Plum Orange Jam

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Process: 5 min.


10 half-pints

Updated: Sep. 23, 2023
We put our homegrown plums to delicious use in this quick and easy jam. It's my favorite thing to serve with buttermilk biscuits. —Kathy Rairigh, Milford, Indiana


  • 10 cups chopped plums (about 4-1/2 pounds)
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 package (1-3/4 ounces) pectin for lower-sugar recipes
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons grated orange zest
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  1. In a Dutch oven, combine plums and orange juice; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 5-7 minutes or until softened, stirring occasionally. Stir in pectin. Bring to a full rolling boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in sugar, orange zest and cinnamon; return to a full rolling boil. Boil and stir 1 minute.
  2. Remove from heat; skim off foam. Ladle hot mixture into 10 hot sterilized half-pint jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding hot mixture. Wipe rims. Center lids on jars; screw on bands until fingertip tight.
  3. Place jars into canner with simmering water, ensuring that they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil; process for 5 minutes. Remove jars and cool.
Canning Altitude Jam-Jelly
The processing time listed is for altitudes of 1,000 feet or less. Add 1 minute to the processing time for each 1,000 feet of additional altitude.

Nutrition Facts

2 tablespoons: 50 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 0 sodium, 13g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 0 protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch.