Plum Conserve

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Plum Conserve is a rustic, chunky preserve that’s the perfect spread for toast or scones, and makes a great addition to cheese plates!

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In my second week of cooking school we tackled preserving, which was something that I was really looking forward to.  

I enjoyed the process very much, and we had a giveaway at school and got to pick out jars of bread and butter pickles, spicy apple chutney, marmalade, etc. and take them home.  

I got a big jar of this Plum Conserve because I made it at school.  I’d never had a conserve before, and was it ever delicious! šŸ™‚

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I asked my teacher what the difference was between a conserve and jam, and she said basically it’s made with raisins and walnuts, and it’s more versatile than jam.  

Conserves may be used as a condiment for meats, spread on toast or scones, or as an addition to a cheese plate an appetizer!

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How to make Plum Conserve

This plum conserve recipe is very easy.  

Chop the oranges — peel and all — and pulse them in the food processor until coarsely chopped.  

Pop all of the ingredients into the saucepan and simmered for 2 – 2 1/2 hours until the conserve is thick and jelly-like.  

The conserve has a deep plum flavor which was only enhanced by the orange and raisins.  Those walnuts added a nice crunch as well. šŸ™‚

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How to can this plum preserve recipe

  • Whenever preserving, the only thing to remember is that the jars and lids must be sterilized.  The jars are baked in a 200 degree oven on a rimmed baking sheet until ready to fill, and have the lids boiling in a saucepan on the stove top until the jars are filled.  
  • Be careful not to touch the lids before sealing the jars — simply remove from the water with tongs, shake off the water, and place them directly on the filled jars.

I’ve already decided that I’m going to do some different preserves for Christmas instead of baking a thousand cookies like I usually do.  Receiving a jar full of goodness like this is so special.  

I realize plum season is pretty much gone, but I’m going to try this with cranberries.  I’m sure any number of fruits can be used, and I can’t wait to try them! šŸ™‚

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More spreads you’ll love:

Apricot jam

Chia seed jam

Fig jam

Raspberry jam by Delish

Strawberry jam

Plum Conserve

Yield: (8) 8 ounce jars
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes

Plum Conserve is a preserve made from fresh plums, oranges, raisins, and walnuts. Use it to impress guests as an appetizer with a baguette and hard cheese, or simply to spread on toast. It's versatile and utterly delicious.

Plum Conserve


  • 3 pounds of plums, pitted and quartered
  • 2 large oranges, seeded and quartered
  • 1 pound of raisins
  • 6 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup raw walnut halves


  1. Place the quartered oranges in a food processor and pulse till coarsely chopped. Combine the plums, oranges, raisins, and sugar in a large pot. Simmer on medium low for 2 - 2 1/2 hours or until thick and jelly-like. Add the nuts and heat through.
  2. When the conserve begins to thicken, preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Place mason jars on a rimmed baking sheet and keep them in the warm oven until ready to fill. Place the lids in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Continue to boil the lids gently until the jars have been filled with the conserve. When the jars have been filled, make sure to wipe any excess conserve around the top with a clean, damp towel. Remove the lids from the boiling water with tongs, shake off any excess water, and place directly over the filled jars one by one. Seal with the rings.
  3. Conserve may be stored in a cool, dry place until ready to use. Refrigerate after opening. Enjoy!


  • Recipe adapted from Tante Marie Cooking School, San Francisco, CA.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 94Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 20gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information is mean to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made.

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