Sunday, May 24, 2015

Plum Jam

I recently made some plum jam using yellow plums.

To make jam, the general rule is one part fruit to one part sugar.  In this case, I also added the juice of a lemon to up the pectin content (which helps the jam to set).  I removed the plum stones but left the skins on to give some texture to the jam.

Once you have your fruit, sugar and lemon juice (if using) in a saucepan, you bring it all to a rolling boil and continue to boil until it thickens sufficiently that when you place a drop of it on a plate that has been in the freezer and run your finger through it, it wrinkles and a gap remains where your finger had been.  If the jam runs back into the gap and doesn't wrinkle, it is not ready yet, so you have to keep boiling it.

Once the jam is ready, pour it into jars that have been sterilised (by placing in the oven for 1 minutes or by boiling in a pot of water) and seal.

Making a jam is a great way to use up surplus fruit, or to preserve a slice of summer for the winter months ahead.


dedy oktavianus said...

Simply damn delicious plum jam!!!
Dedy@Dentist Chef

Johanna GGG said...

sounds lovely - we are onto my last jar of jam from summer and I am wishing I had made plum jam - though we do have some plum chutney

Kayte said...

This jam looks spectacular. I really need to make this as of all the jams I have seen lately, this is one that I really really want to have RIGHT NOW!

Anna @ shenANNAgans said...

All the YES! I love plum jam, it's my fave of all the jams. I was chatting with my Mom on the weekend about having a jamming weekend, shall add your recipe into the mix.

Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Dear Gaye, plums are wonderfully delicious stone fruits and I love plum jam. Nothing beats the flavor of homemade jam - as strawberries are in season around here and elderflowers too, I am quite partial to that combination these days.
Do enjoy your trip to the States, dear friend, and "see" you very soon!

2paw said...

I am not a confident jam maker. I would like to be though as your jam looks delish!!!