Summer Jam 2012

adapted from the Delightful Repast

Header Jam

There is a peach tree in the back yard that decides once every few years he will grow some good peaches. This was one of those years! The peaches come along faster than I can keep up with them. This year, we got smart and made Peach Freezer Jam. Any fruit would work but we were up to our neck in peaches so the peach picker and I got to work.

He is a big fan of jammin’.

Unpeeled Peaches

The peaches were small but very sweet.

Peeled Peaches

We blanched the peaches and peeled them  so that we didn’t lose much meat from the fruit before we pitted them.

Jam and Jars

Now for the fun part, filling the jars. This recipe makes 8, 8 oz jars of jam.

FROZEN PEACH JAM

Ingredients:

8-8oz glass canning jars (I used Ball)

4 Cups prepared peaches  (or any fruit)

2 1/2 Cups Sugar

1 package of Less Sugar Sure Gel

The juice of 1 lemon

1 cup of water

Pinch of cinnamon (optional)

Instructions and Directions:

Rinse 8-8oz jars and lids with boiling water. Dry thoroughly  and set aside on a towel.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and prepare a large bowl of water with ice.

Mark a small x on the bottom of each peach and place a few peaches at a time into boiling water for one minute. Remove the peaches and place them into the ice bath for one minute.

Now the peaches should be easy to peel.

Repeat the process until all the peaches are peeled and the seed is removed.

Place 4 cups of peeled and pitted peaches into a food processor and pulse. This is where you decide how big you want the bits of fruit to be in your jam. I didn’t puree mine, but I didn’t  leave large hunks of peach either.

Pour the peaches into a saucepan over medium high heat just until they boil. Remove from heat and add lemon juice(and cinnamon if you are using it) .

In a separate saucepan, stir together sure gel, sugar and water. Whisk constantly over medium high heat until boiling. Whisk for one minute after it starts boiling and remove from heat. Immediately add the sugar mixture to the peaches.  Stir until well combined.

Using a ladle or a glass measuring cup (with a spout) fill each 8 oz jar. Leave a 1/2 an inch space at the top for them to expand in the freezer.

Immediately cover with lids and wipe the sides of the jars where you may have dripped 🙂

Let the jars sit out on the counter for 24 hours.

Now your jam is ready to eat! Store in the fridge for 3 weeks or the freezer for up to a year!

If you freeze the jam, thaw in the fridge before using.

Vintage Peach Jam

Vintage Jam 🙂

Strawberries

We had so much fun making the peach that we picked up some strawberries.

Strawberry Jam

If you use a fruit that doesn’t have to be peeled, just start with the step where you put the fruit into the food processor.

Strawberry and Peach

And then we made some more peach. Peach and strawberry jam…back together again!

Jam tower

That’s a lot of damn jam.

jam sink

Now go make some jam people!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FLAVOR JAM, JELLY OR PRESERVES??

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