Recipes for pickled plums in several ways. Which option will you choose?

Did you know that plums have many health benefits, such as relief from constipation or flu infections?

Keep their healthy effects all year round!

We have great tips for canning plums that will make it a breeze.

Enjoy luxurious jam, preserves with or without sugar or even vinegar for salads.

Pickling for canning

When preparing the pickle, it depends on how many jars you will be canning, you can also prepare a weaker pickle – it depends on each of us.


  • 1 ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 4 cups of water


  • Heat the water and sugar mixture on the stove in a large enough pot.
  • As soon as the sugar dissolves in the boiling water, you are done.
Pickled plums in a jar.

Canning without pickle

You can also preserve plums without pickle. All you need is plums and mason jars!


  • plums
  • canning jars


  • First, wash the plums thoroughly, as with any fruit, remove dirt and stems.
  • Peel the plums and remove the stone.
  • If you want to preserve the plums whole, just pierce them with a fork on each side.
  • Put them in jars – don’t worry about squeezing them, they will shrink anyway during boiling.
  • Close and tighten the jars properly.
  • Put them in a canning pot and pour water into the pot – the jars should be completely submerged in the water.
  • Keep a close eye on the thermometer, as soon as the temperature reaches 100 degrees, turn off the stove.
  • Remove the glasses from the pot only after the water has cooled.
  • Finally, store them in a chamber that should be dark and cool.
Pickled plums in a jar.

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Canning plums in the oven

Canning plums in the oven has a big advantage – many more jars fit in the oven than in the canning pot.


  • plums
  • infusion
  • canning jars
  • deep baking tray
  • newspapers or leaflets


  • Prepare and clean a sufficient number of mason jars with lids.
  • Also prepare the pickle, which needs to be left to cool.
  • Then preheat the oven to 150 degrees Celsius.
  • Wash the plums thoroughly, get rid of various impurities such as stems or leaves.
  • You can pound them as you like.
  • Put them in the glasses and cover them with the pickle up to the rim.
  • Prepare a deep tray and line it with a thick layer of newspapers or leaflets – you can also use old tea towels or towels.
  • Place the glasses on the tray about 5 centimeters apart – do not cover them with lids.
  • Place in the oven and bake for about 50-60 minutes.
  • As soon as the plums are baked, take them out of the oven and immediately cover them properly – lids with a rubber thread are the most suitable.
  • Let them cool overnight and then place them in the chamber.
Pickled plums in jars.

Pickling plums in the microwave

One of the easiest ways to preserve plums is to cook them in the microwave. Our guide will make it a breeze!


  • plums
  • infusion
  • canning jars with lids
  • plastic bowl

Preparation process:

  • Prepare clean canning jars.
  • Prepare an infusion of sugar and water.
  • Clean the plums thoroughly and remove the pits and stems.
  • Cut each plum in half and fill the glasses with them.
  • Fill the filled glasses up to the brim with the prepared pickle and close the lids.
  • Put the glass in a plastic bowl and put it in the microwave.
  • Set the power to 700 W.
  • Set the oven timer for 6 minutes.
  • If there are multiple glasses in the microwave, place them 1 centimeter apart.
  • Multiply the time by the number of glasses – turn on two glasses for 12 minutes.
  • Once done, place the jars upside down on the prepared tea towel.
  • Allow the jars to cool and store in a cool, dark place.
Pickled plums in jars.

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Instructions for canning without sugar

Plums have a great taste on their own, so it’s a shame to spoil it with added sugar. Try our tutorial!


  • soft plums
  • canning jars


  • We will prepare pre-sterilized canning jars and appropriate lids.
  • Wash the plums thoroughly, cut them in half and remove the pits.
  • We put them in glasses and fill them with water up to the edge.
  • Seal them tightly and place them in a canning pot.
  • Cook at 80 degrees for about 20 minutes.
  • Then remove them from the pot and place them lid side down on a tea towel.
  • Leave to cool overnight and store in a dark room.
Pickled plums in jars.

