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Damson Jam Recipe

damson jam

This Damson Jam Recipe is easy to make as damsons have loads of pectin and enough acid for a good set.

Ingredients for Damson Jam:

  • 4 lbs (1.8 kg) damsons
  • ¼ pint (145 ml) water
  • 4 lbs (1.8 kg) sugar

Method for Damson Jam:

  1. Wash and wipe the damsons. Pick over to remove stalks.
  2. Put into a pan with the water and simmer gently until the fruit is soft, occasionally pressing the damsons against the sides of the pan to break open and release the stones.
  3. Remove the stones.
  4. Test for pectin.
  5. Add the sugar, stirring until it has dissolved.
  6. Bring to the boil and boil rapidly for about 10 minutes until the jam sets when tested.
  7. Remove the remainder of the stones as they rise to the surface.
  8. Remove the scum.
  9. Pot and seal while still hot.

Makes around 6lbs (2.7 kgs) of jam.

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162 comments on “Damson Jam Recipe
  1. margaret says:

    If the plums are very small grape sized they are mirabelles or cherry plums. I find them a bit sweet for jam. You could stew and freeze them. On stone fruit in a microwave the problem is they will explode if you don’t destone them first. You could try pricking them with a fork but I think its easier to stew them gently in a saucepan. On pectin just use apple cores and peelings you could stew and put in the fridge but no real need. Boil with the jam in a muslin bag (or clean piece of cloth). Less flavour adding than citrus pips.

  2. tracey says:

    Just made my first batch of damson jam. Looks and tastes lovely but has retained some astringency from the fruit. Posit I didn’t use sloes. Is this normal and is it ok to eat?

  3. Ray says:

    @Peter: They are probably wild plums, usually yellow but sometimes some fruit turns red as it ripens, I make jam with these each year, not as sweet as the larger plums but very nice. Usually have a small round stone.

  4. janet darby says:

    @Christine Cook: Hi like to hear of good jam making. I add pectin in my jam does not take too long to simmer. Damsons make beautiful jam but I could not get any this year from locals, a bad year apparently. Do you know where I can get some fresh or frozen for our jam pots thanks.

  5. janet darby says:

    @Ray: Hi Ray I think the wild plums are bullace wish I could get some myself makes loveley jam

  6. janet darby says:

    @angie: Just wash them and put them in bags in the freezer, they will be ok for months.

  7. janet darby says:

    @Iain: yes and damson gin I could not get any this year at all look on the web site there are many recipes to choose from do it now in time for Christmas day drinks cheers.

  8. janet darby says:

    @Jean Pleming: Ive never made bullace jam but if I had any bullace I would make bullace gin. Could you tell me where I could get some from please

  9. Graham says:

    Just made 8lb of damson jam using the above recipe. No need for added pectin, it set very easily. “Remove the Stones” was more tedious than I imagined so after I removed the majority of the stones I proceeded to add the sugar and cook the jam, the rest of the stones conveniently floated to the top and it was easy to scoop them out. I added 6 slightly bruised cardamom pods during to cooking to give the jam a “something extra” taste, a tip from another recipe. I haven’t tasted it yet so watch this space!!

  10. Andrea says:

    I love recipes from the allotment-garden site and use many of them. I found a large bag of damsons on my doorstep yesterday so looked here for a recipe as they are more down to earth than cookery books. Just made my jam and about to pot and seal it. The colour is lovely and I added slightly less sugar so the flavour of the fruit is not hidden in sweetness. I agree about the stones and did exactly the same as Graham! Another year I’ll remove them after I add the sugar as I found some I’d missed when they popped to the top. Nothing better than simple – but the cardamom sounds interesting and might get a trial if the anonymous donor of the damsons has more surplus.

  11. Lin Buchan says:

    Brought some fabulous damsons from Batemans yesterday and chose this recipe – excellent result especially as I have not made same for years. Good set without jam making sugar.

  12. Sarah TONKS says:

    Very lucky to have a client with very old damson trees on her farm and last year made damson gin and jam from this site….Both absolutely gorgeous. Intend making double the amount of both this year

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