Saturday, October 1, 2011

Plum Butter


I received a free bag of plums from a sweet lady this week and have been working on using them up.
Anytime I get produce for free, it is such a blessing to be able to create something we can use later.
I have made this recipe a couple of times now and it is delicious.
I am thinking about Christmas already and plan on pairing jars of plum butter with homemade scones to give to neighbors and friends:).


The recipe is from Mary Jane's Ideabook.

Plum Butter
16 cups prune plums {I used a different variety}
2 cups water
3 cups sugar
2 TBS. Chinese 5 Spice Powder
2 TBS Lemon juice
Wash plums well and drain.
Cut in half and remove pits.
Combine plums, water, and sugar in large stock pot.
Bring to a boil for 10 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent scorching.
Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes or until soft.
Remove from heat and puree fruit in a blender or food mill.
Return puree to pot and add lemon juice and Chinese 5 Spice Powder.
Cook on low for 2 hours, stirring frequently to prevent scorching.
{To test consistency, pour 1 TBS. of the hot plum butter onto a chilled plate. If no rim of liquid forms around the edge of the plum butter, it is ready for canning.}
Remove from heat and ladle plum butter into sterilized half-pint jars to within a 1/4 inch of jar top.
Process jars in boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
Yield: 10- eight ounce jars.
To make Chinese 5 Spice Powder: blend equal amounts of ground ginger, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom.
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Your house will smell soooo good!
We had it on toast for a snack and it was divine:).
Enjoy!

~Julia


8 comments:

Amanda said...

your killing me aleady!!!
such great post over here with all this preseving and cooking.

all are wonderful and your so right in that when it's been given to you for free you must CREATE!!!

Amy @ Homestead Revival said...

This looks really good! I have a bunch of apples and I'm planning to make apple butter this week (I hope!), but I hadn't ever tried plum butter.

I have to tell you... L.O.V.E. your blog! It's not very often that I come across one that incorporates both homesteading AND beauty, but I really believe one can do both.

Kristin said...

Julia~ I love all of these posts, too!
I am working on using up peaches.
Tomorrow I will be making....
Peach Cardamom Jam
Fresh Basil Peach
And Hot Pepper Peach.
Then I am going to try my hand at Lemon Honey Pear and Blueberry Grape Pomegranate.
I was thinking along the lines of Jams, with a loaf of homemade French Bread.

Thanks again for sharing!

Gumbo Lily said...

My mouth is watering. My aunt gave me some plums which are currently in the freezer. I'm thinking about this.

Jody

Bonnie said...

I have a bucket of purple wild plums sitting on my counter. This looks like a great way to use some more of them up.

Anonymous said...

Since I have recently discovered your blog, I am going through past postings. This plum butter sounds so good. Thanks for sharing the recipe for Chinese 5 spice. This would be such a festive Christmas treat to share with family and friends. I will be looking for plums this canning season.
Blessings and grace,
Beth

Erika Roberts said...

Oh how I love your blog! Just discovered it. My parents have a yellow plum tree that is over loaded this year. I think I am going to try this recipe out. Sounds yummy! Plus, I have never heard of Chinese 5 Spice. Excited to try it! ~Erika @ mishmashedme @ blogspot dot com

Kathe said...

Good morning, just wondering how much processed fruit you had when the 16 cups of plums were cooked. I have 12 cups of "prepared plums" in the fridge and trying to figure out the portions to your recipe. Thank you for your help and bless you for your blog. Its appreciated greatly in my life.

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