Whole Plum Jam (No Peeling)
Plum Jam with little or no work . Impossible you say ! Not anymore. I searched the website and with the help of Natashas Kitchen we have a no peeling Plum Jam. Natasha's was a bit more work but with a bit of boiling and cooking which she did over a 2 to 3 day period. Personally I do not have 2 or 3 day's to stir any jam.
I spent a few hours and a box of pectin and this jam was heavenly. And in one afternoon no less. This is simple and absolutely beautiful. Let's get started
You will get approximately 8 to 10 half pint jars.
3 pounds of plum
1/4 cup lemon juice
4 cups of sugar
3 whole cinnamon sticks (personal choice) optional
1 box of powder pectin
Clean your plums and take out the stems. Remove any brown spots on the skin. Plums do sometimes have brown leather like spots on them and are easily removed with a sharp knife. Take your plums split them and take out the pits.
Once the plums are pitted place them into a large bowl. Cover the plums with 2 of the 5 cups of sugar and coat them until tossing and turning until the sugar dissolves.
If you would like to you may chop you plums parts smaller if needed. I like mine to dissipate as they cook and use a immersion blender to thin them out in the final cooking time
You have a smooth syrup texture covering the plums halves and a lovely syrup on the bottom of the bowl.
Let this mixture sit for 40 minutes it allows the sugar to dissolve even more. Get a large stainless steel stock pot to cook your plums. You will be cooking them over the next 3 hours. Slow and steady.
Once the plums have soaked up there sugar pour them into your stock pot and simmer to a rolling boil. Keep an eye on the mixture and stir often. Next add you box of pectin and bring back to a rolling boil.
If your plums have not broken down the the size you would like them take an immersion blender and run it through slowly don't pulverize it. We love chunks of fruit in our jam's. That is the beauty of Jam's.
Once you have the right consistency bring it back up to a rolling boil add the last 3 cups of sugar. Have your jar's and water-bath ready to process the jam. Take the pot off the heat skim the foam and fill you jars ¼ inch from the top. Wipe the rims of your jars clean. Do make sure you prep your lids.
Add cap on the lids and the bans and give them a well deserved bath for 15 minutes. Now when you take them out let them sit over night. Prior to storing the jars remove the twist part of the lid, make sure the jar's have sealed. Wipe your jars clean there is nothing worse than opening a jar and having it all sticky. EUUU
Store in a cool and dry place . Remember to remove the bands when storing.
Replace once you have opened the jar.
Disclaimer: This is not an all inclusive recipe for making jam. You should have a basic knowledge and understanding of the canning process before proceeding. Please consult your local Center for Home Preservation for additional information and available classes