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Jar of damson plum recipe

Damson Jam

  • Author: Michelle Minnaar
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 62 x 30ml (2 tbsp) servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Do you have a glut of damsons? This is the perfect damson recipe for you! Damson jam is quick and easy to make and makes the perfect gift for a foodie.


  • 1kg (2.2lbs) damsons
  • 1.25kg (6 cups) jam sugar
  • 250ml (1 cup) water


  1. First, stone the damsons with a cherry pitter.
  2. Rinse them well under a tap and drain.
  3. Place the damsons, jam sugar and water in a large saucepan or preserving pan.
  4. Slowly heat the contents, while stirring, letting the sugar slowly dissolve in the water and fruit juices.
  5. Bring to a rolling boil and maintain it for 15 minutes. During this period you’ll need to keep stirring the sauce to prevent it sticking in places and subsequently burning.
  6. Remove from the heat and test the jam. E.g. Take a small dollop of jam onto a cold saucer and cool.
  7. Push your finger from one side into the jam. If the skin has formed wrinkles, the setting point has been reached. If it hasn’t wrinkled, boil for another 2 minutes and test again. Repeat this process until the desired wrinkles form.
  8. Pour the jam in sterilised jars and seal with a clean lid. This recipe yields 5 x 370ml (1lb) jam jars and makes excellent foodie gifts!
  • Category: Jam
  • Method: Boil
  • Cuisine: British

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