Recently, I’ve had a hard time finding plum jams in grocery stores. I have a plum chicken recipe that uses it, so I decided to make homemade plum jam. It was surprisingly easy to make!
A few weeks after coming up empty-handed on my jam hunting search, I found plum jam far from home in another state. I bought two jars but ended up breaking one on the way home and then quickly used the other jar. So I was back to needing plum jam and decided it was time to make my own.
Use a Food Processor
In my area, plums are plentiful in the grocery store during late summer and early fall, so it was a perfect time for me to make this jam. Although it is a simple recipe, a food processor or electric chopper helps with preparing the plums. If you want your plum jam to be red, choose red plums instead of yellow ones.
Don’t Peel the Plums
This jam is easy to make because you don’t need to peel the plums. The biggest job is cutting the plums into small pieces. If you use a food processor or electric chopper, then it is a quick job! If you cut plums by hand, it takes a little longer but can be enjoyable for people who like prep work.
Use Classic Pectin
It takes a lot of sugar when using classic pectin to make jam. There are alternative pectins that are no-cook and low sugar. However, this jam uses the Realfruit Classic Pectin, as shown above.
Sometimes, jam may not thicken and set. I have included a note after the recipe to help you fix this. If it still doesn’t thicken up as much as you want after trying the fix, then all is not lost. You can use thin jams as a sauce on pancakes and ice cream. You can even use it to flavor salad dressing or paired with savory meats.
I think that homemade jams are usually a little more liquid than commercial jams. If you haven’t made freezer jam before, be prepared for a softer set than the commercially prepared jam you buy at the store.