Daily Archives: August 10, 2010

Plum Crazy

Several weeks ago I ventured across the river to my cousin’s abode.  What were once thought to be flowering plum trees, turned out to be fruiting trees.  Score!  Fresh, sun-ripened, organic plums, ready for the pickin’.  Having never worked with plums I decided to explore my recipe possibilities.  I decided my kitchen adventure should be to make and can a spicy plum chutney, as well as plum conserves.  Both recipes came from Food.com, formerly Recipezaar.

Spicy Plum Chutney
makes approximately 6 half pints

4 quarts (about 6 cups) plums, pitted and chopped (I used my food processor)
3 cups brown sugar
1 cup raisins
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup onion chopped
2 Tbsp mustard seed
2 Tsp dried ginger
1 Tsp fresh grated ginger
1 Tsp salt
1 jalapeno, diced
3 cups vinegar (I used 1.5 apple cider and 1.5 white)

Combine all ingredients in a large sauce pot and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until thick, stirring constantly.  Ladle into hot jars leaving 1/4″ head space and remove air bubbles; wipe rims and process in a BWB for 10 minutes.

Plum Conserves
makes approximately 6 half pints

5 cups plums, pitted and chopped (I used my food processor)
3 cups sugar
1 cup orange: peeled, seeded and chopped
1 cup raisins
orange rind from one orange, finely sliced
1 cup chopped pecans
1 Tsp cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a large sauce pot except for pecans.  Bring mixture to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved.  Continue cooking until almost reaching gelling point, approximately 15 minutes at a rolling boil.  Add pecans and continue cooking, stirring 5 more minutes.  Ladle into hot jars leaving 1/4″ head space and remove air bubbles; wipe rims and process for 15 minutes in a BWB.

Both recipes turned out deliciously awesome!

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