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Quick Plum Preserves

Makesabout 2 1/2 cups
  • Active time:45 min
  • Start to finish:2 hr
July 2002
  • 2 lb firm-ripe red, black, or fresh prune plums, halved and pitted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • Coarsely chop plums and stir together with sugar, water, and cinnamon stick in a 2-quart heavy saucepan. Simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally (more often toward end of cooking to prevent sticking), until thickened and reduced to about 2 1/2 cups, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Discard cinnamon stick and cool preserves. Transfer to an airtight container and chill, covered.
Cooks’ note: Preserves keep, chilled, 1 month.
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