How To Make Apple and Plum Jam

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Ingredients: Apple and Plum Jam Recipe

Photo of Cider Apples2 lb / 1,000 grams of cooking apples (Bramleys or similar)
2 lb / 1,000 grams of plums
3 lb / 1,300 grams of granulated white sugar
24 fl oz / 700 ml of tap water

Method - What To Do

With so many plum trees often being laden with fruit during the summer, fruit that will quickly spoil, this is a valuable jam jam making recipe if you have a large plum tree growing in your garden, especially if it is accompanied by an apple tree or two.

Photo of PlumsPick over the plums to remove any leaves and stalks, and rinse. Cut out any wasp damage or rotten flesh, and then slice all of the ripe plums in half, removing their stones, before placing into a deep pan. Pour on all of the water and now turn your attention to the apples. Of note, crack some of the plum stones if you would like to add their kernels, which will inject a subtle almond-like flavour to the jam, depending upon the quantity added.

Rinse, peel, core and slice all of the cooking apples. Add the apple pieces to the saucepan of plum halves and bring this fruit to boiling point. Simmer for around 20 minutes, to soften the fruit.

Take the fruit off the heat and then stir in the sugar. It is important that this is all dissolved before the saucepan is returned to the cooker. Once there is not any trace of sugar remaining, allow the saucepan to boil for ten minutes, stirring during this boiling period to prevent the chance of burning.

After this time has passed, test for jelling using the chilled saucer method. This involves dripping a small quantity of the apple and plum jam onto a saucer (previously chilled in a fridge or a freezer). When a minute has passed, if this portion of jam is ready to set, it should have become jelly like, with a skin and wrinkles when poked with your finger. If this is not the case and it is still quite runny, simmer for an additional five minutes and test again, and possibly again, until you know that you have reached a reliable setting point. When this has happened, turn off the cooker and remove the pan.

Let your apple and plum jam cool itself down for a few minutes and skim off any scum that is persistent. Finally, mix once more and then ladle or spoon your jam into its sterile jars. If you do not have a suitable funnel, you may find that a clean funnel used for putting salt in dishwashers is ideal for this purpose, as it has a wide jar-sized base, allowing the mixture to pass through easily without getting stuck.

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