Thursday, February 26, 2015

Tantalising Plum Jam


As children, we just loved jam and each of us could finish a bottle in a day or so.  My Mum seldom bought jam from the shop as she was an expert at making jams of all kinds and we children revelled in it.  Each of us had our favourites and Plum Jam was top on the list.  Home made jam is one of the easiest things to do and the result is very satisfying.  Recently, I bought some plums at the super market and they were so sour that the only option was to convert them into jam.  That's what I did and one bottle is nearly over in just three days.

The Recipe:

8 Plums- choose good quality fruit; 2 cups water; sugar to taste; 1 tsp vinegar.

Wash and cut the plums into bite sized pieces discarding the stone.  Pressure cook for 10 minutes in 2 cups water.  Cool and measure the cooked plums.  For every cup of plums add 1/2 cup sugar or to taste.  Add the vinegar , return to the stove and bring to boiling point.  Lower flame and simmer till desired consistency is reached- thick or like a jelly.  It's up to you.  We like our jams slightly runny (like honey).  Keep stirring the jam with a wooden spoon every once in a while to prevent sticking at the bottom.  Cool and bottle.  Serve with cold meats, salads or toast.  

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