Monday, September 26, 2011

Homemade Peach Jam

Homemade Peach Jam recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Homemade Peach Jam is a staple in our home. Every year, I wait until we can order Utah peaches by the case and then I make a year's worth of jam. This year, the peaches were very late getting to our area. They finally arrived last week. I was looking forward to making jam just as soon as they were at the perfect stage of ripeness.

Unfortunately, it was the night before a weekend away from home, when I glanced around the kitchen and panicked. I realized my wonderful peaches were going to be way past perfect by the time I returned home. I was on my way to being disappointed; when my husband very casually told me that he'd take care of it.

Now, I admit that jam making is not difficult. It is actually quite easy. It is also time-consuming (especially, when you are not familiar with it all) and it is not a simple thing to accomplish with three small children running through the house all weekend. I assured him that he shouldn't worry about it, but if he really wanted to try, I would set out the recipe and the jars for him.

Well, I came home 36 hours later to 24 jars of peach jam. Perfectly sweetened and wonderfully spiced jam with just a hint of cinnamon. I am beside myself with joy and more in love with my wonderful husband than ever before. Did he really want to spend his time making jam this past weekend? That's doubtful. However, he did it for me, as a gift of love. That makes every bite of this delicious jam taste even more delicious. 

Homemade Peach Jam
Yield: 6 half-pint jars
(printable recipe)

3 pounds fresh peaches - 4 cups crushed (this was about 7 medium size peaches)
1 package powdered pectin
2 tablespoons lemon juice
5 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or allspice

Sort and wash fully ripe peaches. Remove stems, skins, bruises and pits. Crush peaches.

Measure crushed peaches into a large pot. Add lemon juice and pectin; stir well. Place on high heat and, while stirring constantly, bring to a full rolling boil with bubbles over the entire surface. Add the sugar and spices all at once and heat again to a full bubbling boil. Boil hard for 1 minute (set a timer), stirring constantly.

Remove from heat; skim foam off the top. (We keep the foam in the refrigerator and enjoy it on toast for the next couple of days. I love it warm straight off the stove as well!) Pour immediately into sterile canning jars. Fill the jars to 1/4 inch from top. Seal them and process 5 minutes in boiling water bath. If you prefer not to use a hot water bath, pour melted wax over the top of the hot jars, let that cool completely and then place the lids on top.

Homemade Peach Jam recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

30 comments:

  1. so nice to use homemade jam to apply on the bread.

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  2. Well .....
    It sounds like not only is your hubby lucky to have YOU.
    But you are lucky to have him too !!!
    I don't know many husbands who would have done that.
    I'm so glad you now have your peach jam for this winter.
    Yummm

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  3. Wow, I love all types of jam but I have to admit that peach jam is my favorite and one look at the color of that jam and those peaches and i am already hooked on yours or your man's per say! I love it! great job

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  4. What a sweet husband!
    (And some good-looking jam!)

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  5. What a sweet Hubs you have. Not many would take on all that work, especially when they are out of their element.

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  6. What a guy!!! That would say "I love you" to me!

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  7. WOW, what a good man! He was probably so pleased with himself too, I know mine would be :) Looks delicious!

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  8. Wow! Does he give lessons to other hubbies? ;) And that is indeed some lovely looking jam.

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  9. That looks good! I've always been nervous about making homemade jams, but this does look good.

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  10. Peaches are the best! I highly recommend awaytogarden.com as a site for seasonal preservation recipes (I am not affiliated with the site; I just admire it.)

    Got a kick out of the fact that you got your peaches from Utah. Read "Diary of a Woman Homesteader" sometime -- it seems people have been heading to Utah for years for their peaches.

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  11. Wow... Now this is whatt you call a perfect Jam!!!
    Look at that amber color lovely!!!
    I must say your are one lucky girl.... Love the title of your post.

    P.S Mary I want to pass on this award to you my dear, I really love your blog and enjoy my time spend here.
    You can have your award here http://www.simplyreem.com/from-my-kitchen/?p=537
    I hope you"ll enjoy it.

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  12. What a marvelous surprise! I need to make some peach jam, too, but I've been lazy.

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  13. Send taht man over in couple of months:) Isn.t taht great to come home and find that:) Good on him and lucky you:)

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  14. What a great guy! the jam looks so delicious, peach jam is such a treat.
    Mary

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  15. I just got peach jam from my coworker! It is so good! Your looks awesome! :)

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  16. What a great man you have. The jam looks perfect.

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  17. Wow, I am very impressed! I am trying to think of what my husband would have done. I am thinking i would probably have a freezer full of sliced peaches, but no Jam. This looks wonderful and love the spices.

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  18. Awwww, how sweet of your husband :-) Those peach jams look delicious! And wow, how fresh! Peaches don't grow in the Philippines but I did make some mango jam over the summer. Mango with a bit of grated ginger worked really well.

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  19. How sweet! Lucky you. The jam looks perfect.

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  20. Awww, how sweet! Literally I suppose in this case!

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  21. Hey, can I borrow your husband? I got some stuff I need to take care of around the house and mine just plays computer games all day long. I pay in back talk and grief!

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  22. Aldra, you crack me up. I can't share him though. My husband is due for a whole lot of computer game time now too!

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  23. I made jalapenos peach jam it was really good

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  24. I made jalapenos peach jam it was really good

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  25. The Georgia Elberta peaches were harvested the past two weeks, got me a case last week and made 2 batches of jam... They came out really really GOOD!!!
    I'll adjust my recipe with less sugar, because it called for 6 cups, and I thought it was a tad sweet

    THankss

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  26. just tried your recipe today. Soooooo good. Thank you for posting it. And that was a wonderful thing your hubby did for you. Again thank you

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