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Plum Preserves Substitute (How To Use Them)

Plum Preserves Substitute (How To Use Them)

Plum preserves is sweet and delicious and is called for in many recipes. If you are all out of plum preserves and you can’t find any at your grocery store, don’t give up on that recipe just yet.

There are multiple substitutes you can use no matter what type of recipe you are making. Plum jam is a great topping for English muffins and bagels but it also can be found in baked goods and even savory dinner dishes.

The first time I needed to find an alternative to plum preserves was when making crispy tofu with plum preserves and ginger. That got me started on find flavors that compliment recipes that use plum preserves. And in this article we will go over the best replacements for plum preserves.

So what are the best substitutes for plum preserves?

The top plum preserve substitutes are apricot jam, apple butter, whole plums, ginger jelly, and peach preserves.

I’ve found these flavors to work wonderfully in most recipes that use plum preserves. Read on for more info on each alternative and how to use them in your recipe.

Plum Preserves Alternatives

Traditional plum preserves are made using only plums, water and sugar. While you can find plum preserves at some grocery stores, it’s not always the easiest type of jam to find. So until you have time to make your own, use one of these great substitutes for plum preserves.

Apricot Jam

crepes topped with apricot jam

While apricot jam does not taste the same as plum preserves, it offers a similar level of sweetness and it’s flavor pair wonderfully with the same things as plums do.

Apricot jam is a staple in my kitchen. It works on sandwiches and toasted English muffins as well as it does in baked goods.

Apricot jam is also much easier to find in most regions. Overall this is my favorite replacement for plum preserves.


1 tablespoon of apricot jam equals 1 tablespoon of plum preserves

Related: Apricot Jam Substitute

Apple Butter

container of apple butter

This popular fall flavor is an excellent substitute for plum jam or preserves. With just the right amount of sweetness and a similar texture, apple butter works in all types of recipes.

Made by removing the moisture from crushed apples, apple butter works incredibly well in baked recipes or as a topping for toast and bagels.

It’s also readily available in most areas, and at a reasonable price.


1 tablespoon of apple butter equals 1 tablespoon of plum preserves

Related: Apple Butter Substitute

Fresh Plums

bowl of fresh plums

If plums are in season, you can get that sweet and delicious flavor of plums by going straight to the source. Fresh plums can be mashed and used in most recipes that calls for plum preserves.

While it won’t be ideal for spreading on your breakfast bagel, it will incorporate in most baked goods that need that plum flavor.


1 mashed plum equals 1 tablespoon of plum preserves

Ginger Jelly

ginger being prepper for ginger jelly

You will find that many recipes that call for plum preserves also call for ginger. That’s because these two ingredients pair incredibly well.

But you can also use ginger jelly in place of plum preserves. It goes well in cakes and cookies, and is a great way to add some spice to your recipe.


1 tablespoon of ginger jelly equals 1 tablespoon of plum preserves

Peach Preserves

jar of peach preserves

If you want to replace plum jam with another fruit preserve but don’t have apricot available, peach preserves are the way to go.

Peach preserves add just the right amount of sweetness to all types of recipes. My family loves peach with breakfast and I am a fan of baking with peach preserves. No matter what you need plum preserves for you can’t go wrong using peach reserves instead.


1 tablespoon of peach preserves equals 1 tablespoon of plum preserves

Bottom Line

The key to replacing plum preserves is using an ingredient that pairs well with the other ingredients in your recipe.

And you will find that the alternatives on this list will work well in any recipe that calls for plum preserves.