Homemade Plum Jam

I love our garden!! …We have enough space to grow our own veggies and have lots of lovely trees one of which is a plum tree.  This year unlike other years the plum tree has given a bumper crop, so bowl in hand Livvy and I donned our wellies this morning to pick some lovely ripe plums to make our first homemade jam 🙂

plum tree

The Jam recipe I choose to use is really easy to follow and took no time at all to make!  Just remember to sterilize your jars first, I washed mine then whilst still a little damp put them into the microwave for 60 seconds 🙂

Ingredients

1.5 kg Plums
1.5 kg Castor Sugar
150 ml Water
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
13 g Pectin
Cling film

Just a little note; I used some unripened plums which apparently provides the pectin and citric acid so I omitted the pectin and lemon juice!

How to Make

  1. Peel and remove the stones from all of the plums
  2. Place plums, water and lemon juice (if using!) into a large saucepan
  3. Over a medium heat bring the plum mixture to the boil
  4. Next reduce to a low heat and allow to gently simmer for 10 mins
  5. Now return to the boil and add sugar stirring continuously
  6. Then once boiling stir in pectin (if using) and boil for 1 minute only (over working the pectin will mean that the jam will not set properly!)
  7. Take off the heat and skim off any foamy stuff on the top of the jam
  8. Now carefully pour into your sterilized jars (it may help to use a funnel to do this but just make sure that that has also been sterilized!)
  9. Allow to stand for 15 minutes before putting the lids on, after the 15 minutes is up place some cling film over the top of the jar and screw on the lid 🙂

Enjoy your delicious homemade jam and remember to refrigerate once you have opened a jar 😉

References 

This recipe was taken from all recipes..here is the link: http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/8070/best-plum-jam.aspx

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