Treat yourself to the irresistible taste of our plum jelly, a delicious creation that conveniently contains plenty of plums. Spread this delicious jam on warm toast or freshly baked bread and enjoy the rich and tangy taste. Not only is it a wonderful addition to breakfast, but it also serves as a fantastic accompaniment to the succulent flavors of roasted meat. Our plum jelly will enrich your culinary experience with its fruity deliciousness and increase the overall enjoyment of your favorite dishes.
- 1.8 kg plums
- Juice of 2 lemons
- Jamming sugar (not jamming sugar with pectin)
Jars must be sterilized before bottling. Preheat the oven to 100 °C fan/120 °C top/bottom heat/gas ½. Wash the jars in hot, soapy water, rinse well, and place on their side in the oven for 15 minutes.Famous plums
Britain’s most famous plum growing region is the Lyth Valley in Cumbria, says Henrietta Green. There you can buy locally made plum gin, plum vinegar, all sorts of plum chutneys, jams and pickles and even plum cheese.
- Wash the fruits
- Place the fruit in a preserving pot
- Add lemon juice and 300ml/1/2 pint water to the pan
- Bring the mixture slowly to a boil
- Simmer for 30-40 minutes until the fruit is soft
- Pour the contents of the pan into a scalded jelly bag
- Place a large bowl under the jam bag to catch the juice
- Leave on for several hours
- Measure the juice back into the pan
- Add 500g of sugar per 500ml of juice or 1lb of sugar per pint of juice
- Stir over low heat until the sugar has dissolved
- Increase heat and cook quickly until setting point
- Test the setting point by spooning some jelly onto a chilled saucer
- Allow to cool slightly and press with your finger – if it wrinkles, it’s ready
- If it’s not ready, put it back on the stove and let it cook for another 5 minutes before testing again
- Pour the jelly into warm, sterilized jars
- Allow to cool before sealing
- The jelly can be eaten immediately but will last up to a year
Equipment and tools
To make plum jelly you will need the following equipment and tools:
- Jars for preserving the jelly
- A large pot for cooking the fruit
- A muslin cloth or jam bag for straining the fruit
- A funnel for pouring the jelly into the glasses
- A ladle to scoop the jelly into the glasses
- An oven to sterilize the jars
Before making plum jelly, it is important to be aware of possible allergens. Please note the following:
- This recipe contains no known allergens
- However, if you suffer from certain allergies, please check the ingredients carefully
Storage and leftovers
Once you’ve made your plum jelly, here are some tips for storing and handling leftovers:
- Store the jelly in sterilized jars in a cool, dark place
- Seal the jars tightly to prevent air from entering and causing the jelly to spoil
- After opening, store the jelly in the refrigerator and use within 2-3 weeks
The health benefits of plum jelly
Plum jelly, made from the rich and aromatic fruits of the plum, not only tastes delicious but also offers several health benefits. Consuming plum jelly is rich in nutrients and antioxidants and can contribute to a balanced and nutritious diet. Here are some of the health benefits of enjoying this delicious spread.
1. Rich in vitamins and minerals
Plums are a great source of important vitamins and minerals. They contain vitamins A, C and E, which are known for their antioxidant properties and protect the body from free radicals. Plums also contain various minerals such as calcium, potassium and magnesium, which are important for maintaining healthy bones, muscles and nerve function.
2. Strengthens the immune system
Due to their high vitamin C content, plums are ideal for supporting a healthy immune system. Vitamin C is known to increase the production of white blood cells, which are responsible for fighting off viruses and infections. Including plum jelly in your diet can help boost your immune system and reduce your risk of common illnesses.
3. Supports digestive health
Plum jelly contains natural fruit pectin, which can aid digestion and promote a healthy intestine. Pectin acts as a natural fiber that helps regulate bowel movements, prevent constipation and promote regularity. It also acts as a prebiotic and promotes the growth of beneficial intestinal bacteria.
4. Antioxidant powerhouse
Antioxidants play an important role in protecting the body from oxidative stress and cell damage caused by harmful free radicals. Plums are rich in antioxidants, including anthocyanins, which give them their deep purple color. Including plum jelly in your diet can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and certain cancers.
5. Delicious addition to a low-sugar diet
In contrast to many commercially available jams and spreads, plum jelly can be made with preserving sugar instead of preserving sugar with a high sugar content. This makes it a suitable option for those on a low-sugar or diabetic diet. The natural sweetness of plums combined with a lower sugar content make them an excellent choice for those watching their sugar consumption.
Overall, plum jelly not only pampers your taste buds but also offers various health benefits. Whether you spread it on toast, pair it with cheese, or use it as a glaze, adding plum jelly to your diet can contribute to a nutritious and flavorful eating experience.