Vanilla Rum Plums
about 2 cups of small plums, loosely packed
about 1/2 cup unrefined cane sugar
about 1 quart dark rum
3 vanilla beans
Wash the plums, remove their stems and pat them dry before pricking them several places with a pin. Place them in a 1-quart mason jar (I just used pint jars since I'm not sure we'll like them and didn't want to waste), cutting the larger plums that don't quite fit. Add the vanilla beans to the jar too.
Meanwhile, heat the rum and unrefined cane sugar together until the sugar dissolves in the alcohol. Pour the sweetened rum over the plums, taking care that their completely submerged by the alcohol.
Cap tightly and store in a cool place (or your fridge) until next season, using a few plums as it suits you.