Balsamic-Plum Preserves

Balsamic-Plum PreservesRecipe
Photo: Becky Luigart Stayner
Try It With: Smoked turkey, pulled pork, fried green tomatoes, or warm baked brie.


Makes about 3 cups
Total time: 2 Hours, 26 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 10 Minutes
Total: 2 Hours, 26 Minutes


4 1/2 cups unpeeled and diced plums (about 2 1/2 lb.)
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 (1.75-oz.) package powdered fruit pectin
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil


1. Stir together all ingredients except basil in a 4-qt. microwave-safe glass bowl.

2. Microwave at HIGH 8 minutes (mixture will boil). Stir mixture, and microwave at HIGH 8 to 10 minutes or until thickened. (You're going for the viscosity of pancake syrup here. The mixture will thicken to soft-set preserves after it cools and chills.) Stir basil into warm preserves. Cool mixture completely (about 2 hours). Serve immediately, or cover and chill preserves in an airtight container until ready to serve. Store in refrigerator up to 3 weeks.