Sweet and Tart Crock Pot Plum Butter


It’s definitely time to get started on my homemade Christmas gifts for the year.  Up first is this plum butter!

When I told my mother I was making plum butter she just kept saying “Ew!” over and over again.  I’m not sure why.  Plums are delicious, so plums cooked down into a spread?  Delicious!  And seriously so, so easy.  This is one of those recipes that just cooks while you’re going about your life.  I cooked the plums while I slept and then made the butter while I was at work for the day.  Beautiful.  You’ll see that this is a crock pot recipe.  It doesn’t have to be.  If you’re home and willing to leave the stove on low all day you can easily cook this in a pot on the stove.  You’ll see in an upcoming post that I’m using the regular stovetop method for Vanilla-Bourbon Pear Butter and my house currently smells amazing!

I have a love/hate relationship with canning and I think I can blame the “hate” portion on my weak little stovetop.  It’s just so pathetic compared to the glory that is a gas stove.  With the tiny little jars I use for these fruit butters, it’s fine.  But when I try to can larger jars using the water bath method I just can’t bring the water to a boil.  I once waited four hours and my water bath never came to a boil!  (I don’t want you to think I watched water not boil for four hours.  I did lots of other jars waiting for the pot to reach a boil!)

Anyway, I’m really happy with this plum butter.  Hopefully you will be too


Crock Pot Plum Butter

  • 4 pounds plums
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves

Cut your plums in half to remove the pits.  You’ll see in the picture that I didn’t do that at this step and I definitely regret it.  (The pits got stuck in my food mill so I ended up having to remove pits from piping hot plums)

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Throw your plums in the slow cooker and cook on low until they are just about falling apart.

IMG_1713Puree using the fine disc on your food mill.  You’ll get a weird-looking foamy pink sludge.

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Add all the other ingredients, stir, and cook on low with the lid propped open.

IMG_1722It’s going to be up to personal preference how long you cook this.  I wanted a fairly thick and concentrated butter so I cooked for about 8 hours on low.

To can, I used a water bath for 15 minutes.  Pretty simple.

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Crock Pot Plum Butter

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