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Plum Preserves Recipe

Plum preserves, just like mom used to make!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Appetizers, Snacks
Cuisine: American, Assyrian
Servings: 56 servings
Calories: 54kcal


  • 3-¼ lbs. plums (pits removed)
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 medium lemon zested
  • 1 medium orange zested
  • ½ cup orange juice freshly squeezed


  • You will need seven 8 oz mason jars for this recipe.
  • Chop each plum into quarters and discard the seed. Weigh the plums with a kitchen scale to get three pounds.
  • Place ⅓ of the plums in a Dutch oven. Sprinkle with one cup of sugar. Repeat layering until all the sugar and plums are added. Sprinkle with the lemon and orange zest.
  • Heat over low flame until the sugar begins to dissolve, stirring occasionally.
  • Juice enough oranges to get half a cup of orange juice. In my case, it took two oranges to get a half a cup of juice.
  • Stir the orange juice into the plums and bring to a rolling boil. Lower the flame and set a timer for 30 minutes.
  • Eventually, the liquid will begin to rise and could boil over if you're not paying attention.
  • When you notice the liquid rising to the top of the pot, stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until the liquid recedes.
  • After cooking for 30 minutes, your preserves should reach the right consistency or gelling point. When that happens, ladle into sterilized jars, leaving ¼ inch head-space and process for 15 minutes in boiling water.


  • If you prefer to make your plum preserves without the skin, just blanch the plums for approximately 45 seconds after slicing an "X" on the bottom of each plum first. This helps when peeling the skin off the plums.
  • Remember that jam always thickens once it's refrigerated. Do not overcook.
  • To get a smoother texture, you can either use an immersion blender while the preserves is in the pot, or run the preserves through a food processor.


Serving: 2oz | Calories: 54kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 13g