Plum Jam Recipe – No Pectin [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 3 reviews

Breakfast Jams & Sweet Sauces Recipes

Cook time Cook time: 8 minutes

Plum Jam is a sweet addition to biscuits, bread, and other delicacies! This one of a kind jelly recipe is a must for every household pantry!

If you want to add other fruity delights in your home, make sure to check out my awesome recipes for Strawberry Jam, Peach Jam, and Persimmon Jam.

Plum Preserves Recipe

Plum Jam is just about everything that you would look for in a homemade spread. It has the perfect combination of sweetness and tanginess that blends well with a lot of other desserts.

I always find that keeping a stock of jams and jellies very helpful. If you have guests with kids over, they can snack on it with crackers and it also can be a last-minute topping for cakes.

It is also quite easy to make with only a handful of ingredients needed. In addition, the process can also be a fun activity that you can do together with your family. 

I am extremely delighted to be sharing my recipe for Plum Jam with you. It is extremely quick, fun, and hassle-free so you should enjoy not only cooking it but also eating the sweet jelly. 

Do you skin plums before making jam?

Traditionally, plums should be skinned when making a jam. They tend to come off tough and the product might end up chewy. 

However, if you want to save time, you can always run it through a food processor or a blender to smoothen.

How to make Plum Jam without pectin

  • Prep the plums. Remove leaves, stem, and pit the fruit by getting a wooden spoon with a round end and shoving it into the fruit’s center to let the seed out. Cut it in half. 
  • Mix the ingredients. Place the plum and add sugar until well-coated. Leave them for another hour. 
  • Boil the ingredients. In a large pot, transfer the mixture and let it boil without any cover while stirring occasionally. Then, add lemon juice and zest. When it bubbles, let it simmer for 10 minutes before turning off.
  • Repeat the process. Do the boiling and stirring process again for four more times. On the 4th boil, make sure to let it simmer at a lower temperature. 
  • Place in a jar. Lastly, transfer the mixture inside a sterilized jar. Seal it and place it in a canning pot for a hot water bath. Let it sit for a day, then serve. 

What to serve with Plum Jam?

This jam recipe works with a lot of food. For breakfast choices, you may want to take a look at some of these easy to make morning delights to pair the jelly with:

How to sterilize the jars?

Sterilizing the jar is crucial in keeping your jam healthy and increase its shelf life. Before you transfer your mixture make sure that you have washed your jars with warm soapy water.

Afterward, let it dry in a preheated oven for twenty minutes. For the lid, you can also let it boil to kill off any bacteria.

How long does homemade plum jam last?

The shelf life of jellies largely depends on the canning process. If you followed the steps that I have provided, then it would last for up to two whole years. 

Make sure that you also store it in a cool and dry place to avoid spoilage. However, once opened, you may want to consume the jam as soon as possible as I have found that it lasts for up to three months.

Recipe Tips:

  • The fourth boil in the mixing process is the most crucial. Make sure that you do not forget to lower the temperature to avoid any scorches and burnt areas.
  • All equipment involved should be clean and not only the jars. This helps preserve freshness.

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5 from 3 reviews

Plum Jam Recipe

Plum Jam is a sweet addition to biscuits, bread, and other delicacies! This one of a kind jelly recipe is a must for every household pantry!

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 pint sized jars
Prep time: 2 minutes Cook time: 8 minutes Total time: 10 hrs



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Nutrition information

Calories: 696 Carbohydrates: 177 Protein: 4 Fat: 2 Saturated Fat: 1 Sodium: 1 Potassium: 890 Fiber: 8 Sugar: 169 Vitamin A: 1956 Vitamin C: 54 Calcium: 34 Iron: 1
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This looks like a lot of fun to make. Looking forward to trying this recipe.


Pam Wattenbarger

Can you believe I have never had plum jam? Looking forward to trying this recipe.


Amber Myers

Yum, sounds amazing! I need to try this. I do love plums but haven't ever tried plum jam.


Kristine Nicole Alessandra

I have never tried plum jam. Plums are not readily available in my country but I will check and see if they have prepared bottled plum jam at our local supermarket. It sure looks really tasty.


Jennifer Van Haitsma

I haven't had a plum in ages, but this sounds so good! They are one of my favorite fruits. Thanks for the recipe idea!


Crystal Carder

Plum jam sounds delicious! I haven't had plums in years, but I may have to pick some up next time I'm at the market and try this recipe!



This looks delish! Perfect for morning toast or even toppings for cupcakes and muffins!



I've always wanted to learn to make jam but wasn't familiar with pectin. This is the perfect recipe to try!



I love homemade jam. It's the best. I don't think that I have tried plum jam before though. I bet it would taste amazing.


Farrah Less

One thing I love to picked fruits on harvesting season. Is that I can make a jam out of it, loving the variety if jams that you can choose.



I just tried plum jam for the first time a couple weeks ago. My neighbor made me some. It's quite delicious!



This homemade plum jam looks delicious I would love to try it. Thanks for this wonderful recipe.


Ruth I

Oh great! Thank you for this recipe. I can't wait to make some for the family.



My daughter was just saying how she wanted to make some jam. This would be a fun project for her to try and to help pass the time.


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