I remember one year Mom had us kids up on the roof of the garage picking plums off the tree out the front almost in the dark as she frantically tried to water down the 1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper (instead of 1/2 a teaspoon) that she had put into this years batch of plum sauce! As I said, we always seemed to have plum sauce in the house.
I was flicking through my Edmond's cookbook - a New Zealand classic - and found a recipe for plum sauce - and it has 1/2 a teaspoon of cayenne pepper in it so I bet its the same one my Mom used! I decided that since plums were under $2 a kilo, I would give it a go...
Here's what I did...
Halve two and a half kilo's of plums and pop them in a large pot with 4 cups of malt or red wine vinegar.
Yumm!!! Enjoy, just the way you would tomato sauce! Making this sauce has inspired me to make pork ribs in plum sauce for dinner later this week!
I got just over 2 litres out of this recipe. It should keep up to a year but will need refrigerating once it is opened!
Green-ness: 5/5 for making your own food from cheap, in season fruit bought locally!
Frugal-ness: 5/5 for buying cheap plums and preserving them for future use!
Time cost: About an hour all up!
Skill level: Not so hard - Try it and tell me how you went!