Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

This is the recipe I have always used to make Plum Jam. My family loves this!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Never double canning recipe!
  2. Combine plums, water, lemon juice, and pectin in a large sauce pot. Bring to a rolling boil over high heat, stirring constantly.
  3. Add sugar; return to a rolling boil. Boil hard 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  4. Pour hot into hot jars, leaving 1/4" head space. Adjust caps.
  5. Process 10 minutes in boiling water bath.
  6. Brandied Plum Jam: add 1 cup brandy to fruit mixture.
  7. Plum Orange Spice Jam: add zest from 1 orange, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and 1/2 tsp nutmeg to fruit mixture.
Most Helpful

This is our new family plum jam recipe! My oldest boy brought home a big sack of plums from a neighbor's, and we had to do something, so this is what we tried. The only change I made was to process the jars just a tad longer- 20 min.- because we're at a higher elevation- and everything came out PERFECT. These old Ball Blue Book recipes are the gold standard for canning- this is a can't-miss recipe! Thanks for sharing it with us! :)

Leopardstripes August 29, 2014

We really enjoyed this jam recipe. The instructions were easy to follow, too. I will keep this as my standard recipe for those times that I want to make plum jam again. Thanks for sharing your recipe, Chris Reynolds. Made for Spain/Portugal monthly tag game for October 2012.

NorthwestGal October 31, 2012