Classic Peach Jam Recipe

This Classic Peach Jam recipe makes a great topper for any of your favorite bread and pastries.

| October 2013

Classic peach jam

Be sure to use fresh peaches when making this Classic Peach Jam recipe. It tastes great atop bread and pastries, and even makes a delicious shrimp marinade.

Photo Courtesy Storey Publishing

With an increasing number of people growing their own food, and shopping at farmers’ markets, there is a growing demand for information on extending the life of your fruits. Put ‘em Up! Fruit (Storey Publishing, 2013) by Sherri Brooks Vinton is full of ways to store and use extra fruit. In the following excerpt you will find a Classic Peach Jam recipe.

You can purchase this book from the Mother Earth Living store: Put ‘em Up! Fruit.

Classic Peach Jam Recipe

I think all Southerners are born with jars of this in their hands. It’s just something everyone south of the Mason Dixon grows up with. And for good reason—it is fabulous. Make a batch and you will never want to be without it either.

• 1 cup water
• 1/4 cup bottled lemon juice
• 4 pounds peaches
• 4 cups sugar

1. Combine the water and lemon juice in a large nonreactive pot. Peel, pit, and slice the peaches, adding them to the lemon water as you go.

2. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes to soften the fruit, crushing it with a potato masher if you prefer a smooth-textured jam.

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