Fresher and better than store-bought, and no preservatives! It won’t keep as long, but then, it may not need to. Use as a dipping sauce, or alongside roasted or grilled foods. It’s kind of good on ice cream, too…

You can use other fruits, but then it won’t be plum sauce…

Five spice powder is a Chinese spice blend usually consisting of ground star anise, ground fennel seed, ground cinnamon, ground cloves, and ground pepper. It can be found in the spices and herbs section of supermarkets. Or add some of each in lieu of the spice blend.

2 1/2 c (peeled) chopped plums (or nectarines, peaches…)
1/2 c water
2 T cider or other vinegar
2 T honey or agave, even maple syrup
a pinch of salt
1 T soy sauce
1 t five-spice powder
1/8 t ground ginger or 1 t peeled, minced fresh ginger
1/4 t red pepper flakes or a dash or two of hot sauce or 1/2 t chopped fresh hot pepper

1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat and simmer for a good half hour, stirring occasionally, until the fruit is very tender and the mixture has thickened. Take a spoonful out now and then, cool, then taste. Add more of any of the ingredients if you think it necessary. Allow to cool before serving or storing, covered, in the refrigerator.