Make your own Homemade Plum Jam

My Dad was in town last week and loves our “hippy backyard.” He helped me out by picking all of the large plums from our tree.  I took about half of the harvest and made my very first homemade plum jam.  I have to say, it is really tasty!

Homemade Plum Jam Recipe (makes a little more than 6 half pint jars – you can cook the 6 half pint jars and have a little bit leftover for eating right away):


6 cups of of plums, pitted and chopped

2 cups of white sugar

1 cup of honey

juice of 3 limes OR juice of 1.5 lemons


1.  Wash and prepare the canning jars.

canning jars soaking in soap in a sink

2.  Wash the plums, pit them and roughly chop them.

chopped plums placed in a measuring cup

3.  Combine the chopped plums, sugar, and lime/lemon juice in a large stock pot.  Bring to a small boil.  Stir occasionally.

plums and sugar in a stock pot

4.  When boiling, add the honey and mix together.  Cook on a small boil for 30 minutes.  A foam will develop at the top; use a spoon to scrap and discard the foam.

plums cooking in a stock pot in sugar water foam rises to the top of cooking plums plums reducing to make jam

5.  Pour the fruit liquid into the jars leaving 1/2 inch of room at the top.

jam is ladled from a stock pot into a jar

the top of a canning jar

6.  Fill a stock pot with enough water to cover your jars. *I use my canning pot because it has a special piece at the bottom of it that keeps the jars from touching the bottom of the stock pot.  I have read on many blogs that for fruit canning you can use a regular stock pot.*

can of plum jam are placed in a pot of water

7.  Place the lids on the jars and put in the canning/stock pot.  Bring water to a boil and boil 10 minutes.

8.  Let the water cool and remove the jars.  When completely cooled, remove and save the rings from the jars.

plum jam in a jar



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