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Dawn (KitchenTravels)

Hi Marlene - Im so glad you gave the jam a try! Your spicy version sounds delicious. The timing around getting the mixture to the gelling point is tricky, and so many factors come into play: humidity, pot size, stove power, etc. Ive had jams that gelled after 20 minutes, others that took almost an hour! But I agree that it would be helpful to readers to have that information, so I will try to include approximate times in my next jam post. :) Thanks for stopping by my blog! xo, Dawn


I have a cherry plum tree in my yard full of plums and had no idea what to do with them. Found your recipe online and gave it a try. I have never made jam before and never 'canned' either. I found your instructions easy to follow except that I had no idea how long to boil the mixture to get it to gelling point. My jelly is a little runny but it still tastes good; more like a sauce then a jelly. We like things hot so I added red pepper flakes to give it a little heat.

Dawn (KitchenTravels)

Hi Sandee - Thanks for your comment. What a lucky girl to have such a healthy tree! I hope you enjoy the jam as much as we did. It turns out fairly tart, which I love, but feel free to add more sugar if you prefer a sweeter jam. I also think this would make a gorgeous jelly, just strain out the solids before canning. Have fun! xo, Dawn


Thank you! I found your cherry plum jam recipe today, as I began picking from my tree (which is purple-leafed, exactly like the one pictured with your kiddos. The plums are camouflaged due to leafs being the same color!). I already have one bucket totally full and our tree is completely loaded. I mean scary loaded! I need a tall, tall ladder. It's August 4th and they are perfect for picking. I know some people pick earlier, but here in Southern Oregon this appears to be the right time (give or take a week or two). Some have gotten too ripe, but I am not upset. Like I said, I have way too many! They are delicious right off the vine. Our dog has enjoyed some of the dropped plums. Birds have not attacked the tree, which is amazing. Anyway, I appreciate your pictures and instructions so much, as I have never made any kind of jam! I have only canned pickles once many years ago. Wish me luck!!


Thank you for this! My neighbor introduced me to cherry plums when another neighbor asked her to pick them to keep them from falling on the lawn and making a mess. These ones are the yellow and red plums so the jam is a golden yellow/orange color. So delicious and I can't wait to make some toast tomorrow morning and let my kids try the jam I made when they went to bed for the night! This was a great way to try out my new canner! I can't wait to try this with red cherry plums. Maybe I can talk another neighbor into letting me pick some red ones. We have cherry plum trees EVERYWHERE in this neighborhood!

Dawn (KitchenTravels)

@Jane - thanks for the Squidoo info! Nice lens about cherry plums. I just love them. :) xo


We pick cherry plums in the UK. This year has been very poor due to the weather. The up side is that the weather is excellent for growing hazel nuts which grow in the same areas as cherry plums.
I wrote a squidoo lens about how to identify wild cherry plums if that helps any one



Cherries and plums sound like such a perfect combination! Thanks for sharing. I'll be giving this a try as soon as possible.

Dawn (KitchenTravels)

@Amy - yes! Can't believe it's already almost July. Let's get a date on calendar before summer and all its delicious fruits are gone. :)


Oh man, we need to pick a date. This looks amazing!

Dawn (KitchenTravels)

@henderBalz - I've got jars, so you're welcome to have as much as you like while you're visiting! Can't believe you guys will be here in just a few days. Yay! xo

@Stephanie - we did have fun. I think the girls would have picked cherry plums all day if we'd let them. ;) And we do have a great food blogging community here... lucky us! xo


Your jam looks so good! I love your photos of it and it's fun to see your kids and Randy picking all the cherries.

It never ceases to amaze me how small the world can be. We are in some fabulous company among Sac food bloggers!




Um...yum yum...save some for us to taste!!! ;o) See you Saturday!

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