By MANDY SINCLAIR
Freshly picked ripe plums have a silver, powdery bloom and should feel firm but not hard. Store ripe plums in the refrigerator for 3-4 days, if not completely ripe, store at room temperature to soften.
What to do with glut
Make jam, poach in a sugar syrup and bottle or stew into a compote.
Asian plum sauce
900g plums, halved, seeds removed
¾ cup cider vinegar
½ cup Chinese cooking wine
1 small onion, chopped
2 star anise
2 cinnamon sticks
½ tsp ground coriander
½ tsp Chinese five spice powder
½ cup brown sugar
1. Place all ingredients, except sugar, in a large saucepan. Simmer on medium heat for 30 mins. Add sugar and simmer for another 45 mins, until thickened.
2. Set aside to cool slightly. Discard cinnamon sticks and star anise. Using a hand blender, blend until smooth. Strain sauce.
3. Fill sterilized jars and seal. Refrigerate once opened. Use as a marinade for pork fillet or in stir-fries.
Makes 3 cups
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