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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Pickled Plums - Pink Saturday



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...We won't see local berries for another year, but our farmer's markets still have abundant supplies of peaches, plums and pears. We've had lots of desserts lately, so I'm trying to find more savory ways in which to use the bounty. Bob found some beautiful chops at the pork store today, and while I was puzzling how I wanted to prepare them, I remembered an old recipe from Gourmet magazine. The recipe was for grilled chops that were served with pickled plums. I had a recollection of liking the plums well enough to serve them with all kinds of grilled meat. I have a tendency to love certain recipes to death. I make them so often I tire of them and they end up in the box that serves as my recipe graveyard. I suspected I'd find "my" plum pickle there. While it required some digging, I unearthed the recipe and within an hour had pickled plums to serve with our luscious pork chops. The recipe is very easy to do. If you have a small family, make a half portion of the pickle. Chances are pretty high that children won't touch them, so be forewarned and save yourself some grief. Most adults really like these. They should be served in the same way you would serve a salsa or chutney. If you are looking for something different to brighten your grilled meats, I think you'll really like this pickle. Here's the recipe.

Pickled Plums ...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite inspired by Gourmet magazine

Ingredients:
2-1/2 pounds assorted plums (about 10)
2 medium red onions
2 cups water
2 cups red-wine vinegar
2-1/4 cups sugar
3 cinnamon sticks
1-1/2 teaspoons whole allspice
1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions:
1) Pit plums and cut into 1/2-inch wedges. Cut onions into 3/4-inch pieces and transfer with plums to a 10-cup (2 1/2-quart) heatproof glass jar with a lid.
2) Place vinegar, water, sugar, cinnamon sticks, allspice,cloves and salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Immediately pour over plums and onions.
3) Cool mixture, uncovered. Refrigerate, covered, for at least 6 hours. Pickled plums can be kept, refrigerated, for 1 week. Yield: 12 servings.

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Pickled Plums and Onions - Pham Fatale
Pepper Pork with Chipotle Plum Sauce - Neo-Homesteading
Kabob Party: Easy Grilled Plums with Rosemary Balsamic Glaze - SippitySup
Beef Up Your Beef: Santa Rosa Plum and Mushroom Sauce - The Baking Barrister

This post is being linked to:
Pink Saturday, sponsored by Beverly at How Sweet the Sound.

45 comments :

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Really neat! I canned pickled peaches this year for the first time, I can't wait to serve them at Thanksgiving! Mary, I hope you'll consider a pumpkin recipe for the the Pumpkin Party-that would be great:@)

Spoon and Chopsticks said...

That's really cool. Nice and easy steps.

Ginny said...

This does look easy, for a pickling recipe. And very pretty! I've not heard of it, only pickled beets, which I think everyone makes!

Satya said...

awesome ...love the color of pickle ...never know we can make plum pickle also

Satya
http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

scrambledhenfruit said...

I love pickled peaches, so I'm sure these plums would also be fabulous. Thanks!

Joanne said...

This sounds a lot like the pickled cherries I made this summer, which I LOVED. I bet these would be great over a pork chop!

Roshan said...

nice pickles would love to try

alison said...

pickled plums,so interesting recipe,looks so pink!

Monet said...

I've never tried pickled plums or peaches...and now I'm so curious! And of course, you can't beat the color here! What a vibrant shade of purple. Thanks for sharing these with us!

Adelina said...

a brilliant pickle and a great idea...I imagine I could use it with?? any suggestions for picky vegetarians? Wish we had a wider variety of produce on our farmer's market....but that's central Texas ...

Sue said...

I'm just tickled by this pickled plum recipe. (Try saying THAT 3 times fast.) I can think of so many things to serve it with.

I'm thinking, though, of cutting the pickling liquid and other ingredients (except the plums) in half and just serving them as a garnish and not packing them into jars...which WOULD require a lot more liquid. Yummy, I can't wait to try it.

Nina Timm said...

I see me having pickled pliums with som many recipes....roast duck, pork loin.......and it will happen in my very near future!!
Have a good day Mary!!

