Peach Jam, yum! It’s August and what’s in season – Peaches. I was at the grocery store the other day and peaches were on sale for 77 cents. Went there for more nectarines but they were not on sale anymore so instead I bought peaches.
I love to eat fruits that are in season. Depending on the fruit, I like freezing fresh fruits like pineapple to last me for a few months for smoothie. Consuming fresh peaches was not my thing until 7 years ago. I love canned peaches but not fresh. When I eat fruits I don’t like it too ripe. Banana when it starts getting brown patches it ends up in my freezer for my smoothie. That is the reason why I was never fond of peaches. If consumed while firm it’s not too good but if I wait a little longer it’s mushy. But I love it in my smoothie.
I guess I missed out on something delicious for a long time. It’s never too late. Seven years ago I experimented making peach smoothie and it was amazingly delicious. Started making cocktails like Peach Bellini and Peach Mojitos. Who doesn’t like these refreshing drinks especially during summer.
Another way we prepare peaches is making peach jam. This peach jam recipe is so easy to make with only five ingredients. Making your own jam you never have to worry with chemicals or preservatives.
Take advantage of peach season. They are so sweet and cheap at this time of year. A great time to make peach jam. Serve it for breakfast, or as a snack or as gifts to family and friends. Look at that color.... it is mesmerizing.
Do I peel the peaches?
No, I don’t. If you don’t want the skin then peel it before making the jam.
Should I avoid eating peaches due to pesticide residue?
Every summer I hear it in the news that peaches is one of the fruits with high pesticide residue. Read this article and you can decide for yourself.
What’s so sad is everything that we eat are sprayed and saturated with pesticides. When I make salad I let it sit in water for 15 to 30 minutes. Then I wash it twice after that.
Before I eat fruits I wash it thoroughly sometimes with soap like peaches.
Should I refrigerate jam? Freeze?
Yes, once peach jam has cooled down transfer to an air tight container and refrigerate. You can freeze it too.
How to Make Peach Jam
Delicious Peach Jam Recipe
- 3 ripe peaches pitted and cubed
- ½ cup white sugar adjust depending on sweetness of the fruit
- 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 2 teaspoons water
- Combine peaches, sugar and lemon juice in a heavy bottomed pot over medium heat.
- Simmer for 15 to 25 minutes.
- Use fork or potato masher to crush peaches and release its juice.
- Continue cooking for another 20 minutes or until soft. It will thicken when liquid is reduced.
- If peach jam is still runny dissolve 2 teaspoons of cornstarch in 2 teaspoons of water. Pour mixture slowly and stirring constantly for 2 minutes.
- Turn off heat. Let it cool down before transferring to an air tight container. Refrigerate. Enjoy!
- After tasting the jam I can get away with adding just ¼ cup white sugar instead of ½ cup since peaches are so sweet this time of year.