Sunday, October 10, 2010

Plum Jam

Toast with butter and jam.


1.5 lbs Plums ( about 10 )
3/4 - 1 C sugar
Juice of 1 lemon

I used organic plums, so I just chopped them finely with the skin on. The skin gives a wonderful red color to the jam which was completely unexpected. The plums had dark purple-black skin to start with but it completely morphed into this beautiful red on cooking.

Taste the fruit, if they are mostly tart add 1 cup sugar. If the are ripe and sweet, then the sugar can be reduced to 3/4 cup. Add chopped plums, sugar and lemon juice into a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Then reduce to medium and stir once every couple of minutes. As it starts to thicken, test over a cold spoon to see if jam is still runny or if it sets. Stir more frequently as it thickens and remove from heat when it passes the cold spoon test. Delicious plum jam is ready.