Delicious plum and ginger jam recipe, that’s so easy to make, that you’ll wonder why you’ve never tried it before!
The traditional plum jam recipe is a great base for differently flavoured plum jams. This is one is perfect for cold autumn mornings as the warmness of the ginger makes the jam so delicious! Plus could be sometimes a little bland, so adding ginger and lemon helps to add a fabulous flavour.
You can use fresh ginger or ground ginger in this recipe, but if I can I use fresh ginger, as it’s much more zingy and ehm…fresh!
The amount of ginger you use it’s entirely up to you. If you prefer a milder taste use a little less and taste it first before you add the whole amount. The ground ginger is easy enough to use (just add it in), but if you are using fresh ginger, make sure you first cut off the skin and then grate it on a very fine grater (or stick it into a food processor). You don’t want to have any big pieces of ginger in your plum jam.
You can also choose to do a lot of the preparation in advance and leave the whole mixture overnight but you don’t have to.
I’ve made this recipe several times and I always seems to follow a different timing, but it all works in the end!
If you’ve never made a plum jam (or any jam…) before, I have a few handy jam-making tips included in my other jam recipes.
Plum & Ginger Jam Recipe
- preserving pan or large saucepan
- jam thermometer (optional)
- 1 kg plums
- 1 kg sugar white or jam making sugar
- 1 medium size fresh ginger or 4 teaspoons of ground ginger (dry version)
- 1 lemon
- Cut all of the plums into halves and remove the stones. Add everything to a large saucepan and mix in the white sugar. Cover with a lid and leave for few hours (or overnight, if you like)
- Add the ginger and juice from one lemon.
- Place the saucepan on a low to medium heat and gently stir the jam until the sugar has dissolved completely.
- Once the sugar has dissolved, raise the heat slightly and bring the jam to a boil for around ten minutes, or until the jam starts to get thicker.
- Take the saucepan off the heat and test the jam to see if reached its setting point.
The way to do this is to put a small teaspoon of the jam on a cold plate and if in about five minutes the jam firms up, its ready to be potted.
- If the testing jam hasn't firmed up in 5 minutes on the plate, put the whole saucepan back onto the medium heat and continue boiling for another 5 minutes. Repeat the test and pot up when ready.