Peach jam is a harvest treasure. The way peach jam looks in the jars is like liquid gold in the sunlight. It is beautiful! Peach jam is something anyone can make. Whether you grow peaches on the trees yourself. Or you buy fresh peaches from your local grocery store or fruit stand. You can absolutely make peach jam to enjoy for the next year!
Before starting the jam recipe, this is a good time to fill your canner with water and bring it to a boil if you are using a huge canner on the stovetop as I do. It takes a long time to get that water boiling, so start right away!
1. Peel your peaches. You can use a sharp paring knife or, if your peaches are perfectly ripe, you may be able to just peel the skin off with your fingers! Meanwhile, find a small plate and put it into your freezer. You will use it later to test your jam for readiness.
2. Carefully take the pits out of the peaches and place the peaches into a large bowl like the one I'm using below.
3. Crush your peaches with a potato masher. You can leave them pretty chunky as the heat will help break the peaches down.
4. Add lemon juice and water, then stir to combine. I love using a silicone spoon for this, and you can do the same. Check out this cute set on Amazon!
5. Bring the temperature up to a boil, then once it reaches that point, add your sugar. Stir well and continue to cook at a gentle boil for about 12 minutes.
6. Test to see if your jam is at the gel stage. Take your jam off the heat so it doesn't burn, and now take your plate out of the freezer. Using your silicone spoon or a wooden spoon, put about a tablespoon on the plate and let it sit for a few seconds. If you drag your finger through the jam on the plate, does it leave a clean streak? If so, it has reached the gel point. Does the liquid pool back into the clean spot you made with your finger? It may need to boil gently for another 3-4 minutes. And then test again. This test is important to do as cooking times vary depending on your area's elevation and how it affects boiling time.
7. When your peach jam is ready and the gel test is good, take your silicone or wooden spoon and skim the thick, bubbly 'foam' that forms on the top of your jam and discard it (or as I like to do, eat it lol).
8. Ladle your peach jam into a hot, clean jar. I like to use a stainless steel, wide-mouthed jam funnel for this job.
9. Remove air bubbles with a non-metallic utensil, such as a wooden bar-be-que skewer. This is my favorite tool to use for getting bubbles out of jams, jellies, and preserves! Find them for a super great price on Amazon here, they are so handy to have around.
10. Wipe the jar rim with a clean cloth, you don't want any jam hanging out there! Then put your lid on and tighten until it is fingertip tight. When you are making jams, jellies, and preserves, it is best to use new or almost new lids to make sure your food preserves properly. My favorite size for making jams and jellies is the 250mL size Bernardin jars found on Amazon.
11. Carefully put your jars into the canner with the boiling water. Make sure the water IS boiling before putting jars in, and be careful not to tip the jars at all. The best way to do this is by using a canning jar lifter, which is what I use. You can find that tool on Amazon for a super great price right here.
12. Boil the jars for 10 full minutes, then remove using the same tool, again, being careful not to tip or tilt.
13. Do not tighten the lids any further. Set your jars aside, undisturbed for 24 hours. If there are any jars where the lid did not pop, you should keep in the fridge and use soon as possible they did not set properly. How to tell if your lid didn't pop? If the top of the lid is not indented at all, it did not seal properly.
14. Store the jars of properly-sealed jam in a cool place for up to one year. This should make 8 x 250mL jars for you to love and enjoy!
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