Canning Plums

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If you have more plums than you can eat right away, canning them use later in the year is a great option. Can your your ripe plums and they will be ready to eat when you and your family want. This is a page about canning plums.


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I use the extra plums to make "Plum Good". I put them in a large jar, add sugar and a bottle of vodka and let it set for about 3 months. When ready, we enjoy the cordial and the liquor infused plums.

By Elaine D. from Chicago, IL

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May 23, 2013

My first experience with plums was a very happy one. I was all of five and my friend and I were playing on the side of an incline into a ditch beside the street. The house behind us had a fence around the backyard and we sat, playing cards and dolls under this tree.


It was a nice shade tree in the summer but by late summer it had grown into a snack tree. It had the most wonderful sweet fruit. The skin was a deep purple-red and the inside was refreshing on a hot day. We ate lots as the day went on. We both loved those plums.


Preparing the Jars

To prepare the jars, they can be washed in a dishwasher if it has a sanitized cycle. The jars can be left in the dishwasher on a heat cycle. The lids need to be washed and left in the hot water. The canner needs to be filled so that there will be an inch of boiling water over the top of the jars.

Preparing the Fruit

Plums can be picked yourself or you may want to find a good farmer's market. If you figure about 2 pounds per quart, you can figure how much you need for what you plan to can. The plums should be a deep, rich color of purple. Be sure to do a taste test to see if the plum is sweet and ripe. What you put in that can is what you will get out. If the plum isn't tasty now, it won't be when it comes from the can either.


Making Simple Syrup

You can use either water or simple syrup when canning plums. The water will have to be hot if you use it. If you are going to use syrup, make it now. Light syrup would be 2 cups of sugar to 4 cups of water, medium syrup would be 3 cups of sugar to 4 cups of water, and heavy syrup would be 4 3/4 cups of sugar to 4 cups of water.

Start heating the water in a saucepan and add sugar gradually. Bring to a gentle boil and boil until the sugar is completely dissolved. Keep boiling gently for about 5 minutes. I would suggest light syrup for plums.

Canning the Plums

  1. Decide whether the plums will be canned whole. If you want them cut in half, be sure that you remove the stone (seed). You need to remove the stem and wash them. If they are to be canned whole, they need to be pricked with a fork on each side of the plum.

  2. Add plums to the syrup for 2 to 3 minutes with the syrup boiling. Fill the jars with plums and pour syrup over the plums. The air bubbles will need to be removed and headspace should be at 1/2 inch.

  3. Wipe the jar tops and place the lids on. Add the bands and put the jars into the water bath. Be sure the water is boiling and covers the jars with at least an inch of water. Add boiling water while processing if necessary.

  4. Process for 20 minutes. After the 20 minutes, remove the jars with the tongs and place them on a thick towel on the counter. Let the jars cool. Put an inch or two between them so they won't touch and break. Once they are cool, check the seal. Remove the bands and store in a cool, dark place.

By Mary Belk

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September 13, 2011

How do you can plums?

By Audrey from Johannesburg, MI


September 13, 20110 found this helpful

Either google it or look in one of the canning books that eithr Kerr or Ball puts out.

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