Vanilla-Citrus Plums

Save summer-fresh plums for the months to come by following this boiling-water canner recipe. We sweetened up the plums just a little with fresh vanilla bean, so they're a great choice for a dessert that reminds you of warmer weather.

Vanilla-Citrus Plums
Photo: Karla Conrad
Prep Time:
1 hrs
Process Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
3 to 4 pints


  • 2 pound plums

  • 1 lemon

  • 2 ½ cup water

  • 1 ¼ cup sugar

  • teaspoon salt

  • ½ vanilla bean, split lengthwise


  1. Quarter and pit plums. Using a vegetable peeler, cut 2- to 3- inch strips of peel from half of the lemon (one for each jar). Using a paring knife, scrape any white pith from strips of peel. Squeeze juice from lemon; measure 3 Tbsp. juice.

  2. For syrup, in a 4- to 6-quart pot combine the 3 Tbsp. lemon juice, the water, sugar, and salt. Scrape seeds from the vanilla bean half and add to the syrup. Discard pod. Bring to boiling, stirring to dissolve sugar.

  3. Pack plums and lemon peel into hot sterilized pint canning jars, leaving a 1-inch headspace. Ladle hot syrup over plums, maintaining the 1-inch headspace. Wipe jar rims; adjust lids and screw bands.

  4. Process filled jars in a boiling-water canning for 20 minutes (begin timing when water returns to boiling). Remove jars from canner; cool on wire racks.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

82 Calories
21g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 14
Calories 82
% Daily Value *
Sodium 18mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Total Sugars 20g
Vitamin C 7mg 35%
Calcium 5mg 0%
Iron 0.1mg 1%
Potassium 105mg 2%
Folate, total 3.7mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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