For this jam, I roasted the red plums which concentrates their flavor and adds a pleasant note of caramelized richness. It also allows the beautiful red pigment and tartness of the skin to seep into the sweet yellow flesh of the plum. Then I boiled the resulting juice together with the peels (which now slip off the fruit easily) and some fresh thyme to round out the flavor. I also specify low-sugar pectin– regular pectin requires specific quantities of sugar and citric acid to set up. I don’t like my jams to be too sweet, so unless I am making a very tart preserve (see my blood orange marmalade recipe which uses natural pectin in the citrus peels), I typically like to use a low-sugar pectin. Low-sugar pectin uses a salt to activate the gelling in the pectin– so essentially, you can cheat on the sugar concentration. One last note: if you are looking to do any summer preserving, I wholeheartedly recommend the USDA’s guide to canning and preserving– it is comprehensive, readable and practical. And it’s free! So happy canning, and make the most of these last few days of summer. My full write-up (along with lots of other food-related nonsense) is also available at my blog, kitchentablescraps.com


5 lb. Red Plums
a large bunch of fresh Thyme
½ c. sugar
2 lemons
1½ c-2 c. sugar
5½t. low-sugar pectin
calcium water (prepare as directed on pectin package)


2 qts. jam

(I've also attached a printer-friendly pdf of the complete recipe.)

Step 1: Roast Fruit

Roast Fruit:

Preheat your oven to 425°F. Halve the plums and place them pit side up on a baking sheet. (If the pits are difficult to remove, you can remove them later). Tuck sprigs of thyme into the fruit and sprinkle with ¼c. sugar. Roast for 25 minutes, until the fruit is soft and just lightly caramelized. Leave out until the fruit is cool enough to handle.

Sterilize Jars:

While the fruit is in the oven, you can sterilize your jars. Wash and rinse the jars and lids you’ll be preserving in. Place the jars in a stock pot with a small grate on the bottom. Pour hot water from the tap over the jars and let them sit for a few minutes to slowly warm up. Place the stockpot over high heat. Cover and bring to a boil. Turn heat off and leave jars to sit in the hot water.
<p>I like the sound of this flavor combo! Thyme is one of my favorite herbs.</p>
i like the jam it is good
Se delicious. Great idea
look so lovely , must be delicious
look so lovely , must be delicious

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