Homemade Plum Jam Recipe
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!!!
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!!!
Homemade Plum Jam Recipe
- 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)
- 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.
2 – Return the Inner Pot to the Appliance. Place the Rack back into the Inner Pot.
3 – Wash the jars, lids and bands in hot, soapy water. Rinse well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2 – Remove one hot jar. Close the lid, but do not lock, to keep remaining jars hot.
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.
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.
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?