In the supermarket they were selling some cheap fruit, it was past its best and soft, so straight home with it and use it. I have another plum jam recipe on this site and on that I show how to peel plums but with this soft fruit it was easy just to peel without any preparation, don’t worry too much about getting all the peel it’s not going to harm the jam leaving some in. Peel the nectarines with a knife, remove the stones from all the fruit, A kilo of plums gave me 700gms of flesh and 3 nectarines made the amount up to 1kg
1kg peeled de-stoned plums and nectarines
100ml of water
Juice of half a lemon
1 sachet Pectin
sterilize washed jars and new lids in boiling water.
Cold jars go into cold water and then heated up.
Hot food goes into hot jars and goes in hot water
Put the water in a saucepan add fruit and lemon juice and cook the fruit till its mushy.
On a slow simmer add the sugar and cook till it dissolves.
Any large peace’s of skin can be removed if seen, careful not to burn yourself.
If making without pectin continue to simmer so that the jam reduces and thickens.
Once the sugar has dissolved turn the heat up to a rolling boil and add pectin, keep boiling stirring constantly for 2 minutes.
Prepare an area with a cutting board with a tea towel on top, the idea is to stop the jar from breaking when placed on a cold surface, I’ve never had a jar break doing this.
Be careful removing the jars from the hot water. Not absolutely nesaccery but I recommend you get jar tongues and a magnet wand for the lids. Get a jam making kit HERE
Fill the jars to about 1cm from the top, it’s easier to use a funnel but if you don’t have one carefully ladle the jam into the jars.
Clean the jar rims with a paper towel put a lid on and tighten.
Put the jars of jam back into the boiling water and re-steralize for 5 mins.
After 5 mins, remove from the water and put back onto covered board, now leave them alone, don’t handle them, don’t check the lids, leave alone to cool.
If you’re using the the proper tamper proof lids the indicator will pop down as the jam cools, if after 12 hrs if they haven’t popped down put the jam in the fridge and treat it as an open jar.