Preserve Your Own Fruit - Jarred Plums

These pretty jars look fab on your
 kitchen shelf or as gifts
As long as you sterilise your jars beforehand. Re-cycle used jam jars or buy them new. Then decorate with ribbon or whatever you please.

Sterilising Jars

Wash out used jars with hot water and washing up liquid. Use a bottle brush to clean around the rim.

Rinse the suds and sterilise in the dishwasher, a baby bottle sterilising unit or with sterilising fluid (rinse 

afterwards with cooled boiled water). 

Then you are ready to go...

Prepare your plums by rinsing them, cutting in half and removing the stones. Then place them in a pan of boiling water with two or three tablespoons of sugar in. This will create a light syrup.

Boil them for a couple of minutes then remove from the heat. Allow to cool.
Carefully put the plums in your jars - use a spoon but don't fill them right to the top. You need some head room. Funnel in the syrup just covering the plums.

Seal the jar with the sterile lid and place it in a pan of boiling water for 10 minutes. Ensure the jar is immersed.

You then take the jar out to cool which should seal the lid in the process.

I love these to have at home as they are a handy sweet treat. I also love plums in custard for a quick dessert.