Plum Jam


When making plum jam either the plums can be halved and stones removed before cooking or you can remove them with a slotted spoon while it’s boiling (they float to the top). If the stones come away easily I would recommend doing that…the other way can take ages.

Plum Jam:

1 kg plums

1 kg sugar

250 mls water

Wash the plums and de-stalk if necessary. Sterilise jars by heating in a slow oven for 1/2 hour at least. If using metals lids sterilise these by boiling in water for 10 minutes.

Put plums in a large pot with the water and cook about 30 – 45 minutes (lid on) till pulpy. Stir in sugar and boil gently until thickened and test a little in a saucer in the fridge, if it comes out with a skin on top it will set. Makes around 7 – 8 smallish – med jars.Β IMG_3317

15 thoughts on “Plum Jam

    • I make very little jams Linne, only because we rarely eat it, we aren’t big toast or baking eaters. Homemade beats commercial hands down. I only made this batch because I was visiting my sister and knew she liked it, and my son got some πŸ™‚ My favourite would be apricot I think, can’t resist that if someone is offering πŸ™‚


  1. It was a dying art Wendy, so I am really pleased to see you sharing your recipe. Your descriptions of what to do took me right back to the days when I would be preserving and making jam flat tack at this time of the year……..I used to test readiness by putting a drop of jam from the pan into a saucer of cold water [from the fridge] – if it ‘skinned’ then it was ready to go into the jars. πŸ™‚

    I am so impressed that you still make it even though you don’t eat it much – and what a lovely homemade gift to give out!


  2. Hi Wendy. My mum used to leave the stones in and so us kids would always try see who got the most in their sandwiches! I’d forgotten that until I read your post!
    Cheers Sarah : o )


  3. RT says:

    Yum. You have my mouth watering for plum jam now. I haven’t made it for three years as I am determined to get through the blackberry and boysenberry jam on my shelf. Plum trees apparently do not do well in this part of North Carolina. (Phooey) I wonder if your trees and Robbie’s tree aren’t producing because they need cross-pollination by a different variety of plum? That’s true with apples, so, who knows?


    • Plum jam has to one of the nicest jams I think πŸ™‚
      I am not sure about the pollination thing, I did have a huge old one at another house and there were no others in our section, maybe further away? I am hoping the bees will help with fruit tree pollination from now on.


  4. We don’t eat a lot of jam here. A jar can last us a year (with the exponentially green fuzzy mould to prove it πŸ˜‰ ) but mum used to give us as many jars of plum jam as we could load in a wheelbarrow whenever we would visit her. I prefer to eat my plums straight from the tree or dried but plum jam is always going to hold fond memories of mum for me πŸ™‚


    • We are the same here, though I made that toast and jam for the photo and really liked it lol. Not the healthiest way to eat them πŸ™‚ I used to make heaps of jams when all the kids were younger and did enjoy them back then.


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