Wild Plum Jelly
Total TimePrep: 55 min. Process: 5 min.
Makesabout 8 half-pints
- 5 pounds wild plums, halved and pitted
- 4 cups water
- 1 package (1-3/4 ounces) powdered fruit pectin
- 7-1/2 cups sugar
- In a stockpot, simmer plums and water until tender, about 30 minutes. Line a strainer with four layers of cheesecloth and place over a bowl. Place plum mixture in strainer; cover with edges of cheesecloth. Let stand for 30 minutes or until liquid measures 5-1/2 cups.
- Return liquid to the pan. Add pectin; stir and bring to a boil. Add sugar; bring to a full rolling boil. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
- Remove from the heat; skim off any foam. Carefully ladle hot mixture into hot sterilized half-pint jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles; wipe rims and adjust lids. Process for 5 minutes in a boiling-water canner.
Editor's NoteThe processing time listed is for altitudes of 1,000 feet or less. Add 1 minute to the processing time for each 1,000 feet of additional altitude.
Nutrition Facts2 tablespoons: 115 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 0 sodium, 29g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 0 protein.
Aug 19, 2019
We used the recipe exactly as recommended and it set and was slightly tart. I needed every bit of the sugar the recipe called for. We did boil down and strain the fruit. However, it is important to keep in mind the kind of plum that is being used. Ours were definitely wild and definitely on the start side. Loved it.
Sep 3, 2015
Hi Cbick,We don't recommend altering the sugar in any recipe that's processed. It can change the outcome of the recipe significantly, including the safety of the final product.Sue StetzelOnline Community / Field Editor ManagerTaste of Home Magazine
Sep 3, 2015
I followed this recipe exactly. It set up nicely and is very pretty however it is way too sweet. I think I would be happier with 1/2 the amount of sugar...
Jul 8, 2015
This recipe is so good. The only thing I did different was increase the sugar by one cup. I have made this four times and it always turns out great. I also get two more half pints than what it says it makes.
Nov 11, 2014
I've never made jelly before and this recipe turned out just like my mothers. It was very easy to prepare and I was very pleased with the final product. Thanks.
Sep 17, 2014
Just finished making this Jelly from my own Native Plum Trees! The recipe was easy to follow and worked perfectly. It is delicious!
Sep 3, 2014
This is a great jelly! We have lots of wild plums lining our country roads and I hate to see them go to waste! I have made this every year and our 4 kids love to have it with their breakfast! Thanks for a great recipe!
Jul 10, 2014
It's a bit extra work preparing the plum juice, but so worth the work. The jelly color is beautiful and great as gifts. The jelly is so clear you can see thru it in the jars. I found the color was dependent upon how red the plum skins were.
Sep 30, 2013
Modified this so it would work in my jam maker, I used an immersion blender to break up the plums to make jam instead of jelly. Came out beautiful, great color & flavor. It is so pretty I am going to give it as gifts for Xmas.
Sep 20, 2013
Growing up, my grandmother always had plum jelly for me. When I made it, was never like hers. So glad I found this recipe. It's like having nana back again.