Here, I show you how to make 8 jars of Chilli Plum Jam with 2kg plums.
Since moving in to our first home, we’ve been blessed with a plum tree that has helped me out at Christmas time.
Although what I didn’t realise is that one year in a while, it has a resting period. And just like last year too, I never saw any fruit. Sadly we also had to chop down a 2nd tree to install a fence.
But 6kg of plums this year has kept me very busy. Who else doesn’t like waste?
6kg of plums, some of which were used for chilli plum jam
It’s in an awkward spot at the bottom of the garden too. Partly leaning over the neighbour’s fence, so I have now offered for them to help themselves.
So far, I’ve made a James Martin plum steamed pudding in my Tefal Cook4Me Connect. Then I made this delicious Plum & Cookie Crumble using my new Denby Halo baking dish. And now Plum & Chilli Jam for Christmas gifts.
I always make hampers each year. That way, I can stay at home, save money and not get squashed in queues for last minute presents. Does that tick enough boxes for you?
DO I NEED TO USE CHILLI FOR CHILLI PLUM JAM?
And if chilli isn’t your thing, it is completely optional. But my top tips would be to add a little bit at a time in the simmering process. And luckily Marigold sent me a pack of 40 disposable gloves that were perfect for the job.
I used to be your sort of wing-it girl and getting spicy eye was hit and miss. But let me tell you, it’s not worth the hassle, so try to do yourself a favour!
DO I NEED TO STERILIZE JARS?
It’s important to sterilize jars for chilli plum jam. In fact, any jam for that matter.
Even if you’re recycling or buying new packs from Lakeland, you need to sterilize them. Note, however, buying new jars can be a pretty dear do when you making them to give as gifts.
I find it sufficient enough to recycle them and then add some fancy Tala tops. But pretty scraps of fabric and string are equally as pretty.
HOW DO I STERILIZE JARS?
Some people say putting jars in the dishwasher is hot enough to kill germs. Others say dishwashers can carry bacteria inside and isn’t suitable.
I’ve cleaned them in the dishwasher and I think it worked. However, as I give them as gifts, I never have them long enough to see.
So, here’s my regular method where I boil the lids in clean water and bake the clean jars in the oven. Although, it’s best to sterilize more than you think you’ll need. Occasionally, the jars can break.
OTHER THAT CHILLI PLUM JAM, WHAT ELSE CAN YOU MAKE AS JARRED GIFTS?
As I mentioned earlier, making a jar of something is one of my traditions. And here are more recipes I’ve given regularly as gifts:
Here’s how to make Chilli Plum Jam:
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Chilli Plum Jam Recipe
- 2 kg plums stoned & quartered
- 2 kg granualted sugar
- 2 chillis deseeded & finely chopped (Optional)
- 300 ml water
- In a large jam pan (I always use my favourite Kitchen Craft),, add the plums, chillis if using and water and bring to the boil and then simmer for 30-40 minutes.
- Lower the heat and stir in the sugar until it has completely dissolved.
- Now bring to a continuous boil for 10 minutes, stirring here and there to avoid burning on the bottom.
- Once the 10 minutes is up, check with a thermometer to check it has reached 105 degrees and pour in to hot sterilised jars.
- Screw the lids on night and tight and it’s ready to store or give immediately as gifts.