Plum sauce

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Plum sauce, a sweet and tangy condiment, has its roots in Chinese cuisine and is traditionally made from sweet plums, sugar, and various spices. It serves as a versatile accompaniment to a wide array of dishes, particularly enhancing the flavors of roasted and grilled meats. This sauce is not only a staple in Chinese cooking but has also gained popularity worldwide for its unique blend of sweetness and tartness, making it a favored choice for dipping sauces, marinades, and glazes. Preparing plum sauce for the winter months is a wonderful way to preserve the vibrant taste of plums, ensuring a year-round supply of this delightful condiment.

Serves: +10
  • Fresh plums 1 kg
  • Brown sugar 250 g
  • Apple cider vinegar 120 g
  • Onion 100 g
  • Garlic 20 g
  • Fresh ginger 20 g
  • Soy sauce 30 g
  • Star anise 2 pieces
  • Cinnamon stick 1 piece
  • Salt 5 g
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  • Start by washing the plums, cutting them into quarters, and removing the pits. There’s no need to peel them as the skin adds color and flavor to the sauce.
  • In a large saucepan, combine the quartered plums, brown sugar, and apple cider vinegar. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the plums are soft and start to break down, about 15-20 minutes.
  • Once the plums are soft, add the chopped onion, minced garlic, minced ginger, soy sauce, star anise, cinnamon stick, and salt to the saucepan. Stir well to combine all the ingredients.
  • Reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer gently for about 30-40 minutes, or until it has thickened to your desired consistency. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
  • After the sauce has thickened, remove the star anise and cinnamon stick. Use an immersion blender or transfer the mixture to a blender and puree until smooth.
  • Allow the sauce to cool to room temperature. Once cooled, it can be transferred to sterilized jars.

Storage Tips

Plum sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks in an airtight container. For longer storage, plum sauce can be canned using proper canning techniques and stored in a cool, dark place for up to a year. Always check seals before use.

Useful Properties of the Main Ingredient

Plums are a nutritious fruit rich in vitamins C and K, potassium, fiber, and antioxidants. These nutrients contribute to maintaining healthy blood sugar levels, improving heart health, and offering protective antioxidant properties.

Interesting Facts about the Sauce

  • Plum sauce is also known as “duck sauce” in some Western countries, referring to its popular pairing with Peking duck, a famous Beijing dish.
  • The sauce’s origins can be traced back to China, where it was traditionally made during the plum harvesting season to preserve the fruit’s flavor.
  • In addition to its culinary uses, plum sauce embodies the Chinese culinary philosophy of balancing sweet and sour flavors, showcasing the depth and complexity of Asian cuisine.

This plum sauce recipe offers a sweet and savory flavor profile that beautifully complements meat dishes, making it an ideal homemade condiment to enjoy throughout the winter and beyond.

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