Canning Plum Jelly

Easy recipe for canning plum jelly. Learn how to make jelly like a pro, just like grandma did.

How to Can Plum Jelly


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If you or someone you know has a plum tree, then you are probably trying to decide what to do with all those plums!  I’ve tried making plum jam and spiced plum jam before, but for some reason my family doesn’t like all the big chunks of plums in the jam. So this year I decided to try canning plum jelly. Plum jelly is now one of my favorite top 10 easy homemade jelly recipes.


Step by Step Canning Video

New to water boiling canning? The video below will show you how to make plum jelly, step by step.


Plum Jelly Recipe


4-5 lb. plums
7 c. sugar
1 pkg. or 6 tbsp. powdered pectin
1/4 tsp. butter


*Note: If you are going to make a lot of jam and/or jelly, then you HAVE to try this powdered pectin that you can buy in bulk from Amazon. Six tablespoons of this pectin is the equivalent to one box of Suregel pectin. This is the ONLY way to buy pectin inexpensively if you are going to buy a lot of it (like I do!). 


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Wash and chop plums, removing pits. There is no need to peel them.


Place plums in large stock pot with about 1 c. water to keep plums to sticking to bottom of pot. Bring to boil and simmer for about 10 minutes, or until plums are soft.


Extract juice from plums with a jelly bag or fine mesh strainer. Measure juice, adding a little water if necessary to get exactly 5 cups of juice.


Pour plum juice into a large stock pot. Sprinkle the pectin on top of the juice and use a whisk to mix it together. Stirring constantly, heat until boiling. Boil for one minute.


Add the butter and return to a boil. Add the sugar to the pot all at one time (measure it and have it ready ahead of time). Stir until sugar is dissolved. Return to a boil and boil for one minute.

Canning Instructions


Remove the pan from the heat. Remove any foam with a metal spoon. Ladle the jelly into hot sterilized jars, leaving ¼ inch head space. You can easily measure the head space with this inexpensive canning funnel.


Place the sterilized canning lids and rings on the jars and screw the rings on finger tight.


Place the jars in the boiling water canner that is filled about half way with water. Jars should be covered with at least 1 inch of water. Bring the water to a boil and process the jars for 5 minutes.


Remove the jars from the canner and place on a towel on the kitchen counter to cool. Place any unsealed jars in the refrigerator to eat in the next couple weeks. Sealed jars can be stored in the pantry for 1-2 years.


Yield: 3 or 4 pints or 7 or 8 half-pints


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Easy recipe for canning plum jelly. Learn how to make jelly like a pro, just like grandma did.

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9 Comments on "Canning Plum Jelly"

  1. To freeze the plum juice, do I have to add anything so plum juice doesn’t turn brown. It’s so pretty right now. A little thick!!!


    1. Hi! That’s a good question, I’m not actually sure about that! It is possible it could turn brown. You could try to add a little lemon juice to it, I think that would help keep it from turning brown.


    1. Hi! Jelly can take more than 24 hours to set. Don’t move or pick up the jars. Just let them sit for 24-48 hours to give them time to set. Sometimes jelly sets right away, and sometimes it takes longer.


  2. I have a ton of plum to cook down for juice. If I freeze the juice, is it good for making jelly later?


    1. Hi! If you are cooking plum jam and not using pectin, it is fine to boil the plums down without using the extra sugar. For this plum jelly recipe, the sugar is needed to make the pectin work to thicken the jelly.


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