Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Plum Sauce

I was talking with one of my co-workers last week about fruit trees and such and she happened to say something about if I ever knew someone who could use some plums to let her I did.

And she brought me all these beautiful plums yesterday. So today since I have a half a day off on Wednesdays now (they go to the field trips and THANKFULLY I don't have to go) I set about using most of them today. A quick look on the Internet this morning came up with plum sauce. Frankly, now that I have made it, I would have called it plum ketchup because that is what it tastes like only it is spicier.

In a large pan combine:

2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1 cup apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons mustard seed
1 tablespoon salt
2 cloves of garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon ginger root chopped fine (I had to use dry as I had no fresh)
The next ingredient was supposed to be 2 tablespoons of finely chopped chili peppers but the stores didn't have any. I got these instead but can't remember the name of them.

Bring it all to a boil while stirring then add 10 cups pitted plums.

Bring it to a boil again and then turn it down to a simmer. Let simmer for an hour or so then use an immersion hand blender to turn it into sauce. Let simmer more until it thickens and is the consistency that you want. Mine went for another half hour/45 minutes.
I then water bath canned it for 20 minutes. It made just 3 1/2 pints so a good way to get rid of them when you have too many plums.
The recipe said it was good on pork so since tonight we are having pork ribs, I thought I would try it on a couple of those and see how we like it. I'll let you all know later.


  1. What a coincidence! There are an abundance of wild plum trees (also called sand hill plums) around our land. A couple of weeks ago, my husband, grandson and I picked about 3 gallons. I made plum jam and it turned out very tasty. (I did have that plum syrup thing happen, and had to empty my jars and add more pectin and cook it down, and re-water bath can it though!) Anyhow, 2nd time around it jelled right up and is great. If you go to pick any yourself, wear snake boots, it's like blackberry picking, very brushy!

  2. So I put the plum sauce on the ribs just like it was bbq sauce and it was really good. It was lightly sweet and not spicy at all once they cooked. Very nice flavor.

  3. I so love plum sauce. Now if only my plum tree would decided to produce. Last year I bought plums to make it. I'm sure I will again this year.

  4. It would probably be good with Chinese food too. Plum sauce is used a lot in Cantonese cuisine.

    1. It might be except I hardly ever try any Chinese recipes.

  5. Looks delicious! Bet it be good with all sorts of roasted or grilled meats

    1. We tried it on chicken and it was good too. It is now my favorite cooking sauce for meat.

  6. WOW, how good does that look? Thank you for sharing. Now I have to give extra love to my newly planted plum tree, ha.