Katerina said...

The procedure of pickling fruits and veggies helps you enjoy them even when they are off season. This is such a great idea to preserve them.

kitchen flavours said...

I did not know that plums can be pickled! Got to give this a try. The method is the same as my pickled ginger which I have just posted actually! Thank you for sharing this recipe. Have a lovely weekend!

Sushma Mallya said...

Pickled plums are really new to me,never heard abt this before but sounds good and its got a lovely colour as well...thanks for sharing mary and have a wonderful weekend,take care

High Plains Drifters said...

lovely color. still two pickling projects behind before I can get to this one ... or maybe I should just give up trying to keep up? cheers!

Lucie said...

Great recipe, Mary! I am constantly amazed by the pickling process and love reading about new things to pickle. I could eat pickled asparagus all day long!

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Hi Mary,
questa รจ la mia frutta preferita estiva !!!
Gustosissima preparata in questo modo !
Buona giornata :)
Myriam

Priya said...

Very colourful pickle, never had them,thanks for sharing..

From the Kitchen said...

I happen to have a pork tenderloin waiting for an "escort". I have everything but the plums but am off to the farmers' market. Thanks for helping me out with dinner.

Best,
Bonnie

Angie's Recipes said...

I first thought they were beetroots...pickled plums sound really appetizing and tasty!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Ahhhhhhh my plums are finished. Next year........ Diane

Faith said...

I love the idea of savory pickled plums! I can imagine that they're absolutely delicious with so many dishes...and they're beautiful too!

Rita said...

I have never heard of pickled plums, but they must be superb!
Rita

Katy ~ said...

Pickled plums...I've only had the ones my mother bought from the Japanese food store... I shall have to try these.

My Little Space said...

Mary, your pickled and relish are my favourite recipes! Adore the plum pickled... so beautiful! Thank you and have a great weekend.
Blessings, Kristy

penny aka jeroxie said...

simplicity is the best!

Maggie said...

Oh how yummy!

Happy Pink Saturday!

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Maggie Mae @
"Do These Shoes Match this Purse?"

nanny said...

I love pickled anything....but plums sound especially good!!!

We Are Not Martha said...

These are SO pretty! I've never thought about pickling plums, but now I really want to :) Awesome post!

Sues

Gloria said...

Dear Mary this look absolutely nice, waht nice picture,love the colour! blessings

Big Boys Oven said...

wow I just love this pickled plums, I will get some plums tomorrow at the market. stragely I had a few sip of japanese plum liqour just now! ;)

Big Boys Oven said...

wow I just love this pickled plums, I will get some plums tomorrow at the market. stragely I had a few sip of japanese plum liqour just now! ;)

Margie said...

Ohhh ... they are so beautiful! The color is almost the same as the color of my red beet eggs when I make them! I've never had pickled plums and can't imagine what they would taste like. I just might have to try it!

Have a lovely Pink Saturday!
Margie

pommes cannelles said...

I do not know the pickled plums!
color is sublime
see you soon

San said...

Wow wonderful n an inviting click.My taste bud really needs the pickle right away .Nice way of indulging in plums which iam a big fan of .

Katie@Cozydelicious said...

These are beautiful! I have never had pickled plums but next time I grill pork chops these are on the menu!

Claudia said...

Now this would be good with grilled meats. Thanks for the recipe! (I cook certain dishes to death also)

aipi said...

Can't get over the color..really wonderful!!

US Masala

Donnie said...

Those look so good. Can never have enough recipes, I say...Happy Pink Saturday.

Cheah said...

This looks so nice, esp. the striking colour but plums can be pretty expensive in this part of the globe!

Jess @ Bakericious said...

looks good, nice color too.

Eliana said...

I would have never thought to pickle plums but it sounds so tangy and delicious!

Cool Man Toole said...

Sounds delicious. Hopefully my young trees will produce next year and I try this. P.S. Plums naturally come in so many colors that I'm sure this could come in pink, purple, red, orange, yellow or green without ever having to add artificial color.

Self Sagacity said...

I have never had any - it must be good.

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