Peach-Plum-Lime-Ginger Jam

By • September 21, 2011 • 9 Comments


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Author Notes: I had some beautiful Italian plums and farmers market peaches that really wanted to be consumed, but having been on a real dessert-making jag, I just couldn't bake any more. Thus, jam!
I really groove on lime and fruit, and ginger is always a nice compliment to this assortment.
This is pretty, unique, fresh and delish!
Enjoy.
em-i-lis

Makes three half-pints + a little bit for the fridge

  • 2 cups coarsely chopped plums (I used Italian)
  • 3 cups peeled, coarsely chopped peaches (I used mostly yellow + 1 white)
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • generous 1/4 c diced crystallized ginger
  • 3 allspice berries (or a few more)
  • 3/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup apple cider or unfiltered apple juice
  • 1 brief turn fresh ground black pepper
  • 1-2 teaspoon Pomona's pectin (see note in step 7)
  1. Get your canning kettle set up, start heating the water, get your jars out, set up a dishtowel-covered cooling rack and whatever else you do to prep for canning.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the 2 tsp pectin with 1/4 c sugar. Set aside.
  3. In a large stockpot, put the plums, peaches, lime zest and juice, crystallized ginger, allspice, 1/2 c sugar, water and cider. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring regularly, 10-15 minutes.
  4. Like other canners have suggested, mash the jam with a potato masher to reach your desired consistency, and then slowly stir in half of the sugar-pectin mixture. Cook and stir. Taste (don’t burn your tongue.)
  5. If you think it’s still too loose, add some more pectin-sugar. I used about 3/4 of the mix I’d made, and I was glad I hadn't added more. Those Italian plums have a crazy pectin content of their own so watch out!
  6. When the jam is looking good, ladle it into your sterilized jars, put the lids and rings on, and carefully lower them into the boiling water in the canning pot. Process about 10 minutes.
  7. PS- I'm writing this the day after making this jam. The added pectin + the plums' natural pectin did make this a firm jam. So, if you like yours looser, decrease the Pomona's pectin to 1 tsp.

Tags: Easy, flavorful, fresh, unique

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over 2 years ago Midge

You've inspired me; this sounds like a wonderful combination. I used lime zest in my strawberry preserves this summer and it really made them.

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over 2 years ago em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much, Midge!!! Strawberry and lime sounds like a wonderful combo.

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over 2 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Oh yum! AND you have those super pretty jars. This is a great looking jam! Did you leave the whole allspice berries in? Time to can NOW for Christmas!!!!

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over 2 years ago em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

thank you aagersi. i was inspired after making your spiced plum and port jam!!
i did leave the allspice berries in. too lazy to fish for them. ;)

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over 2 years ago em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Many thanks, boulangere!

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over 2 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Seriously, the flavors, the colors, fantastic!

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over 2 years ago em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I am very flattered! Thank you!

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over 2 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

It's your beautiful creation. I love, love, love those little Italian plums. You've brought out the best in them. And the crystallized ginger is heavenly.

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over 2 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Not one wrong element here. Fantastic!