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"Jamming Out"

Foraging and Jam-Making in Isla Vista

Video by Logan Snyder

Songs: "What You Sippin' On" by Penthouse Penthouse, "Now" by Tom Misch

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Recipe: Natal Plum Jam


  • Ripe natal plums: you should be able to squeeze them and they squish a little bit. The more they squish the better, unless they look old and brown/moldy

  • Sugar: equal weight to the plums

  • 1/2 cup water

  • Lemons or oranges: 1 of each or two total of whichever you have


  1. De-seed and mash natal plums.

  2. Add equal weight in sugar.

  3. Pour into sauce pan.

  4. Add splash of water.

  5. Squeeze juice from lemons/oranges into mixture.  Mix ingredients.

  6. Bring to a hard boil for about 10 minutes, and then put into heat-proof container and let cool in fridge.

  7. After about a day, jam should be set and ready to spread.

Recipe for Any Jam


  • Mashed fruit: specific fruits will set "stronger" and thicker due to them having more pectin in their skin

  • Sugar: equal weight to fruit (You can substitute honey, agave nectar, brown sugar, etc. but their flavors may overpower the fruit flavor.  A good idea would be half white sugar and half other sweetener).

  • 1/2 cup water: so the sugar doesn't burn

  • Citrus: lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, etc.


  1. Mash fruit and add equal weight in sugar.

  2. Add citrus and water.

  3. Bring to a hard boil for about 10 minutes, or until the jam looks thicker than when you started.

  4. Pour into heat-proof container and cool in refrigerator for a day or so.

  5. Jam!

The Science Behind Jam:

"The pectin content of different fruits varies: fruits such as apples and blackcurrants have higher levels of pectin than those such as strawberries and raspberries. In cases where a jam is being made from a low pectin fruit, either a higher pectin fruit must also be included, or commercial pectin must be added. Commercial pectin is obtained from the peel of citrus fruits, which have a naturally high pectin content" (Compound Interest).

Foraging Considerations:

If you choose to forage for the fruits when making your Jam, make sure to consider the ethical implications of taking fruit from nature.  To learn more about these ethical considerations, check out these projects: 

For more safety tips and advice on foraging, visit: "A Beginner's Guide to Foraging"

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