Damson Jam – “How To Make” Recipe From The Jam Jar Shop

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Not only is Damson very tasty in jam form, but it also has a host of health benefits. It’s a boost for your immune system and increases your energy levels! If you want to fill your jam jars full of hearty homemade damson jam, then we have the recipe for you. 

Recipe Ingredients

  • 900g Damsons (Stalks Removed)
  • 900g Granulated Sugar
  • Knob of Butter

Recipe Equipment

  • Sterilised Jam Jars
  • Large, Heavy-based Saucepan
  • 2 Small Saucers
  • Thermometer
  • Ladle, Spoon or Funnel
  • Baking Tray


  1. Sterilise the ladles, spoons or funnels you will use
  2. Thoroughly wash your lids and jars before rinsing them out 
  3. Place them on a baking tray in the oven on a low heat 
  4. Leave them in around 10 mins until dry 
  5. Wash any rubber seals in boiling water 
  6. Place the damsons into the large saucepan
  7. Add 150ml of water before bringing to the boil
  8. Place a few saucers in the freezer 
  9. Lower heat and simmer for around 15 mins, until they soften
  10. Pour in the sugar and stir for around 10 mins, until completely dissolved
  11. Bring to the boil without stirring for 10 mins
  12. Let it boil rapidly until it reaches its setting point 
  13. You can use your thermometer to see if it has reached 105C
  14. If you don’t have one, you can test its readiness by seeing if a skin has formed
  15. Place some jam on a cold saucer and run your finger through it
  16. If the jam wrinkles when you apply light pressure, it is ready
  17. If not, return to heat for around 5 more mins and repeat test
  18. Once the setting point/105C has been reached, stir the jam
  19. Remove from heat and skim off any scum
  20. Now stir in the knob of butter to help dissolve any scum that remains
  21. Leave for around 15 mins to settle the damsons
  22. Decant into sterilised jars

Damsons contain stones that are tricky to remove if you have not been told the tricks as to how to do it. There is the option of leaving them in and being mindful of their presence, or you can use a knife to lift the stones out by slicing through the length of the damson and making a twisting motion. Another possible method is to sieve the jam after you have commenced cooking but be aware this produces a different texture to the traditional jam you expect. 

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