Preserved plums for pie

Prepare luxurious plums that you can take out of the pantry at any time and use them in your favorite pie!


  • 5.5 kilograms of plums
  • 4 ½ cups of sugar
  • vanilla
  • cinnamon
  • lemon peel


  • Remove any unwanted dirt from the plums and cut them in half.
  • Put them in a large pot and cover them with sugar.
  • Start heating them slowly to release the juices.
  • Then increase the flame so that the plums are cooked for an hour.
  • For the next hour, reduce the heat to low for consistency and add the vanilla pod, cinnamon and lemon zest.
  • The jam should be neither too thin nor too stiff.
  • After cooking, remove the vanilla pod, cinnamon and lemon zest.
  • Pour them hot into clean glasses, cover and turn them upside down – let them cool overnight.
  • Store in a cool, dark place.
Pickled plums in jars with fresh plums and a knife placed next to them.

You can also preserve apricots and preserve your favorite fruit all year round!

Other ways to preserve the benefits of plums

Plum vinegar

This homemade vinegar made from plums is excellent for cooking or as a salad dressing.


  • Place 2 cups of chopped plums in a large glass jar (about 2 quarts).
  • Combine 4 cups warm water and 1 teaspoon granulated sugar and stir until completely dissolved.
  • Pour the sugar water to the plums into the glass.
  • Cover the opening of the jar with two layers of thin cloth tied around the neck of the jar with string or a rubber band.
  • Place the container in a place where it is not too hot or, on the contrary, cold.
  • Leave the plums in the jar for 6-8 weeks.
  • Finally, pour the vinegar into a clean glass container, cover with a plastic lid and store in a cool, dark place.
Plum vinegar in a glass bottle.

Pickled plums

This method of preservation is suitable for storing in the refrigerator. Plums combined with cinnamon taste absolutely divine!


  • In a large pot, make a marinade of 2 cups vinegar, 4 cups granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons cloves, and 1 cinnamon stick.
  • Bring the infusion to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes – then leave to cool.
  • Clean, wash and stack the plums in jars.
  • Pour the marinade over them, close and let them mature for at least 10 days.
  • Store them in the fridge.
Pickled plums in a jar with fresh plums next to it.

Plum jam

This plum jam goes well with cakes, muffins, pancakes or ice cream. You can make it with or without pectin.


  1. Wash two kilos of plums, cut them in half, discard the stones and place the plums in a large pot.
  2. If you do NOT use pectin and leave the jam to soak for a long time, there is no need to chop the plums as they will break up on their own and you can always mash the jam later or use an immersion blender to blend it if you don’t want so many chunks in it.
  3. If you ARE USING pectin, the jam will only need to cook for a few minutes and the plums will not fall apart, so chop the plums.
  4. Add 4 cups of sugar and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and heat the contents of the pot, initially on medium heat, so as not to burn the plums or sugar.
  5. As soon as the juices from the plums begin to flow, you can increase the temperature.
  6. If NOT using pectin: Sauté the plums, uncovered, until a thermometer reads 105 degrees C.
  7. This is important so that the jam hardens and is not too liquid.
  8. If you ARE USING pectin: Follow the directions on the package of the pectin you are using.
  9. Collect the foam.
  10. If you prefer, you can use a potato masher or a hand-held immersion blender to blend the jam until you reach the desired consistency.
  11. Pour hot jam into sterilized jars and wipe the rims with a damp towel to make sure there is no jam on them.
  12. Fill each glass so that the jam reaches about 0.6 cm below the top of the glass.
  13. Wash the lids, put them on the jars and screw on the sterilized rings.
  14. Boil them in a water bath for 10 minutes.
  15. Carefully remove the jars and let them sit undisturbed for 24 hours before removing the rings (optional) and storing them in a cool place.
  16. Lasts up to a year.
  17. Store in the fridge after opening, it will keep for at least a month.
  18. The recipe is for about 7 pints.
Plum jam in a jar with fresh plums next to it.

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