Plum and Walnut Conserves

Preparation Time: 20 minutesCooking Time: 20 minutes

This conserve is delicious whether served on toast, over Brie, or over ice cream!

The conserve is unfamiliar to most of us, at least much less familiar than jam. A conserve is usually a combination of two or more fruits cooked with sugar, and many times with the addition of dried fruit and nuts. Conserves usually have a chunky texture and are most often served with cheeses and meats.


  • 7 cups tart plums (seeded and chopped)
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 navel orange with rind (thinly sliced)
  • 1 lemon with rind (seeded and thinly sliced)
  • 3 1/2 cups raisins
  • 1 cup walnuts (chopped)


  1. Prepare fruit.
  2. Gather all ingredients, supplies, equipment, and utensils that will be needed.
  3. Prepare an area where finished jelly can sit undisturbed until completely cool.
  4. Wash six pint canning jars in hot soapy water and rinse well. 
  5. Place jars in a pan or pot with approximately one inch of water and bring to a boil, boiling at least 10 minutes to sterilize. Keep jars boiling until ready to use.
  6. Place a saucepan with at least 2 inches of water over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and add lids, allowing them to simmer until needed.
  7. Put plums, sugar, orange, lemon, and raisins into a large 6 or 8-quart pot or Dutch oven. If you want, use kitchen shears to cut some of the longer citrus rinds.
  8. Heat until boiling. Gently boil for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring frequently, or until the mixture starts to thicken slightly.
  9. Skim foam from fruit.
  10. Stir in walnuts.
  11. Carefully ladle the conserve into the jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace at the top of the jars.
  12. Wipe the rim clean with a clean, wet paper towel. Place the lid on the jar, securing with a ring.
  13. Allow the jars to sit until completely cooled.

Anne James

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