Spiced Pluot Jam

Did you know that pluots provide many health benefits to your body, including good eye health and appetite control?

Pluots are also a great source of vitamin A and C, contain carotenoids, AND are an excellent source of fiber! What can you make with Pluots?

They make an AMAZING spiced jam!

INGREDIENTS

  • 5 1/2 cups coarsely chopped pluots, such as Flavor Supreme or Flavor King; or plums, such as Santa Rosa (from 3 lbs., two-thirds soft-ripe, the rest firm-ripe)
  • 3 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 6 peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 strips orange zest (each 1 by 1 1/2 in.; use a vegetable peeler)
  • 1/4 vanilla bean pod, split lengthwise
  • 1/2 teaspoon unsalted butter
  • How to Make It

METHOD

  1. In a large glass or stainless steel bowl, combine pluots, sugar, and lemon juice. Cover and let stand until mixture is very soupy and sugar has dissolved, 1 1/2 to 4 hours, stirring occasionally.
  2. Enclose peppercorns, bay leaf, orange zest, and vanilla bean in a 6- by 6-in. square of cheesecloth; tie tight with kitchen twine.
  3. Pour pluot mixture into a 5- to 6-qt. pot and add spice bundle and butter. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, set a small plate in the freezer and sterilize jars.
  4. Reduce heat to medium and cook jam at a low boil, stirring occasionally, until jam thickens somewhat and a small spoonful put on a cold plate thickens a bit, 40 to 60 minutes. Discard spice bundle, pressing juices into the pot.
  5. Ladle jam into sterilized jars, filling to 1/4 in. from tops of jars. Wipe rims clean. Attach rings and new lids, tightening firmly but not forcing. Process jars in a boiling water bath for 5 minutes (boil for 10 minutes at altitudes of 1,001 to 6,000 ft., 15 minutes above 6,000 ft.). Or let jars cool, then chill.

Make ahead: Up to 1 year at room temperature, processed, or 1 month, chilled.

*** We love to provide healthy, savory, happy recipes but remember we are not your doctor. Please follow the advice of your health-care provider about your diet and overall wellness and review labels for additional information on nutritional content.

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