Make Plum Jam With Fresh Fruit

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    35 min
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Plum jam is a delicious addition to English muffins, toasted artisan white breads and croissants or as a nice change from maple syrup on pancakes and waffles. Take advantage of fresh plums in the season to make plum jam and put enough up to have this yummy condiment for several months. You can use any variety of plums or mix them up.

What You'll Need

  • 3 pounds firm plums, peeled and cut into eighths, seeds discarded
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 7 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 (3-ounce) package commercial pectin

How to Make It

  1. Place the plums, water and lemon juice in a large non-aluminum stockpot.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring often. Cover, reduce the heat to low and simmer about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the fruit is soft. You should end up with about 4 1/2 cups of fruit.
  3. Stir in the sugar.
  4. Return the heat to high and bring the mixture back to a rolling boil while constantly stirring.
  5. Add the pectin and return the mixture to a boil while stirring.
  6. Continue to stir and boil for 1 minute, then remove from the heat.
  7. Let the mixture rest for 1 minute, then skim off any foam.
  8. Pour even amounts into sterilized jars, leaving 1/8-inch of space at the top.
  9. Wipe the rims and seal with sterilized lids.
  10. Process in boiling water for 5 minutes.
  11. Remove, let cool and label the jars.
  12. Store plum jam in a cool, dry place.