Peach-Plum Summer Jam

"This recipe adapts well to any favortie summer stone fruit; just make sure you end up with 4 cups of processed fruit. Also feel free to adjust or change the flavoring to your taste. In this recipe, the ginger adds a pleasant spicy brightness to the big round flavors of fully ripe peaches and plums. I like a little texture in jam, so just mashed the fruit, squeezing with my hands to control the chunkiness. If you like smoother jam, feel free to whirl away in a blender or processor. And if you aren't comfortable or familiar with water-bath canning, storing this jam in the freezer works just fine too."
photo by Hungry Hogareno photo by Hungry Hogareno
photo by Hungry Hogareno
Ready In:
7 1/2 pints




  • When selecting fruit, eyeball the quantities; you will want to end up with 4 cups of peeled and processed fruit, so the quantity of whole fruits may vary depending on size. If the fruit isn't perfectly ripe, let sit on counter for a day or two before peeling.
  • Peel fruit by dropping whole fruits into boiling water for a minute or two, then plunge fruits into sink or a large bowl filled with ice water. When cool enough to handle, use a small paring knife to score bottom with a small shallow "x" and the skins should slip right off. Halve fruits and remove pits.
  • Mash or process fruits to desired consistency and stir in ginger and pectin. Place fruit puree in a 4- to 6-quart pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to prevent burning. Cook for about 2 minutes, then dump in sugar and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat and ladle into sterilized 1/2-pint jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Process in hot water bath canner for 10 minutes or let cool and store in freezer.

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