How to make Damson Jam – with no stones

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Damsons are in abundance this year, they were out early and still on the trees.


Damson Jam I love but I dont like the stones in it and I dont have time to take all of the stones out when I am making Damson Jam, so what to do . . .

How to make Damson Jam – with no stones

When making Damson Jam or jam of any kind you need to know the weight of the fruit to calculate the amount of sugar. I use 900g of Jam sugar to 1kg of fruit.

  • 2kg of Damsons
  • 1.8 kg of Jam Sugar
  • Juice of Lemon
  1. Place 3 plates in the fridge
  2. Rinse your Damsons and place your Damsons in a large pot with sufficient water to cover the bottom of the pan, ( the more water the less flavoursome) gently cook until the fruit is softened and the stones are rising to the top.
  3. Now remove from heat and strain the fruit and jucie through a large holed colander. I appreciate not the usual method, however if the holes are large eneough you get all of the pulp and the juice just none of the stones or the skin.
  4. Once strained replace your pan on the heat and add sugar, now you need to keep stirring until all of the sugar has dissolved and gently bring to the boil.
  5. Boil for 10 – 15 minutes until your jam starts to set – a jam thermometer is a good investment you then know that your jam is hot eneough. Test by placing a teaspoonful onto a cold plate, place back in the fridge, check after a few minutes – if set it will wrinkle when you draw you finger down it.
  6. If it has not set continue to boil – you may at this point add a the juice of your lemon , this will help it to set.
  7. Once set place in sterilised jars and seal when it is still hot.


Enjoy your Damson Jam – Happy Jam making

Take care and thank you for reading

Katie x

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