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Two Peas and Their Pod: Plum Cinnamon and Plum Raspberry Jam

Friday, October 02, 2009

Plum Cinnamon and Plum Raspberry Jam



I haven't made jam in years. Our plum tree went wild this year so I was pressured into making Plum Cinnamon and Plum Raspberry Jam. The plums made me do it!


We made freezer jam and it was really easy. We started with the Plum Cinnamon Jam. Pitting the plums was the hardest part, but Josh helped, so it didn't take long. The cinnamon gave the plums a sweet finishing touch. I hated seeing how much sugar was involved, but it made a lot of jam and you only use a little at a time.


Next, we made Plum Raspberry Jam. Raspberries were on sale and they are the perfect compliment for plums. The jam is a little tart and a little sweet. I love the bright red color of this jam too.


We put the jam in plastic jars, but you can use glass jars if you wish. Our freezer is now full of jam. We love using it on our honey whole wheat bread. If you ever have an abundance of plums, try making jam. Homemade is the best!


I am submitting my jam recipes to Under The High Chair's Jam Swap! If you made jam this summer, you should join in on the fun. The deadline to submit is November 1st!


Now for some "housekeeping items." I have been working on a few new features for the blog. I've added Link Within so it is easier for you to find similar recipes. I am also highlighting recipes from other blogs at the end of each post. I am in the process of adding printable recipes to all of my posts. It takes some time, but I am getting there. I also added a recipe converter on the left hand side. I would appreciate feedback from my readers. Is there anything else I can do for you? Leave a comment and let me know. Thanks and have a great weekend.



Plum Cinnamon Freezer Jam


(Printable Recipe)


2 lbs. plums
5 ½ cups sugar

1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 box of Sure-Jell


Pit 2 pounds plums, do not peel. Finely chop into 1/4 inch pieces. Add to a 1/4 cup of water and simmer 5 minutes.


Stir sugar into the plum/water mixture. Add the cinnamon and stir well. Remove from heat and set aside for 10 minutes.


Mix 3/4 cup water and 1 box Sure-Jell pectin in a small saucepan. Bring to a full rolling boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Continue boiling for 1 minute. Stir the mixture into the fruitand sugar.


Stir constantly for 3 minutes. Fill clean, dry containers immediately to within 1/2 inch of the tops. We used plastic container jars, but you can use glass jars. Wipe off the top edge of containers and quickly cover with lids.


Let stand at room temperature for 24 hours. Store in freezer until opened. After opening, store in refrigerator up to 3 weeks.


Plum Raspberry Freezer Jam


(Printable Recipe)


2 cups of fruit (we did an even mix of diced plums and raspberries)
4 cups sugar

2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 box of Sure-Jell


Pit 2 pounds plums, do not peel. Finely chop into 1/4 inch pieces. Smash raspberries with a spoon or potato masher in a bowl. Strain through a sieve to remove the seeds.


Add fruit to a 1/4 cup of water and simmer 5 minutes. Stir sugar into the plum/raspberry mixture. Add the lemon juice. Remove from heat and set aside for 10 minutes.


Mix 3/4 cup water and 1 box Sure-Jell pectin in a small saucepan. Bring to a full rolling boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Continue boiling for 1 minute. Stir the mixture into the fruitand sugar.


Stir constantly for 3 minutes. Fill clean, dry containers immediately to within 1/2 inch of the tops.


We used plastic container jars, but you can use glass jars. Wipe off the top edge of containers and quickly cover with lids.


Let stand at room temperature for 24 hours. Store in freezer until opened. After opening, store in refrigerator up to 3 weeks.


If you like plums you may also like:

Plum Conserve from Simply Recipes

Plum Almond Tart from Smitten Kitchen

Plum Cupcakes from Zoe Bakes

Plum Coffee Cake Muffins from Two Peas and Their Pod

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35 Comments:

Blogger Disneypal said...

I have never made jam but I made grape jelly once (years ago), just to see if I could (it came out good) but it wasn't freezer jam.

This sounds really good and easy - I'm going to try to get my hands on some good plums and make this. Thanks

4:17 AM  
Blogger Flourchild said...

I grew up with every homemade jam you can think of. My mom was big into canning and making jam. I unfortunetly did not adopt that trait from her. I wish I would have.
Your jam looks great!

5:02 AM  
Blogger VeggieGirl said...

Must. have. that. jam.

5:30 AM  
Blogger VeggieGirl said...

P.S. - to answer your "Is there anything else I can do for you?" question...


