Summer in a Jar: Plum and Raspberry Jam

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

 With our garden and allotment now producing a fair share of berries and fruit, I really needed to make some freezer space. I'd already frozen some raspberries earlier this season plus I need to finish the last of 2012's plums. I could not think of a simpler way of achieving both outcomes other than making more jam. Here is a super easy recipe for making your own plum and raspberry jam.

Printable recipe

250 g raspberries ( I used frozen)
250 g plums
500 g jam sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice

Place a couple of  teaspoons in the freezer for testing the setting point of the jam. 

Heat the raspberries and plums with jam sugar in a saucepan until the mixture begins to boil. Add the lime juice. Reduce heat and continue to boil for about 20 minutes, stirring every few minutes. Skim off any scum/froth that forms along the top and sides using a wooden spoon.

Place a tiny dollop on the mixture onto one of the frozen teaspoons and see if it sets in a minute or so. You know the jam has set if it starts looking gel like and does not drip off the spoon.

Pour into sterilised jars and refrigerate.  Homemade jam, done!

 Jam making is incredibly easy and you can use pretty much the same recipe and substitute the raspberries and plums for any soft fruit. I'd love to hear all about your jam making adventures too! Ann x

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