Want to know how to make homemade Plum Jam with just two ingredients?
When it gets to this time of year I start thinking about baking nice warm loaves of bread and of course eating every last Hot Cross Bun I can get my hands on. Hot Cross Buns go extremely well with really great Jam as does a fresh slice of homemade Bread. so on my Wednesday What Not’s today I am going to tell you how to make some yourself.
We have Green Grocer near our home and we often buy large boxes of fresh fruit from him which the kids always tuck into and devour in no time at all. We had bought some plums a while back which they couldn’t stop eating and so when we bought the second box (It really is a massive box, at least 5kg if not more of fruit.) we didn’t dream that this time they would hardly want to eat any.
Now I am not sure why perhaps it was because they were slightly different in colour and perhaps a little more tart than the previous box? Not sure exactly, but I was starting to see a few plums become overripe and almost starting to go bad, so something had to be done. That was when I decided that I would make Jam with them. I like making Jam although I haven’t done it in a while and I don’t have a sugar thermometer so the process is a little hit and miss for me although I have figured out what works and just use this method that seems to give good results each time.
So over the past weekend, you may have watched me making some on my Instastories and followed the process where I made some Jam from the ripe plums and it is so good. Actually, it is so good that the one pot of the 3 I made is already finished and it is only Wednesday.
So if you haven’t made Jam before and like the idea of fresh homemade and of course preservative free, but loaded with that good stuff called sugar then stick around for the recipe and try it out yourself. Promise, it’s totally worth it and if you are really up to it it is also a great gift if you make the post all pretty when you are done and put a nice gift tag on it. It is almost one of the best Teachers gifts I can think of and most Grandparents would like it too.
So here is the recipe. It is a very simple process and if you follow it properly you will be eating delicious Plum Jam in no time.
2 Ingredient Plum Jam
This is a delicious homemade Plum Jam made with only two ingredients and is completely preservative free.
- 5 Kg Plums or other stone Fruit You can really do this with any stone fruit,
- 4.5 cups Sugar I use Brown, but white is good too.
- 3 Glass Jars 300ml or more Mason Jars with Good Seals. Use New Jars with new seals.
Wash all the fruit and pour boiling water over them to soften any harder fruit and loosen the skins.
Once the boiling water has cooled, remove the fruit and remove all the pips. add all the fruit pulp to a large pot.
Add 4.5 Cups of sugar of your choice and stir through. Bring this to the boil on a medium heat being careful not to burn the bottom of the pot. Remember, sugar gets really hot and can burn easily.
When you have reached boiling point, simmer the mixture for about 10-15 minutes and then remove from the heat and let cool for about 30 minutes.
Repeat this process 4-5 times until your Jam is nicely thickened and looking like Jam. I don't use a thermometer, but if you would prefer to use one you may make sure your mix is at the correct temperature before turning off the stove.
While you are doing your last round of boiling the jam, you can wash and sterilize your glass jars and lids. Use whatever method you prefer. I like to use the microwave for the bottles, but you can also boil them like the old-fashioned way. The Dishwasher also sterilizes them. When you jam is finished with its the last boil, pour the hot just boiled mixture into the prepared bottles and leave a little room at the top for expansion then close and seal the lids tightly.
For Gifting or if you like pretty bottles:
Cut rounds from scraps of pretty material and place them over the bottles and secure with an elastic. Use a pretty ribbon and attach a gift tag. These are perfect for Teachers gifts and Christmas gifts/Easter gifts for Grandparents too.
This Jam can be made with any stone fruit. If you choose to use other fruit it may not work as substances like Pectin are often required to help the jam set.
Please remember that sugar gets extremely hot and can not only burn to the pot bottom but can boil over and also burn you.
Please do not skip the bottle sterilization process unless you plan on eating your Jam within a few days.
I prefer to keep my Jam in the fridge, but if your bottles are sterilized correctly they can keep anything for 6 months to a year in your pantry.
Making this Jam can seem tedious, but do not rush it, the end result is worth it.
Have you ever made your own Jam? Was it successful? Let me know in the comments and please let me know if you try out my recipe. I’d love to know how it turns out. I’d also be really stoked if you joined me for more conversation over on my social platforms. Just click on any of the below buttons and you will go straight there.