You are fabulous - thank you for adding all the recipe elements already! :)

5:31 AM  
Blogger April said...

Your jam sounds fantastic!

5:42 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

mmmmmmmm I mean...if you guys have too much jam...we could probably find a way to eat some of it for you ;)

5:57 AM  
Blogger kat said...

Both jams sound so good. I was really attracted to the cute freezer jars at the grocery store this year but just went for regular canning instead.

6:30 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

you know me and jam! mmmmmm! I wish I had some kind of fruit tree in my yard!

8:11 AM  
Blogger Dolce said...

I have made jam since... well, a long time. And before that, my mother. It's a confort smell to me and I love it!
But I had never mixed raspberry and plum. I like the idea!

8:58 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

I wish I had a plum tree! These jams sound fabulous.

Oh, and I totally feel your pain because I am slowly trying to add printable recipes to my posts too! I wish I knew how to do it when I first started blogging!

10:29 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

These both sound sooo good! Ive never had plum jam!

10:56 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

mmmmmmm. i love making jam! this looks great!

10:58 AM  
Blogger Tracy @ Sugarcrafter said...

Sounds delicious! Yum!

11:10 AM  
Blogger Snooky doodle said...

homemade jams are always best :)

12:01 PM  
Blogger The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

I've never tried making jam. This is certainly the season for it. I'm imagining yoru homemade jam on all kinds of home-baked treats.

12:01 PM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A wonderful jam!

Cheers,

Rosa

1:00 PM  
Blogger Monica H said...

Plum jam is my absolute favorite, especially with crunchy peanut butter on soft bread!

1:11 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

oh how i love freezer jam cuz it maintains that fresh fruit flavor and plum jam is one of my favorites...only I've never made it! silly me

1:39 PM  
Blogger Grace said...

i've never had a plum-flavored jam, but i'm sure it'd not only taste delicious, but the color is gorgeous! note to self--find a home with a plum tree in the back yard. :)

1:48 PM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

LOL, I thought that funny you were concerned about the amount of sugar used. Cute!

Your cinnamon Plum jam sounds good!
~ingrid

4:32 PM  
Anonymous Dana said...

I have never made jam. I can't believe it because I know homemade is so much better than anything you can buy. I love the idea of plum! So different.

4:44 PM  
Blogger Kerstin said...

Oh, your plum jam sounds fabulous and I'm jealous you have a plum tree! Thanks for adding the printable recipe link.

6:04 PM  
Anonymous angela@spinachtiger said...

Just the sound of plum jam excites me. I made plum ice cream this year and loved it.

6:10 PM  
Blogger Chef Jeena said...

Wow this looks so delicious, I would love some of your plum jam on some toast!

1:59 AM  
Anonymous Lindsey @ Sound Eats said...

Wow this looks awesome! I've always wanted to make my own jam. Plum jam sounds divine. :)

12:19 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

The jam sounds wonderful Maria. You are lucky to have Josh to help you, my hubby stays out of the kitchen LOL

5:14 AM  
Blogger Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

How wonderful to have a plum tree in your yard! Excellent use of your bounty - yum!

9:06 AM  
Blogger lesley living life said...

Mmm!! There's no jam better than homemade ... the plum raspberry sounds especially good to me!

7:02 PM  
Blogger RecipeGirl said...

I've always wanted to make some freezer jam- the typical canning kind of stuff isn't really for me, but freezer jam is more my style. These both sound like great flavors!

9:25 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

What a great idea! I think the plums with the raspberries is such a good idea.

And excellent work with updating the site. I need to do mine soon but I'm feeling sooo lazy.

11:04 PM  
Blogger Deeba @Passionate About Baking said...

great idea on the jam. i have the same 'too much sugar' thought when I make jam, but then you are right, it does make a vast amount. good job on your housekeeping on the blog Maria. If you don't mind my asking, do you add each similar link form other blogs on the bottom on your own, or is there a generator? Cheers

7:10 AM  
Blogger Aimée said...

Awesome flavor combination. I can't get over the color of those plums! Thanks for the submission!

4:24 PM  
Blogger Esme said...

This looks great-I bought some plums to make jam this week. I cannot wait.

10:08 PM  
Blogger Engineer Baker said...

Hehe - the plums made you do it indeed :P Sounds like a delicious excuse to me! I love homemade jam.

6:05 AM  
Blogger Girl Japan: April Marie said...

The picture is amazing, sounds and looks divine... and YUM..... I need to go out and get some butter..

9:18 PM  

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