Pass The Jam in Se7en Steps…

We have a Jam eater…


It is most likely my fault because I read this book to him so many times when he was a kid that it has become one of our family stories that I can “read” as we drift off to sleep with the lights out!!!


Now I have always been a bit weary of jam, I shouldn’t be!!! My mother made marmaelade from our citrus hedge year after year and I remember a vast pot on the stove, delicious aromas and trays of jars packed as far as the eye can see. When I looked at recipes online they had things like pectin, and bottle sterilizing. And it got so complicated so fast. But I live with a jam eater…


And we had a heap of plums:


So ignoring all advice about multiple ingredients and sterilizing jars to store up for the winter… um who are we kidding this won’t last a week!!! I set the Jam eater to work:

Let’s meet the Players:

  • A pile of plums.
  • A heap of sugar.

Let’s Play the Game:

  1. First things first, weigh your fruit.

    Then measure the same weight in sugar.

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  3. Chop and de-pip… you needn’t take the pips out because they will float to the top. But a man must chop!!!
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  5. Add the sugar to your fruit.
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  7. Use a low hear and stir it to check nothing sticks, until the sugar is melted.
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  9. Let it boil and boil, stirring from time to time. We used a low heat the whole time, we didn’t need to turn it up high to get it bubbling.
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  11. After about 10 to fifteen minutes you will have a good froth on top, you can skim this off and the skins that will float to the top.
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  13. Let it boil away some more – at least ten to fifteen minutes. It is ready when the jam doesn’t slide down a cold plate (pop a plate or two in the fridge when you start boiling). Boil away until you reach the consistency of jam that you like. Be patient!!! You will get there…
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And you are done!!!




Bon Appetito!!!

10 Replies to “Pass The Jam in Se7en Steps…”

  1. Se7en!!! I am having a wobbly!! 😉 My oldest is turning 6 in March and he is doing Sonlight’s K this year … I feel like it doesnt take me long at all — like surely I should be sitting with him for much longer?? could you give me an idea of what should be “normal” for this kid??
    also — very proud to say my fourth finally finally made his glorious appearance two weeks ago today! just adoring him more than I can say!!
    thanks so much for your openness 😉

  2. Awesome!! You inspired us to make plum jam today, I shot down to the fruit and veg, bought a tray of plums and we have watched them bubble away. for first-time jam makers i dont think we did too badly! Thank you so much 😉

  3. Hay K, Well yesterdays was our first venture out and I have to say we are quite inspired ourselves!!! In fact I have some short farmers who are quite inspired to plant an orchard to produce the fruit to make the jam… hmmm first principles can be very exhausting!!! Have a fun weekend!!!

  4. haha! too cute. well, we know where to buy our fruit from in future 😉 We only have one small jar left, as they were so excited about it, they handed it all out to granny’s and grandpa’s! Have a great weekend!

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