Homemade Plum Jam Recipe

By Shannon Gurnee
In Cooking with Redhead Mom
August 2, 2019

Plums, Jar of plum jam, muffins with plum jam

We’ve lived on our property for a year and a half and have loved it. By living here, we are able to collect fresh eggs from our chickens, raise our alpacas and Great Pyrenees dogs, and now, we can even collect fresh fruit grown on our property! This was the first year we collected homegrown plums! Heck, we didn’t even know it was a plum tree a year ago! But throughout the year, our alpacas were pruning the trees for us and we think this helped the plums to come in more abundantly. It was awesome!!!

plum fruit on tree

I love to cook and bake and now I even enjoy the art of canning! I’ve made Homemade Strawberry Jam in the past and loved the process, as well as how it tasted. I shared it with my family, friends and neighbors and they all loved it too. When I learned we had plums growing on our property, I told my parents and my dad said that he had plum jam before and loved it. I thought if I could make homemade strawberry jam, then why not plum jam? And that is where it began. I searched online and sifted through several plum jam recipes. One caught my eye, but I couldn’t just follow the recipe. I had to make it my own…and it turned out GREAT!!!

plums and eggs

Homemade Plum Jam Recipe

Supplied Needed

  • Half Pint (8 oz) Glass Preserving Jars with Lids and Bands
  • Ball freshTECH Automatic Home Canning System
  • Canning rack (this comes with the Canning System)
  • Jar lifter (this comes with the Canning System)
  • Funnel (or ladle or measuring cup)
  • Pot
  • Blender (I used a Vitamix blender)
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons



  • 5 cups pitted, pureed plums (I puree mine in the vitamix)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 8 cups sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 package of liquid fruit pectin (1.75 oz)
  • 8 half-pint canning jars with lids and rings



Pre-Heating Your Empty Jars

1 – Remove the Inner Pot from the Appliance. Remove the Rack and set aside. Fill the Inner Pot with warm tap water to the fill line.

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2 – Return the Inner Pot to the Appliance. Place the Rack back into the Inner Pot.

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3 – Wash the jars, lids and bands in hot, soapy water. Rinse well.

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4 – Place the empty jars onto the Rack in the Inner Pot. Set the preserving lids and bands aside in your work space. Close and lock the Appliance Lid.

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5 – Press the PRE-HEAT button and then press START. The red Pre-Heating light will illuminate and the Appliance will begin Pre-Heating you jars. During this time, you can start making your jam recipe. Jars will be Pre-Heated when the green Ready light is flashing. Keep the jars in the Appliance, with the Lid closed, until ready to fill with the prepared recipe.

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Make The Plum Jam

1 – Wash your fresh plums and then remove the pit. To do this, I found it easiest to cut the plum in 4 sections and then pull the fruit from the pit.

Cutting plums

Cutting plums

2 – Place plum pieces in your blender or food processor. Puree until you have 5 cups of plum mixture. I want to say that I used about 10-12 smaller plums to get the 5 cups of fruit mixture.

Plum pieces in blender

Pureed plums

Pureed plums

3 – Place the plum mixture and water in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and simmer for 5 minutes.

Cooking plums

4 – Stir in the sugar and add butter to reduce foaming, if needed. Bring the fruit mixture to a full, rolling boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Mix in the pectin quickly.

cooking plum jam

5 – Return the jam to a full boil and boil for one minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and skim off and discard any foam. Now it’s time to preserve your jam!

Preserve Your Jam

1 – Unlock and open the Appliance Lid.

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2 – Remove one hot jar. Close the lid, but do not lock, to keep remaining jars hot.

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3 – Ladle the hot jam into a hot jar, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Wipe any jam from the rim of the jar. Center the new lid on the jar. Twist on the band until fingertip tight. Return the filled jar onto the Rack in the Inner Pot. Repeat this step until all the jars are filled with jam and returned to the Inner Pot. Close and lock the Lid.

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This is strawberry jam, but the same idea with the plum jam.

4 – Press JAMS & JELLIES and then press RECIPE 1. Press START to begin preserving. The Appliance will start sensing your recipe, indicated by the orange Sensing light. Then, the preserving phase will begin, indicated by the orang Preserving light. When your appliance beeps and the green Ready light is flashing, your jam has been successfully preserved! Press STOP. Unlock and open Lid.

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5 – Remove the jars from the Inner Pot using the jar lifter and place upright on a towel. Allow to cool, undisturbed, for 12 to 24 hours.

Checking Your Lids for Seals

1 – Press on the center of the cooled lid. If the jar is sealed, the lid will not flex up or down.

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2 – Remove the band and gently lift up on the lid. You should not be able to lift it off the jar.

