Recipe by DelightfulDines
"Traditional and delicious homemade jam."
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4 1/2 cups
pitted, chopped plums
7 1/2 cups
1 (1.75 ounce) package
powdered fruit pectin
half-pint canning jars with lids and rings
Hello everyone, I am the submitter of this recipe. I just wanted to make a little note, depending on how fresh your plums are is what determines the amount of sugar you need. As they ripen more they tend to lose some of their sweetness, therefore needing more sugar. I live in a small part of Alaska & we tend to get fruit that is near the end of its shelf life. For fresh plums I would suggest adding only 6- 6 1/2 cups of sugar. Thanks & enjoy!
From reading this recipe, I think the reason people are having set problems is because, according to the folks at the Sure-Jel number, powdered pectin has to go in BEFORE the sugar, or you will get a set fail.
****PLEASE READ: I have made this twice now and both times it did not set. I think my mistake was not getting it get to a rolling boil and keeping it there long enough. Like candy this step is vital for it to turn out! I also upped the boxes of pectin to 2. ~ I decreased my sugar by about a cup and added a squeeze of lemon in the mix. I also like to add 2 cinnamon sticks while it simmers for a bit of spice,. The hardest work for me was de-pitting the tiny Japanese plums from our trees but my son helps. We absolutley love love love this jelly (thinner than a jam) The flavor is spicy-sweet & tart, at least with my plums and added ingredients. My son tells me not to give so much away so we can have more! lol.. This is now going to be a tradition to make every summer. :)
THIS IS A GREAT JAM. IT IS EASY TO MAKE AND TASTE GREAT. I PUT THE PLUMS IN MY FOOD PROCESSOR AND CHOPPED THEM, THEN BOILED AND ADDED 2 BOX'S OF PECTIN.
Good starter recipe. By adding an extra 1/2 cup of plums to recipe and cutting 1/2 cup of sugar you can increase the recipe to 12 half pint jars without losing any of the sweetness. I also used 2.35 ounces of pectin instead of the recommended 1.75 ounce. This thickened up the jam more. Also, to decrease foaming add 1 tablespoon of Lemon juice concentrate along with the butter. The Lemon Juice also helps remove air. Thank you for the inspiration DelightfulDines.
Loved it! First attempt at canning. Easy and delicious! Changed two things. Went with less sugar. 6 cups was plenty for us. Also, after cooking the plums we put them thru a strainer and removed the skins. We call it....jamelly!!! Yum!
Loved it, Came out well... I reduced the sugar to 6 cups. I didn't have issues with it setting; but I made sure to get it at the jelling point of 220.
Small batch - I made just 2 jars-worth... and instead of pectin i used cornstarch.. about a tablespoon per jar. I also added the pinch of lemon and a teaspoon of lemon zest. looks and tastes good. a little cloudier, but the color is still good.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/128 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 128
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 48
** Calories from Fat: < 1
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