One of my favourite things to make has to be jam! It’s so simple and versatile plus September is the perfect time for canning! If you actually take the time to make them properly (sealing them in a hot water bath), jam can actually be stored for up to two years. Once opened, it will last about 3 months in the fridge. I came up with the recipe below because I didn’t want to waste my beautiful plums; I’m leaving on vacation so I needed to use them before I left. I did not can them properly so the jam will only be good for a couple of weeks in the fridge but it’s so good that the jar is already half empty. The big plus if you make your jam at home = YOU know how much sugar goes into it and YOU get to decide to put more or less. Store-bought jam is packed with sugar and preservatives and the taste of the actual fruit is often lost. It’s worth taking the time to make it yourself…and honestly it kind of just cooks itself!
For one 12oz jar
- 2 cups of Italian plums, diced
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup of sugar
- 2 star anise
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 nutmeg
In a saucepan on medium heat, bring everything to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for at least an hour. I always start by adding 1/2 cup of sugar, half way through I taste the jam and add more sugar if needed. It really depends on how sweet the fruit is, it can vary from one batch to another so adjust accordingly.