Plum Sauce

31 Mar, 2021

Plums are a delicious treat, and home growers will know how generous a healthy tree can be! The plum season has just come to an end, and you may have a collection of plums in your fridge or freezer – what better way to use them than homemade plum sauce. Plum sauce can be used with meat, gourmet sausages, to add flavour to stews or even as a pizza base – perfect with venison salami, blue cheese and walnuts.


500g plums, chopped
1 brown onion, diced
½ cup water
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup red wine vinegar
4 tsp grated ginger
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 star anise
½ tsp five spice
55ml soy sauce
Sterilised jar


  1. Put all ingredients into a saucepan and heat until simmering.
  2. Simmer for approximately 30 minutes, until ingredients have softened and become thick. Stir occasionally. Add a little extra water if sauce become too thick. If there are still large chunks you can mash ingredients slightly, just be careful of hot splashes.
  3. Warm sterilised jar by running hot water over the outside (not inside).
  4. Pour into jar while still hot. Set aside with oven mitts, as the glass will be very hot.
  5. Once cool, store in fridge.

How to sterilise glass jars or bottles at home

  1. Make sure they are clean by washing in hot soapy water, then rinse and drain.
  2. Place on oven racks and heat at 120 C for 15 minutes.
  3. Turn the oven off and leave until they are cool, then safely remove and use.
  4. Sterilise metal lids in boiling water for 5 minutes.

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