A delightful accompaniment, Spicy Pickled Plums are both sweet and tangy, packed with flavor.

Spicy Pickled Plums
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Serves: 2 Quarts
  • 2 pounds firm ripe plums
  • 4 allspice berries
  • 4 small dried red chilies
  • 4 cinnamon sticks (1 inch each)
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 4 blades of mace
  • 3 Cups distilled malt vinegar
  • 3 Cups sugar
  1. Sterilize 2 quart jars. Keep hot until needed. Prepare lids as manufacturer directs. Prick plums several times with a cocktail stick. Half fill hot jars with plums.
  2. Add 2 allspice berries, 2 chilies, 2 cinnamon sticks, 3 cloves and 2 blades of mace to each jar. Add remaining plums to fill jars. In a saucepan, combine vinegar and sugar and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Boil 5 minutes.
  3. Pour hot vinegar into jars to cover plums completely. Wipe rims of jars with a clean damp cloth. Attach lids and place in a canner. Process 20 minutes in a boiling-water bath. Store in a cool dry dark place at least 1 month before serving.
Garnish with a fresh mint sprig, if desired, and serve with cold meats and salads.

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