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!

Plum Jam

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.

Plum Sauce

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.

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Plum Freezer Jam
An easy-to-make freezer jam made with fresh plums.
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Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 10 minutes
Servings
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 10 minutes
Servings
Votes: 1
Rating: 5
You:
Rate this recipe!
Instructions
  1. Wash the plums thoroughly and then dry them.
  2. Cut the plums in half and remove the seeds. Chop the plums. If using a food processor, add all the plum halves to the processer at the same time. Process on low and then high to finely chop the plums.
  3. In a large heat-proof bowl, combine the chopped plums, lemon juice, and sugar. Mix thoroughly and let sit for 10 minutes.
  4. In a small saucepan, add the water and whisk in the pectin until smooth. Bring the mixture to a full rolling boil and then boil hard for 1 minute, stirring the entire time. Remove from the heat.
  5. Pour the hot pectin water into the bowl with the plums and stir continuously for 3 minutes.
  6. Ladle the jam into clean freezer containers or canning jars, leaving 1/2 inch room for expansion during freezing.
  7. Wipe the tops of the containers for any spilled jam. Then add the lids. Place the jam in the refrigerator until set, which might take 24-48 hours.
  8. You can freeze the jam for up to 1 year or refrigerator for 3 weeks.
Recipe Notes

This recipe makes about (5) 8-ounce jars or freezer containers.

Recipe adapted from Freshpreserving.com. Go to https://www.freshpreserving.com/how-make-jam-and-jelly# for more information about preparing preserves.

For jam that does not set properly, follow these instructions to fix 4 cups of runny jam at a time:

  • In a wide pan, whisk together 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon of Ball Classic Pectin. Add 4 cups of jam and stir well to disperse the sugar and pectin into the jam.
  • Heat on medium until it boils and continue cooking for 5-10 minutes or until jam thickens.
  • Place in containers and freeze.
  • If the jam does not thicken at this point, it probably will not.  All is not lost, however; use the jam as a sauce to top ice cream and cakes. It will also make delicious salad dressings and as an ingredient in recipes calling for plum jam.  It can also be used on toast or pancakes as a syrup.

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