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Plum Jam

I first tried plum jam when a friend of ours gave me a bag that were on offer, there were so many I decided to preserve them as jam so we could enjoy them for longer and what a great surprise it was!

Jam is surprisingly easy to make and a terrific treat smothered on toast or pancakes. You can also adjust this same recipe depending on the quantity of fruit you happen to have.

If you don’t have a sugar thermometer you really should buy one straight away! They’re so useful and actually very cheap so save yourself a lot of time and mess and just get one!

For now you can do the cold plate test to check if the jam has reached a soft ball consistency: Drip a small amount onto a cold plate and turn the plate on its side. If the drip runs then it’s not ready yet so keep boiling but if it stays put in a blob, and your finger leaves a wrinkly trail through it then it’s ready. In previous jam making projects I always ended up with a plate covered in blobs and runs from where I’d spent a long time watching and poking at and testing it followed by several hours of opening and closing the fridge worrying that it still might not set – so I bought that thermometer! ;) Buy Kilner Screw Top jars on Amazon now!Buy Kilner Screw Top jars on Amazon now!


*Tip* I like to use a larger saucepan than I think I’ll need as jam and syrups have a way of bubbling over quite dramatically when you’re not looking, so it’s good to have room!Buy Kilner Clip Top jars on Amazon now!Buy Kilner Clip Top jars on Amazon now!


Also useful: invest in a set of reusable Kilner jars of varying sizes to be able to store your jam in the fridge. For long term safe storage it's recommended to use their preserving jars with brand new lids capable of a forming a vacuum seal under pressure. 



You might also like these recipes to showcase your lovely jam:

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How to use up an open jar of jam


Sarah is a UK artist and writer with a lifetime interest in camping and survival techniques.

Living the #vanlife since before it was a hashtag and touring on two wheels with her husband Ryan, they have a wealth of camping and motorcycling knowledge to share, and know a thing or two about packing light! read more

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