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Wild Plum Jelly

I've had this wild plum jelly recipe for ages. Each year when the plums are ripe, I'll fill my pail and make this jelly. It's so good served with toast, pancakes or waffles! —Ludell Heuser, Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 55 min. Process: 5 min.
  • Makes
    about 8 half-pints

Ingredients

  • 5 pounds wild plums, halved and pitted
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 package (1-3/4 ounces) powdered fruit pectin
  • 7-1/2 cups sugar

Directions

  • In a stockpot, simmer plums and water until tender, about 30 minutes. Line a strainer with 4 layers of cheesecloth and place over a bowl. Place plum mixture in strainer; cover with edges of cheesecloth. Let stand until liquid measures 5-1/2 cups, about 30 minutes.
  • Return liquid to the pan. Add pectin; stir and bring to a boil. Add sugar; bring to a full rolling boil. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  •    Remove from the heat; skim off any foam. Carefully ladle hot mixture into hot sterilized half-pint jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles; wipe rims and adjust lids. Process for 5 minutes in a boiling-water canner.
Editor's Note
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: 108 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 0 sodium, 28g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 0 protein.

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