Damson and redcurrant jam is a delicious way to hold on to the flavours of summer. This easy traditional jam made with fruit, sugar and water will bring a burst of flavour to your kitchen.
The abundance of summer, with all the fruit on the trees and bushes, is one of my favourite aspects of this time of year, alongside the warmth of the sun of course. Preserving the fruit in the form of jam is a wonderful way to hang onto a bit of summer.
It gives me a very satisfied feeling to know that we will be able to feast on summer fruit which we picked and preserved ourselves, during the colder months. Damson and redcurrant jam will be a welcome treat when the skies are grey.
The damsons were picked (and shaken) from a tree in our garden, and these redcurrants grew in my mum’s garden. Homegrown fruit is great but you have to be lucky to have access to it.
Fruit from the supermarket or greengrocers will work just as well, or from a pick-your-own-farm of course! I’ve also made gooseberry jam earlier this summer, as well as a batch of plain redcurrant jam, both from fruit picked at the local pick-your-own farm.
Get the measurements in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.
- damson plums
- granulated sugar
Step by step
Put the fruit, sugar and water in a large jam pan. If you have a jam thermometer that clips onto your pan, attach it now.
Cook on a low heat for 15-20 minutes until the fruit has softened and the sugar has dissolved.
Bring the pan to the boil and boil hard for ten minutes, until your jam thermometer shows it has reached the jam setting point.
If you don’t have a thermometer, use the jam wrinkle test to check if the jam is ready.
Strain the jam through a muslin to remove the seeds, if you want your jam to be seedless.
Put your jam into sterilised jam jars and seal.
For more jam recipes, take a look at these:
- gooseberry jam
- blackcurrant jam
- slow cooker blueberry and ginger jam
- raspberry and blackcurrant jam from Fab Food 4 All
- chocolate blackberry jam from Tin and Thyme
Damson and Redcurrant Jam
- 355 g damsons washed and destoned
- 250 g redcurrants washed
- 500 ml water
- 480 g granulated sugar
- Place the fruit, water and sugar in a jam pan. Attach your jam thermometer to your pan if you have one.355 g damsons, 250 g redcurrants, 500 ml water, 480 g granulated sugar
- Cook on low heat for 15-20 minutes until the sugar has dissolved and the fruit has softened.
- Bring the pan to the boil and boil hard for 10 minutes, until the thermometer shows the jam has reached the setting point (marked "jam" on my thermometer). This is 105℃ / 220℉.
- If you don't have a thermometer you can test for setting as described in my gooseberry jam recipe.
- To remove the redcurrant seeds, pass the jam through a muslin bag using a jam strainer. As this jam sets very quickly due to all the pectin in the fruit, I squeezed the liquid jam through the muslin so that I could jar it while still hot.
- Place your jam in your sterilised jam jars. I wash mine in hot soapy water then place them in the oven at 100 degrees for ten minutes to sterilise, but there are other methods you can use.
- Place the jars in a dark place for 24 hours to set. This recipe made three small jam jars.