Introducing the perfect plum jam recipe

plums in the basketIntroducing the perfect plum jam recipe

From the local greengrocers to pick-your-own fruit farms and farmers’ markets, plums are everywhere right now. If you have plum trees in your own garden, you are probably experiencing something of a glut of plums at the moment. Whilst they are delicious to eat fresh with Greek yogurt, crème fraiche or cream, there are so many other things to do with plums. The simplest place to start is with a good plum jam recipe.

Quick and easy plum jam recipe

Learning how to make plum jam is simplicity itself. Here is our favourite recipe, which makes around 10-12 228ml jars of jam.


1.5kg plums, chunkily chopped and with the stones removed
1.5kg sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
120ml water


1. Wash the plums thoroughly and remove any stalks or leaves. Chop the plums in half and remove the stones, then chop the halves again.
2. Put the plums, lemon juice and water in a large jam pan and bring to the boil, stirring continuously.
3. Simmer for about 45 minutes or until the plums are soft.
4. Still on a low heat, add the sugar gradually, stirring all the time. Keep stirring until all the sugar has dissolved.
5. Turn the heat up and stir continuously until the mixture is boiling.
6. Use a jam thermometer to check when the jam has reached setting point (105°C); alternatively, use the cold plate test.
7. Remove from the heat and pour slowly into clean, sterilised jam jars. Seal and label the jars straight away.

A plum jam recipe with a difference

If you already know how to make plum jam using a recipe like the one above, you might like to try something a little different for your next batch of jam.

You can make spiced plum jam by adding nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon to the basic recipe. The spices give this jam a real flavour of Christmas, turning a simple jam into a delightful Christmas gift.

For a sophisticated orange and rosemary plum jam, add a tablespoon of orange extract and three or four sprigs of fresh rosemary at the start of the recipe. Remember to remove the rosemary just before you pour the jam into the jars.

Finally, if you hanker after something to complement savoury foods, try using plums to make a sweet chilli jam. Replace the sugar with just 450g of soft brown sugar and add garlic, red onions, balsamic vinegar and red wine.

It is always fun to experiment, of course, so why not create your own unique plum jam?

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