Persimmon Preserves

I’ve been making preserves for a few years now and thought I would share the process. Our neighbor has a persimmon tree so we thought we’d try making jam out of them. Making jam is surprisingly easy – if you don’t care too much about the thickness of the jam. To make it, you need the following:

  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 cups of fruit, cut small
  • Ball jar(s) with a capacity of about 3 cups
  • Sauce pan
First, cut up the persimmons into small pieces and add to sauce pan with sugar.

First, cut up the persimmons into small pieces and add to sauce pan along with sugar.

Turn heat to medium and stir constantly until the mixture liquefies. It will look about like this.

Turn heat to medium and stir constantly until the mixture liquefies. It will look about like this.

Then, turn burner to low and stir occasionally. Simmer for about 35 minutes.

Then, turn burner to low and stir occasionally. Simmer for about 35 minutes.

Finally, turn off heat and pour into clean jars. The persimmon jam is sitting next to the blueberry-strawberry jam I also made last night.

Finally, turn off heat and pour into clean jars. The persimmon jam is sitting next to the blueberry-strawberry jam I also made last night. Let the jam sit in jars until cool, then move to refrigerator.

The persimmon jam turned out too thick. We think it’s because it didn’t give any moisture during the boiling process, so we’ll be trying again after letting the persimmons ripen further. Other than that, it was pretty tasty!