Homemade Peach Jam is a staple in our home. Every year, I wait until we can order Utah peaches by the case. Then I roll up my shirt sleeves and set to work making and canning a years worth of delicious 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.
As luck would have it, the day arrived just before I was about to leave for a weekend away from home. I glanced around at all my wonderful peaches and panicked because I knew they 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, wonder of wonder, miracle of miracles: 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.
Store bought jams and preserves just can’t compare with the taste of the homemade stuff and this peach jam is no exception. Nothing says “summer” like biting into a fresh, sweet, juicy peach at the perfect stage of ripeness. This jam manages to capture all that spectacular warm weather flavor in a jar for eating any time of the year.
Peach Jam jam is phenomenal on all kinds of breads, muffins, and scones.
Toast a slice of Tender High Rising Gluten Free Sandwich Bread or English Muffin Bread and spread with a thick layer of peach jam for a sweet way to start the day. Blueberry Bran Muffins and Peach Jam are another great breakfast pairing to enjoy with your morning cup of coffee or tea.
Did you know you can also put peach jam in homemade ice cream? I found this out after a happy accident with a jar of peach jam lead to a surprising frozen treat in the form of Strawberry Peach Jam Ice Cream.
Peach Jam Recipe
There are so many peach jam recipes out there but this one is my go-to for a daily spread. Like many recipes, it starts with plenty of fresh peaches, sugar and pectin. Lemon juice adds both a tart flavor and acidity that helps with the “preserving” part of homemade preserves.
I add just a touch of with cinnamon or allspice to the recipe for the perfect amount of spice. It’s enough to give this jam a hint of something special without totally overwhelming that incredible peach flavor.
When you serve this jam, don’t be surprised if you’re peppered with questions about what that secret ingredient is that makes it so darn good.
Canning Peach Jam
This is a fairly standard and easy recipe for “putting up” peach jam but, like I mentioned before, it is quite time consuming. Set aside a good chunk of time for getting the jam prepared and processed and make sure all your equipment is clean and ready to go before you get started.
For this recipe, I use the hot water bath method of processing jars. You don’t need any fancy canning equipment! You can also pour a thin layer of melted wax over the top of each jar, let the wax cool, then place the lids on top of the jars to seal.
Don’t be intimidated if you’ve never canned your own preserves before. It’s easy to learn and a fantastic skill to have in your toolbox. My friend Rebecca has a good Canning Basics guide here with more tips!
Once you get started making your own homemade jam, there’s a whole world of recipes out there for you to explore. There are classic blueberry and strawberry jams, of course, and so many others to try that might surprise you!
Habanero Peach Jam is a spicy hot pepper jam spin on this recipe that’s delicious on toast, crackers, and any which way you eat it. Cranberry Pepper Jam is another sweet and spicy variety that’s perfect to give as a gift and enjoy yourself.
But if you only make one jam recipe in your life, this Peach Jam is an excellent choice. Full of fruity, peachy goodness and simple and straightforward to make, this is one recipe you’ll want to make every peach season for years to come.
Perfectly sweetened and wonderfully spiced jam with just a hint of cinnamon is fantastic for every occasion.
- 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.