Plum Jelly

Raw plums right from the tree to make jelly that will keep in a home canning jar on the pantry shelf until opened. If processing for canning then mixture should be a bit watery. The canning process will thicken the jelly.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
5 8-ounce jars


  • 2 ½ pounds fresh plums, pitted and halved

  • 4 cups white sugar

  • 1 cup water


  1. Combine plums, sugar, and water in a large pot over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Lower heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, until mixture has thickened to desired consistency, 30 to 40 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, inspect five 8-ounce jars for cracks and rings for rust, discarding any defective ones. Immerse in simmering water until jelly is ready. Wash new, unused lids and rings in warm soapy water.

  3. Remove jelly from the heat and skim off any heavy foam. Ladle hot jelly into hot, sterilized jars, filling to within 1/2 inch of the top. Run a clean knife or thin spatula around the insides of the jars to remove any air bubbles. Wipe rims with a moist paper towel to remove any residue. Top with lids and screw rings on finger-tight.

  4. Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot and fill halfway with water. Bring to a boil and lower jars 2 inches apart into the boiling water using a holder. Pour in more boiling water to cover jars by at least 1 inch. Bring to a rolling boil, cover, and process for 15 minutes. Remove jars from water bath and tighten rings.

  5. Place jars on a towel to cool until lids pop. Press lids to confirm the seal.

Cook's Note:

If you don't want to can these, cook the jelly a bit longer: check doneness by dropping a small spoonful of jelly onto a frozen plate. Let sit for 1 to 2 minutes; if jelly appears to gel, it is ready. Continue cooking if jelly appears thin and runny. When jelly has reached desired consistency, ladle into clean jars with hermetic seals. Allow to cool completely before storing in the refrigerate.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

724 Calories
1g Fat
186g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 724
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 186g 68%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 182g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 22mg 108%
Calcium 17mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 360mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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