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Recipe: Stuart's Fabulous Plum Jam

Updated: Aug 30, 2022

What better way to celebrate the British summer than with some seasonal jams. We've always been a society of jam makers in the UK. And we can see why. It's one of the best ways to take advantage of the abundance of seasonal produce.

Plums are out in force at the moment in the UK. There are 12 varieties of plums that grow in the UK and any will work with this simple plum jam recipe.

Another reason why we love seasonal produce and making jam is that it requires jars! We love glass jars and have a wide variety in stock. So when you're thinking of this recipe and you are about to go and pick your lovely plums. Don't forget to place your order for some high quality glass jam jars from our online store.

We recommend our 190ml Panel Jar for this particular recipe. We sell a pack of 10 for £5.10 plus delivery. What a bargain. Don't forget to order yours before you go foraging!

plum jam recipe photo by Anna Tukhfatullina Food Photographer/Stylist


  • 1kg plums, stoned and roughly chopped

  • 1kg white granulated sugar



  1. Sterilise the jars before you start. Check out our handy blog with a few different methods for sterilising here.

  2. Put a couple of small plates in the freezer. You'll need these later to test if your jam has set.

  3. Put the plums in your jam pan and add 100ml water. Bring to a simmer, and cook for about 10 minutes until the plums are tender but not falling apart.

  4. Add the sugar and let it dissolve slowly. Don't let the jam boil. This should take around 10 minutes.

  5. Bring the jam to a full rolling boil. After about 5 mins. Get your cold saucer and spoon a little jam onto it. Wait a few seconds, then push the jam with your finger or spoon. If it wrinkles, the jam is set. If not keep cooking for a few minutes more and test again.

  6. Take the jam off the heat and Pour in to hot jars, seal and leave to cool. this will keep for 1 year in a cool, dark place. Keep in the fridge once opened.

making homemade jam
Use a saucer to catch drips and test your jam!

Stuart's Top Tip!

If you don't have a funnel use a mug and saucer to help you pour your jam in to the jars. The saucer will catch any spilled jam and will save you time cleaning up later!

Pouring jam in to glass jars
Check out Stuart's pouring method

What do you think of this fabulous and simple jam recipe? Do you have a plum tree at home? Why not try making your own jam. And don't forget. No matter what jam you are making this summer. Head over to our online glass jar store for all your jar needs!

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All the best

The team at Sen5es

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