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Damson Jam Recipe

Damsons picked and washed for damson jam
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The British weather produces the best damsons in the world. Damson jam has a bitter sweet taste which is perfect. Easy to make this is the ideal use for excess damsons.

KEY POINTS

 Preparation: 40 minutes  Cooking Time:

50 minutes

 How Difficult  Easy  Freeze?   No
 Servings

 Three jars

COOK'S NOTES ON DAMSON JAM
When the damson jam is cooked you will need to test if the jam mixture has set / reached setting point. This is not complicated and the video below explains exactly how to do this.

Damsons are high in pectin so at the end of cooking it is highly likely that the damson jam will have set / reached setting point.

This recipe was updated August 2020 when we last made this jam.

VIDEO OF HOW TO TEST IF DAMSON JAM HAS SET / REACHED SETTING POINT

INGREDIENTS

 Ingredients

How Much

 Damsons 1kg
 Sugar (normal type) 850g
 Water 200ml

WHAT SPECIAL KITCHEN EQUIPMENT FOR DAMSON JAM?
Large stainless steel pan
. If you use non-stainless steel pans the acid in the fruit will react with the pan metal, damaging the pan and spoiling the jam flavour.

Jam jars with lids. Any type of glass jar can be used, ideally with a lid that seals as the jam cools. Examples include jars from cook-in sauces, chutney, shop bought jams etc.

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PREPARATION

Place two small plates in the freezer. These will used yo place a small amount of jam on them to test if the jam has set.
Wash the damsons and remove any stalks.
Wash the jam jars and lids in very hot water. Heat the oven to 140C / 275F / Gas Mark 1 and place the jam jars (not the lids) in the oven for 30 minutes. Do this while the jam is cooking.

METHOD FOR DAMSON JAM

Damson Jam on a rising boil Add the damsons and water to a pan on a medium heat and simmer for around half an hour. Every five minutes or so break up the damsons with a spoon as they cook. This will also release the stones from the fruit.

Add the sugar and stir continuously for five minutes until completely dissolved. Remove the majority of stones from the jam mixture.

Turn the heat up to high and allow the jam mixture to boil for 10 minutes. Test to see if the jam has set / reached setting point (see video above). If the jam has not set boil for a further two minutes.

We have found that "mashing" the jam gently at this stage and then stirring well, removes any damson fruit which is still clinging to the stones.

Pot up the jam into the warm (not cold) sterilised jam containers.

As you fill the jam jars, keep an eye out for any remaining stones which should be romoved.

Don't fill the jars completely, fill to 1cm or so below the top. This allows an air pocket at the top of the jar which will contract when it cools. This seals the lid to the jar.

Seal with a cap and label. Allow the jam to cool at room temperature before using.

We turn the jars upside down then the correct way up a couple of times during cooling. This prevents the fruit / skin from settling to the top or bottom of the jar.

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