This summer is going to be the summer of jam. I think peach jam and pumpkin butter are next on my list. I'm not nearly as dedicated as my friend Randi but at least I'm going to have something lovely on my toast all winter long.
After the fiasco of my apricot jam (refused to set) I was determined to only use the David Lebovitz gel test to make sure my plum jam didn't remain runny. I'm not sure if it will set as well as the cherry did but it's much better than the apricot. I prefer my jam to taste like fruit, not just sugar, so I refuse to use pectin because the box calls for at least a cup or two more of sugar than fruit.