is spent waiting for them to soak in spices and sugar. This fruit is worth the extra effort. Each piece looks like a jewel and is practically glacéd. You will have trouble keeping out of it, once you open a properly matured, finished jar.
How Did Your Plums Turn Out?
Ingredients and Supplies
What you will need to make these:
- Fresh wild plums, any variety
- Spices and sugar (ground cinnamon, allspice, and cloves)
- White vinegar
- Boiling waterbath or steam canner
- Canning jars (any size), with appropriate lids (I prefer pints for whole wild plums)
- Jar lifter
- Tongs, or magnetic lid lifter
- Sauce pot, for boiling syrup
- Colander, for draining plums
- Canning funnel (has a wide mouth which fits just inside jar rims)
- Thin-bladed knife, needle, sewing pin, or dinner fork (for pricking plums)
- Crock, or large bowl (glass or stainless steel), for soaking plums
Step 1--Wash Fresh Wild Plums; Drain
Step 2--Prick Plums; Place in Crock
Step 3--Prepare Syrup
In a large pot, combine, per 4 quarts of wild plums:
- 6 cups of sugar (don't skimp in this recipe)
- 1 cup distilled white vinegar, 4-6% acidity
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves, or 4 whole cloves
Boil all together 5 minutes. Pour syrup over plums in crock, and let stand 24 hours. Drain syrup off plums, reheat, and pour over plums once again, to stand another 24 hours.
Plums in Crock
Step 4--Prepare Jars
Step 5--Pack Plums Into Jars, Process in Boiling Waterbath Canner
The third day, drain and set aside syrup in a saucepan. Heat the syrup to boiling. Pack the plums into jars to within 1/2" of the rims (1/2" headspace).
Wild Plum Wine (also Crab Apple Wine): Another Great Use for Your Wild Plums
© 2010 Joilene Rasmussen