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Lazy Cook's Wild Plum Jelly Recipe

No pectin needed for this recipe when you blend ripe plums with just a few less-ripe ones. The Lazy-Cook's Wild Plum Jelly! #TexasHomesteader

Course Jams & Jellies
Cuisine American
Keyword jelly, no pectin, plum, wild plum
Cook Time 30 minutes
Author www.TexasHomesteader.com


  1. Harvest & wash wild plums.  Place washed plums into a large stockpot and add just enough water to cover. Bring water to a simmer and cook fruit until softened, mashing with a potato masher. (about 10-15 minutes)
  2. Line a colander with a jelly bag or cheesecloth and place atop a deep pan.  Dump softened mashed plums into the colander & place in the fridge overnight to fully strain the juice.
  3. The next morning measure strained juice and add 3/4 cup granulated sugar for each cup of juice.  Stir together in a large stock pot.
  4. Simmer juice over medium-high heat stirring frequently until juice reaches 220 degrees (about 15-20 minutes)
  5. If desired, ladle into sanitized jars leaving 1/4" head space.  Seal in a water-bath canner for 10 minutes.