Plum Nutty Jam


I first made this jam in 1983 when we had lots of fruit trees and berry patches, and had baskets of fruit and berries all over the kitchen .  I used to process 15 to 20 jars of jam at a time.  Now that I’m in a small suburban house with no fruit trees on the property and no one around to eat that much jam, I buy a small amount of fruit at the market and make a couple of jars to keep in the refrigerator.  This is really good on toast, biscuits, scones …. you name it.

The addition of walnuts was the idea of my boss’ wife back in 1983 and I loved the crunch of the nuts along with the tart fruit.


  • Servings: 4 cups of jam
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4 cups unpeeled, diced purple plums (about 6 medium plums)

1/4 cup water

4 cups granulated sugar

1/2 box powdered Sure Jell pectin

1/4 cup chopped toasted English walnuts

If processing for storage, thoroughly wash and scald jars – keep hot until needed.  Makes about 4 cups of jam.

In a large heavy kettle combine the plums and water.  Cover & simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Stir pectin into fruit mixture.  Bring to a full boil over high heat, stirring constantly.  Stir in the sugar.  Bring to a full rolling boil; boil 1-1/2 minutes, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat, skim off foam.  Stir in walnuts.  Ladle into hot jars, leaving 1/4″ headspace.  Process 10 minutes in a hot water bath.

If the jam is going to be used within a month or so, omit the hot water bath and store in the refrigerator.


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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

2 thoughts on “Plum Nutty Jam”

  1. As a relatively new country wife, I am learning and doing many new things.

    It is so great to find a blog like yours, full of so much information. Our garden this year was a success thanks to our compost heap and the previous summer’s dried horse manure. We also have a peach tree, mulberries, raspberries and grapes so knowing how to make jam would be useful.

    Next summer…

  2. Hello, Lilian!

    I did not know you have a blog too! When you left a comment in mine, it was not linked back to your blog. Just your email actually was what we got. Anyway, now I feel much better to be able to address you by your name, instead of quilt32! Thank you so much for the Plum Nutty Jam. I shall try it soon since plums are coming in from Italy by the truck loads! 🙂

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