Autumn Plum Jam

Autumn Plum Jam

I have fond memories of my mum making fig jam (later to become a mantra of mine >_>) all the way through my childhood when we had a massive fig tree out the back that would without fear be laden with fruit each season. I actually don’t entirely enjoy fresh figs but goodness do I love fig jam!

Anyway, I was at the market the other day and noticed incredibly cheap plums that weren’t in the best condition. However, I don’t like passing up a bargain so I got a huge bag of them and knew exactly what to do with them.

Also, side note: This recipe is ridiculously easy. I mean, seriously. If you are able-bodied and can’t do this then there is something missing in your life and you should consult a doctor.


  • 4kg plums
  • 1kg jam sugar OR
  • 1kg jam AND 1 sachet fruit pectin
  • 4 cinnamon quills
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 vanilla pod


  1. Rinse and cut up the plums, removing the stones as you go.
  2. Place the roughly cut up plums, jam sugar, cinnamon and star anise into a large, lidded microwave-proof container.
  3. Microwave on high for 30 minutes, possibly reading a book or doing something productive in the mean time.
  4. When finished, remove from microwave and take off the lid, watching out for the imminent giant cloud of steam.
  5. Stir the jam thoroughly and add the vanilla pod then leave to nearly completely cool for an hour or so to allow excess water to evaporate.
  6. When you become impatient and can’t wait any longer, put back in the microwave for a further 30 minutes.
  7. Repeat the whole process for a total of 3 times (or 1.5 hours cooking time).
  8. To test to see if the jam is setting, place a little on a small saucer and allow to cool. You can also taste the levels of sweetness at this stage.
  9. If it passes the ‘nom’ test, pour into jars that you have sterilised by boiling in hot water for a few minutes.
  10. Store in the fridge for winter.

Alternative Method

  • Instead of a microwave, you can boil the jam in a large non-stick pot until it passes the plate test. It will probably take less time.

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