Greengage Jam

Greengage Jam

During my recent stay with my parents, my Mum and I made Greengage Jam.

Actually my Mum’s intention had not been to make jam, as she had bought the greengages with crumble in mind.  But I snaffled them so we went without dessert that evening and instead had jam on our toast for breakfast the next day!

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For this Greengage Jam recipe you will need:

900g greengages
1 tablespoon lemon juice
100ml cold water
900g caster sugar
15g butter

Makes approximately 1kg of jam.

  • Begin by washing the greengages, then remove the stalks, cut in half and de-stone.
  • Put the prepared fruit in a large saucepan (a preserving pan is ideal if you have one) and add the lemon juice and water.
  • Bring to the boil, whilst stirring continuously.
  • Lower the heat and simmer gently until the fruit has softened.  This will take approximately 40 minutes.
  • Keeping the heat low, add the sugar and stir until completely dissolved.
  • Add the butter.
  • Increase the heat and bring to the boil, again stirring continuously.
  • Allow to jam to boil rapidly until it reaches setting point (this should take between 20 and 30 minutes).  To test place a small amount on a saucer in the fridge to cool for a couple of minutes, if ready it will wrinkle when gently pushed with your finger.
  • Once the jam has reached setting point remove from the heat and allow to cool a little before pouring into sterilised jars.

8 thoughts on “Greengage Jam

  1. I had to google what greengages were, so I guess this is like a plum jam? It looks really delicious! I love finding new jam recipes and flavors. I even found one a few weeks ago with bacon in it! (must be an American obsession!)