Tonight I got around to making the jam, and it sure is pretty. Smells wonderful also, plums, port and cinnamon. I did not really use a recipe, but followed the guidelines - somewhat.
Plums have a lot of pectin naturally, so I felt confident that the jam would be just right with a double recipe and only 1 package of pectin. I had made a wonderful plum butter out of some leftover plums and used no pectin, it turned out wonderful and was gone in 3 days.
My favorite part of jam making is the little bit that doesn't fit into a jar. You get to enjoy it now. We always had bread and butter as part of dinner on jam making days, back in the day........
At this point I had the clean jars resting in a 250 degree oven. And the pan to the rear holds rings and lids, resting in hot (not boiling) water.
This pan of fruit puree, was started on Sunday. It contains 6-8 cups of the cherry size plums washed and left whole. 1 c port wine and 4 cinnamon sticks. Brought to a boil, and then simmered for 45 - 60 minutes. Set aside to cool. When cool remove cinnamon sticks, strain fruit through a stainless steel colander, stir gently to push fruit solids and through the holes. You will have a small mound of pits and some skin remnants to throw out.
I measured the puree, I had 6 liquid cups. I added equal sugar and the juice from 1 large lemon. Then it went into the fridge to rest until I was ready/had the time to finish.
To finish, stir 1 package of pectin into the puree, bring to a boil. Boil rapidly for 1 minute (you might want to check your pectin brand, it might be different).
Ladle int into 8, 8 oz jars, cap and place in boiling water bath. Process for 10 minutes starting after the water has returned a boil.
Remove jars from pot, set aside to cool. You should hear the "ping" of the seals coming down.
Makes 8, 8 oz jars and a little bit for now.
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