Storing Your Jars

You can store your sealed jars in your pantry or a cool, dry and dark place for up to 1 year! Jars may be stored without the bands, or you may clean the underside of the bands to ensure that no moisture is trapped during storage.

Enjoy your homemade food or share with your family and friends as gifts!

I loved making Homemade Plum Jam! Using the Automatic Home Canning System with SmartPRESERVE Technology was super easy! I can’t wait to make more plum jam and other jam flavors as well.

What is your favorite thing to preserve?


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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

28 Responses to “Homemade Plum Jam Recipe”

  1. Amber Myers says:

    Oh yum! I do have an Instant Pot, so I’ll have to try this out. We love plums, so I bet we’ll love the jam.

  2. Melanie says:

    I need to learn to can. My husband’s aunt is great at it, and I would make more stuff like this if I knew how.

  3. Brandy says:

    I honestly do not think I’ve ever had plum jam before, and certainly never homemade. Looks like a fun way to make your own homemade jam. I love plums, so I’d have to give this a try once I have the equipment to do it.

  4. Lynndee says:

    I don’t think I’ve had plum jam before. I do see a lot of plum at the supermarket. I should try making this.

  5. Theresa says:

    I eat a plum almost every day for breakfast in the summer. I haven’t had plum jam, but now I am eager to try making my own with your recipe!

  6. cait says:

    omg i just got an instant pot and i may just use this for my first recipe ๐Ÿ™‚ YUM homemade jam!

  7. My grandmother always loved canning fruits and vegetables that she would pick from her garden or trees. Anytime I see canning recipes or peach cobbler/pies, it always reminds me of her. I have never had the patience to try canning or make my own jams. This would make perfect gifts for Christmas too. As a single mom on a budget, I might have to give this a try. I’ve been contemplating an instant pot for about a year now and just haven’t splurged on it yet. Maybe soon since that would make cooking for me and my little family easier. I struggle with chronic pain and some days slaving over the stove cooking is impossible.

  8. Mary Edwards says:

    Can you make this for me? It looks so so good. I love plums btu have never tried or even thought of making plum jam!!

  9. OMG, this looks amazing. My daughters are obsessed with plums and I love canning, so I’ll try this out. Thanks!

  10. vickie couturier says:

    growing up we had a plum tree,it was amazing ,and ive had plum jelly and its really good

  11. Sarah Bailey says:

    My Gran used to make all sorts of different jams, she was so good at it! This sounds like such an amazing recipe I think I might have to try making it myself.

  12. Beth says:

    I’ve never tried plum jam, but it looks delicious! I didn’t realize that there was an appliance to help with making jam.

  13. Stacie says:

    That looks absolutely incredible! Nothing is better than homemade jam. I have a friend with a plum tree in their yard, so I’ll be making this for sure!

  14. Jill says:

    That sounds so good. Nothing is better than fresh, homemade jam. It just has a flavor you can’t get anywhere else.

  15. This is super neat! I have always been interested in canning but I feel like somehow I’ll mess it up. I think it’s super rad that you have chickens and alpacas! I look forward to reading more about your farm adventures!

  16. I love plums. I eat them dry like rasings but I’ve never try a jam before. I liek home made stuff I will love to know how to do jam.

  17. I have an Instant Pot, so Iโ€™ll have to make this. Plums are one of our favorites, and I know weโ€™ll love the jam.

  18. Heather says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever had plum jam before. I imagine it would have to be delicious!

  19. Wendy Polisi says:

    I can honestly say I have never had plum jam. This looks like such a delicious snack too!

  20. Cinny says:

    Oh, that is so neat. I’ve never tried to make jam before but this is so helpful.

  21. Can’t take my eyes of the Plum Jam, your home made recipe are good.

  22. I’ve never had a plum jam before ever and I didn’t even know Automatic Home Canning System with SmartPRESERVE Technology exists. Thanks for sharing your recipe and your experience using this kitchen gadget.

  23. GiGi Eats says:

    I used to LOVE plums when I could eat fruit. Such an under-rated fruit that’s so insanely healthy for you!!! My dad still loves them and I know he’d totally love this jam!

  24. Brianna S says:

    This looks so fun to make and so good! Going to give this a try!

  25. Emman Damian says:

    Your Homemade Plum Jam Recipe seems very easy to do. I’ll gather plums and use this recipe. I hope it’s tasty!

  26. Erin Knight says:

    I do not remember that I had any plum jam before but homemade ones are definitely lovely! I have all the equipments, just hope my plum jam comes out good.

  27. I used to pick plums in my grandmother’s farm growing up. Thinking about how delicious they are brings back a lot of memories.

  28. Subhashish Roy says:

    This jam looks yummy. And more so because it is plum. Would coax my wife to prepare at home.

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