Plum Butter


A delicious fruit butter to spread on warm bread, toast, or scones, or use it on a sandwich or a sponge cake. A lovely way to preserve the flavor of local plums for enjoyment year-round.

close up view of Plum Butter in jars with red and white caps, next to a fresh plum on a wooden board
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
6 hrs 45 mins
Additional Time:
12 hrs
Total Time:
18 hrs 55 mins
4 cups


  • 4 ½ pounds plums, pitted and diced

  • ¼ cup water, or as needed

  • 1 cup white sugar


  1. Place plums in a large stockpot and add enough water to cover the bottom of stockpot; cook over very low heat, stirring occasionally, until plums are broken down, about 2 hours. Remove stockpot from heat and cool for 2 hours.

  2. Return stockpot to stovetop over low heat; cook gently for 2 to 3 hours. Remove from heat and keep at room temperature, 8 hours to overnight.

  3. Cook plums over low heat, stirring occasionally, about 2 hours. Remove from heat and let stand at room temperature for 2 hours.

  4. Bring plums to a boil; add sugar, lower heat, and simmer until thickened, about 15 minutes.

  5. Sterilize jars and lids in boiling water for at least 5 minutes. Pack plum butter into hot jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of the top. Run a clean knife or thin spatula around the insides of the jars to remove any air bubbles. Wipe the rims of the jars with a moist paper towel to remove any food residue. Top with lids and screw on rings.

  6. Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot and fill halfway with water. Bring to a boil and lower jars into the boiling water using a holder. Leave a 2-inch space between the jars. Pour in more boiling water if necessary to bring the water level to at least 1 inch above the tops of the jars. Bring the water to a rolling boil, cover the pot, and process for 15 minutes.

  7. Remove the jars from the stockpot and place onto a cloth-covered or wood surface, several inches apart, until cool. Press the top of each lid with a finger, ensuring that the seal is tight (lid does not move up or down at all). Store in a cool, dark area.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

54 Calories
0g Fat
14g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 32
Calories 54
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 6mg 31%
Calcium 4mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 101mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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