This is a delicious homemade Plum Jam made with only two ingredients and is completely preservative free.
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.