Spiced Plum Conserve

Spiced Plum ConserveRecipe
Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett


Experiment with your favorite seasonal fruit, including muscadines. This conserve also pairs well with roasted or smoked pork shoulder.



Makes about 6 cups
Total time: 1 Hour, 15 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 35 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour, 15 Minutes


6 pounds red plums, quartered
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup whole cloves
3 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
3 cups sugar


1. Bring first 4 ingredients to a boil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally; reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 20 minutes or until mixture thickens. Pour through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a large bowl, discarding solids. Clean Dutch oven. Return plum mixture to Dutch oven.

2. Bring to a boil over medium heat; add sugar, and simmer, stirring often, 10 minutes or until slightly thickened. Let stand 15 minutes. Use immediately, or refrigerate in an airtight container up to 3 weeks.