How to Make Whole Spiced Wild Plums: An Illustrated Guide
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A Heavenly Variation of Simple Canned Wild Plums
In a previous article, I showed you how to prepare whole wild plums, canned, to be used as a dessert, side-dish, or in a relish tray. Now, I will show you a wonderful variation of these:
Spiced Wild Plums
This variation is a bit more time consuming, but not complicated. It takes three days to produce Spiced Wild Plums. Most of that 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 glaced. You will have trouble keeping out of it, once you open a properly matured, finished jar.
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 wider 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
Method - Step One - Wash Fresh Wild Plums; Drain
Step Two - Prick Plums; Place in Crock
Step Three - Prepare Syrup
In a large pot, combine, per 4 quarts of wild plums, combine:
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.
Step Four - Prepare Jars
Step Five - 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).
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