Homemade Plum Jam & Canning Tips

It’s plum time and everyone’s trees are bursting with fruit, maybe more than we know what to do with it all. I mean, one can only make so many crisps and muffins. Plum jam is an easy way to use up extra plums, even the ones that got blemished or split after falling from the tree. I include canning instructions but you can also freeze it in plastic bags or containers or just eat it fresh. Happy jam making!



It’s plum season!  I have a lovely Santa Rosa Plum tree that grows the most delicious plums that have that perfect balance of sweet and tart.  I would have a hard time selling the house and moving because of this tree. One Arbor Day, almost 20 years ago, my very excited kids brought several sticks bare root fruit trees home from school. Now, I will have to admit that these ‘trees’ looked a lot like dead twigs to me, but as a good mother does, I along with my boys, ceremoniously planted them and thus began our now flourishing fruit orchard, home to plum, orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, nectarine, cherry, kumquat, satsuma, avocado, Asian pear and several apple trees.  The queen of the orchard though, is the Santa Rosa Plum tree, one of the unlikely Arbor Day trees which grew from a 3 foot bare root stick to a glorious…

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