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Homemade Plum Jam

Simple Plum Jam Recipe

Head on over to your local Farmer’s Market this summer and fall and stock up on the star of our homemade jam – Plums!
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Course: Jam
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Jam
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 66kcal
Author: Emily Laurae


  • Cutting Board
  • Paring Knife
  • Heavy Bottomed Pot
  • Spatula
  • Small Plate
  • Fine Mesh Sieve
  • Heat Proof Containers for Storing


  • 1 pound Plums, Pitted and sliced
  • ¾ cup (150 g) Granulated Sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 5 Whole Cardamom Pods
  • 1 ½ tablespoons (23 g) Fresh Lemon Juice


  • Add the sliced plums, sugar, whole cardamom pods and salt into a saucepan stirring to combine.
  • Bringing the stove to medium high, bring the mixture to a boil and continue heating until the sugar dissolves.
  • During this process, use a utensil similar to a potato masher to mash the plums, breaking them down.
  • Add lemon juice and stir to combine.
  • Lower the heat to a simmer and keep stirring while boiling, skimming off any foam.
  • Continue stirring for about 20-30 minutes total. You’ll know that the jam is ready when the juices have thickened significantly.
  • You can also test whether your jam is ready by using a cold plate! To do this, add a small plate to the freezer and place a spoonful of jam on the plate. If your jam sets within one minute on the cold plate you’re finished! If not, you’ll need to continue cooking a bit longer.
  • Finally, strain using a fine mesh sieve discarding the cardamom pods and into airtight heat proof container and allow to cool before using.


After making your jam, you'll want to store it in the refrigerator and use it within one month!


Calories: 66kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 49mg | Potassium: 60mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg
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