I went to my local fruit stand and bought 6lbs of plums because they were so affordable! Then I had to think about what I would make out of them. I decided to make some jam, however I have never made plum jam before.
This is a super simple way to make jam if you have the time.
Start by cutting 6lbs of plums in half and pitting them, placing the plums in a large bowl.
Per the 6lbs of plums add 2 1/4c sugar to the plums and mix well, let the sugar sit until it has dissolved.
Place the plum mixture in a large pot on the stove and bring to a boil. Once it is evenly boiling place the element on simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. After the 10 minutes allow the mixture too cool down to room temperature.
Once this is room temperature you are going to bring the mixture to a boil, and then place on simmer again. You will do this process a total of 4 times. If you still believe it is not your desired consistency then do this 5 times. As it cools it does become thicker.
Then on the last boil get your sterilized jars ready. I was able to fill 4 jars, which is just enough for my husband and I. Fill them right after you allow the mixture to simmer for 10 minutes.
Fill the jars carefully, leaving about 1/2-1in of space at the top, make sure the rims of the jar are cleaned off otherwise they may not seal.
I do not have a pressure cooker, I ended up bringing a pot of water to boil on the stove and placing all four jars in the pot. The lids of the jars were covered with water by 1-2in. I let them boil for 10 minutes.
Carefully remove the jars and place upside down to sit until cool. If the lids “pop” up and down when you push on them then they have not sealed, and you will need to try to seal again. All my jars ended up sealing well on the first attempt.
When you open your jam for eating I suggest storing in the fridge.
2 1/4c Sugar