This flavorful Peach Jam is low in sugar, 2 ingredients and is packed full of big peach flavor! It’s also super easy to make. All you need are peaches and organic cane sugar. No pectin needed.
Peg’s Peach Jam is truly so simple with 8 simple steps, you’ll create a delightful condiment for your favorite toast and butter… The Curry family loves their goat butter! You can find it in most grocery stores too.
Now this jam is also great for using other fruits, like strawberries! If peaches are out of season, you can choose another fruit to make jam! You can always find berries at your grocery store.
The Timeless Charm of Peach Jam: A Flavorful Journey
There’s a certain allure to peach jam that captures hearts and tantalizes taste buds. Whether it’s the warm, golden hue reminiscent of a summer sunset or its succulent, sweet aroma that fills the air when the jar is opened, peach jam embodies the very essence of this beloved fruit. As we embark on a flavorful journey, let’s delve into the world of peach jam, its history, benefits, and the myriad of ways it can elevate our culinary experiences.
A Historical Spread
Jam-making is an ancient tradition. The process of preserving fruits by cooking them with sugar dates back centuries, providing a way to savor seasonal flavors throughout the year. While the origins of peach jam specifically are not well-documented, it’s likely that wherever peach trees thrived, jam-making wasn’t far behind. As peach cultivation spread around the world, this delicious spread became a treasured treat on many breakfast tables and afternoon tea trays.
Tim and I have been together for over 50 years! His favorite comfort food since he was a child is toast and jam, or peanut butter and jelly. Growing up in a large family when you were done with dinner and still hungry, you went to the cereal cabinet or made yourself toast and jam!
Tim was blessed that I loved cooking like his mom. And I loved creating foods as much as he loved eating! Peach Jam was one of those preserves that I loved making and not only for Tim, I loved gifting it to the girls’ teachers, our family, friends, and neighbors for holidays or just because. Nothing speaks greater than a homemade gift, and Peach Jam is a great gift to give!
Healthful and Delightful
Peaches, apart from their delightful taste, are packed with nutrients and benefit! Peaches are full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. When transformed into jam, while some nutritional content might diminish due to the cooking process, many benefits still remain:
- Natural Sugars: Peaches contain natural sugars that provide quick energy.
- Vitamin C, A and Potassium: These vitamins are essential for skin health, immunity, and help with blood pressure.
- Fiber: Aiding digestion and helping maintain a sense of fullness.
- Peaches are an anti-inflammatory food.
It’s worth noting, however, that commercial peach jams might contain more added sugars than we would like to consume. Opting for our homemade version with reduced sugar offers a more healthful choice with big bold peach flavor.
Peach jam’s versatility extends far beyond toast or sandwiches. Here are a few ways this fruity delight can enhance dishes:
- Dressings and Marinades: Mix peach jam with a bit of vinegar and oil for a tangy-sweet salad dressing or marinade.
- Dessert Toppings: Drizzle over ice cream, cheesecake, or pastries for an added layer of flavor.
- Grilled Delights: Use as a glaze for grilled chicken or pork for a caramelized, fruity touch.
- Baking Ingredient: Swirl into muffins, cakes, or brownies for a juicy, sweet surprise.
Sustainability and Local Sourcing
As the world becomes increasingly conscious of sustainability, local peach jams offer an eco-friendly choice. Buying local supports small-scale farmers, reduces carbon footprints due to transportation, and ensures you’re getting a fresh product. There’s also a distinct joy in tasting the nuances of peach varieties from different regions where you live! Make sure your peaches are grown without chemicals and pesticides another key for our health and our kids.
There are more than one variety of peaches, clingstone or free stone. Our favorite variety of peaches are called “free stone”. That means the peach meat comes off the pit and the skin is easy to peel. See the photo example… TIM’s PHOTO with peel coming right off
A Craft and Tradition
For many, making peach jam has become a summer or early fall ritual, a craft passed down. The process itself — from selecting farm fresh or home-grown ripe peaches to the satisfying “pop” of the lid — connects us with age-old traditions and offers a fulfilling, sensory experience. This particular Peach Jam is a “refrigerator jam” which means its stored in the fridge and eaten right away or gifted.
Peach jam, with its rich and delicious flavor, remains a testament to our desire to preserve the best of nature’s offerings. Your homemade jar of jam encapsulates the spirit of summer and early fall providing warmth and joy on even the coldest of days.Print
- 8–10 peaches, softened or ripe ( 4–5 Cups sliced peaches)
- 3 cups organic cane sugar
- 1 medium sized stainless-steel pot
- 1 long handled spoon
- 1 9 x 13 glass dish
- Tea towel
- Wash, remove pit and remove skin.
- Puree in a food processor making 4-5 cups of peach puree.
- Put puree in a heavy bottom stainless steel pot.
- Bring to a boil over medium heat. Time 5 minutes.
- Add 1 Cup sugar and stir. Cook over medium low heat for another 5 minutes stirring every now and then.
- Add 2nd cup of sugar and boil for 5 minutes.
- Stir in the 3rd cup of sugar and cook 5 more minutes on medium high. Its OK when you stir the jam continues to boil. Adjust heat so it continues to boil stirring evey now and again so it doesn’t burn on the bottom of pot.
- Carefully, immediately pour into the Pyrex dish. Set in a place where there are no drafts, ants or possible interruptions. Cover with a tea towel and let rest 8 hours or over-night. Do not refrigerate, yet. This step allows the jam to thicken.
- Ladle into jars to put in the refrigerator. Will last refrigerated for about 2 months un- opened.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
Frequently Asked Questions
Is peach jam the same as peach preserves?
While both are fruit spreads, preserves have larger chunks of fruit, while jams typically have a smoother consistency.
Can peach jam be used in savory dishes?
Absolutely! Its sweetness can complement many savory dishes, especially when combined with spices or used as a glaze.
How long does homemade peach jam last?
If properly canned, it can last up to a year unopened. Once opened, it’s best consumed within a month and kept refrigerated.
Are there low-sugar peach jam variants?
Yes, many recipes use natural sweeteners or reduced sugar, catering to health-conscious consumers.