Homemade Wild Plum Preserves

Posted By on August 20, 2012

This past weekend, my wife and I were hauling some wood to the back of our property when we made a remarkable discovery. The back of our land has a stand of trees on it, along with a bunch of junk that we need to get rid of. We were unloading our wood, when my wife looked over at the area above some of our dogwood and spotted a bunch of fruit hanging off of a tree. It turned out to be a wild plum tree! We spent some time digging back through the brush, and cleared out some of the junk. I then grabbed a ladder, climbed up, and gathered well over 100 wild plums from a tree that has been stunted by all the dogwood it is growing in.

Wild Plums

Wild Plums

With these plums, we made 6 1/2 pints of wild plum preserves! Here is how we did it.

One pint:
1 1/3 cups of de-pitted fruit.
1 1/2 tablespoons of pectin.
1 2/3 cups of sugar.

Sugar

Sugar


Pectin

Pectin


1. Wash every plum and make sure you have no rotten plums. I found a few and they were nasty.

2. Take the pits out of the plums. I did this by cutting off an edge, and squeezing the plum pit out. I lost a little bit of the fruit doing this, but then I just scraped it off the cutting board when we were done.

Getting the Pits Out

Getting the Pits Out


3. When you get all the pits out, you will be left with the skins and inside fruit. You can take the skins out if you want, but I think they add quite a bit to the preserves when it is done. Place this mixture into a pot, add a small amount of water, and begin mashing the fruit mixture so that everything turns into a thick ‘jam-like’ mixture.
Cooking

Cooking


4. Bring this mixture to a boil and then add your pectin and sugar. This will cause the boiling to stop, so bring it back to a boil while mixing continuously.
Adding Sugar

Adding Sugar


5. Once it starts boiling, boil for a few minutes then let it cool as you pour it into your jars. That’s it. πŸ™‚
Preserves

Preserves!

Depending on your fruit, this makes an amazing fruit preserve. Our wild plums taste so sweet, they almost taste artificially sweet. The first thing I thought of when I ate one was eat a Mr. Freezie that you would buy from the store. But of course this is probably better for you…as long as you don’t eating too much. There is a lot of sugar in one pint, so keep it low key!

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2 Responses to “Homemade Wild Plum Preserves”

  1. Lynn says:

    What a great discovery in the woods! I love finding a “new” tree on our property. I wish that we had a wild plum tree — that would be splendid.

    Plum jam/preserves are soooo good. Good job! BTW, this is my jam-of-choice to add into my slow-cooking (crockpot) sauce for meatballs. I add in a pint of homemade chili sauce and a few other ingredients — delicious!

    • Jonathan says:

      I only wish we had more woods to explore, so we could find more surprise trees. πŸ™‚ It turns out our neighbor has a wild plum tree as well…he just found it this summer and tried one. He loved it.

      I love your idea for putting preserves in meatball sauce! That just made me so hungry… πŸ™‚

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