Happiness is like a Jam.. you can’t spread even a little, without getting some on yourself.
Now that we are home all the time, all we can think of is ‘Food’. Be it simple traditional food or junk food, mind just cannot stop thinking about experimenting or trying different cuisines.
However, since quite a few days, I am running short of options. Or probably, I have become too lazy to spend too much time in the kitchen. Well, that’s how Shelter in place is treating most of us.
I do not have a sweet tooth, but who doesn’t like some sweets here and there. I usually don’t crave for sweets much, but can’t resist myself from ice creams. That’s the only dessert I like the most.
Sugar causes many health problems, but without it, our body would cease to function properly. Sugar always gets the blame of receiving health problems but naturally occurring sugars, such as those found in fruit, and lactose, or milk sugar, come from sources that benefit our diet.
Fruits have many health benefits that help prevent complications like heat stroke, high blood pressure, cancer, heart disorders, and diabetes. They effectively fight skin disorders and promote healthy hair growth. It is always suggested to eat fresh and ripe fruits to get the maximum benefits from them. But honestly speaking, I somehow forget to include it in daily eating habits.
One of my friend has a big plum tree in her back yard and every year she generously gives us basket full of juicy plums. So this year, I decided to try my hands on making Jam. Plum is a very juicy fruit and has many health benefits as well.
Here are some fun facts about Plums:
- Plums may have been one of the first fruits domesticated by humans.
- Plum remains have been found in Neolithic age archaeological sites along with olives, grapes and figs.According to Ken Albala, plums originated in Iran.
- Raw plums are 87% water, 11% Carbohydrates, 1% protein, and less than 1% fat(table).
Health Benefits of Plum :
- As plums belongs to Prune family, it is very good for the people suffering from indigestion or constipation.
- It also helps in Anxiety related problem. When your antioxidants are low, anxiety can be high. Plums includes antioxidants properties that helps is keeping the anxiety low.
- They are an excellent source vitamin C. Plums are also a good source of vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, B9 and vitamin E.
- Plums are also helpful in bones related problems. it is beneficial in treating ailments like osteoporosis.
- It’s antioxidants power also help in preventing macular degeneration, cancer and diabetes.
- Helpful in Weightloss.
With all the health benefits of Plums mentioned above, here comes a cheat day recipe.
Ingredients: (For 20 oz Jar)
- 3-4 lbs (15-20 pcs) plums.
- 1/2 cup Sugar (optional)
- 1/2 cup Water
Step 1: Chop the plums: Roughly chop the plums and discard the seeds. Removing peels is totally optional. I removed it because my little one might not just like it. And sometimes, the peels are sour than the pulp.
Step 2: Cook the Plums -Put the plums into a Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot with water. Bring the mixture to boil, then reduce the heat and cook until the plums soften, about 5-7 minutes.
Step 3: Add Sugar– You can totally skip this step as Plums are already juicy and sweet. Just in case, if you have tasted the plums that you are going to use and those were sour, you can add sugar and adjust the quantity of the sugar as per your requirements. Let the mixture cook for 10 more minutes.
Step 4: Sterilize the jars: Meanwhile, when the plums are still cooking and kind of starts to thicken a little, you can Sterilize the jars simultaneously. Carefully put the jars into a simmering water bath, making sure they’re completely submerged. Bring the water to a boil and let the cans sit for 5 minutes. Then remove from heat to a dry place.
Step 5: Seal the deal– Ladle the jam into sterilized jars, leaving 1/4-inch head space. Make sure to remove air bubbles in the jar by carefully inserting a clean spoon or knife into the jam and gently pushing against the side of the jar. Wipe the rim of the jar clean before closing the lid. Make sure you hear a sealing sound after closing the lid tightly.
Tadaa!!! The Jam is ready. Easy Peasy …Isn’t it?
You can store the jam for about an year in the fridge. If you’ve made in bulk, it can also be frozen.
Enjoy with your family or gift it to your loved ones !!