Harvest peach jam is a delicious preserve made from ripe, juicy peaches. It captures the essence of the harvest season, offering a sweet and tangy flavor with warm spice undertones.
This jam is wonderfully fragrant and melts in your mouth with a hint of spices to enhance the natural flavors.
Making homemade harvest peach jam is a great way to make something delicious and special with your summer harvest. This sweet treat is packed full of flavor and you can even customize it to your own tastes!
Here’s what you need to make it: Peaches, Lemon Juice, Cloves, Allspice, Cinnamon Stick, Sugar and Liquid Pectin.
With these simple ingredients, you can whip up a batch of this homemade delight in no time at all! Enjoy your harvest peach jam with toast, oatmeal or ice cream – or just eat it straight from the jar! Yum! Bon appétit!
How to Make Harvest Peach Jam
- Let’s make some delicious peach preserves! First, prepare your peaches by pitting and peeling them.
Now, get choppin’ – you can either chop or shred the fruit into 1 quart of fine pieces.
Once that’s done, stir in ¼ cup of lemon juice to add a bit of tartness.
- Next, it’s time to add some spice! In a spice bag, combine 1 teaspoon of whole cloves, ½ teaspoon of whole allspice and one cinnamon stick.
- Now let’s move on to the main event: the saucepan.
Combine 7 ½ cups of sugar with the chopped peach mix and spice bag in a large saucepan. Gently bring it to a boil over medium heat until all the sugar has dissolved.
- Bring it to a boil (slowly!) over med heat until sugar is fully dissolved.
Stir in 1 Pouch of Liquid Pectin and allow it to boil hard at a full rolling boil for one minute.
- Remove from heat and remove the spice bag, be careful not to touch it! Ladle into hot prepared jars (skimming foam if necessary), leaving 1/4″ headspace.
- Adjust two-piece caps and process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes. And voila – you’ve just made some yummy homemade peach jam!
For this task, I recommend using reusable muslin tea bags that you can find in health food stores and the organic section at most grocery stores.
Homemade peach jam is a delicious and flavorful treat that can be enjoyed all year long. To ensure the best flavor, it’s important to store it properly in order to maintain its freshness and taste.
The best way to store this homemade delight is by placing it in airtight jars or containers and storing them in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight.
It should keep for up to one year when stored correctly. For optimal flavor, try eating your jam within twelve months of making it as the flavors will start to diminish over time. Enjoy your homemade harvest peach jam!
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Homemade Peach Jam FAQ
It’s best to use fully ripe peaches for optimal flavor and sweetness in peach jam. Underripe peaches may result in a less desirable taste and texture.
Yes, you can reduce the amount of sugar in peach jam, but it may affect the jam’s set and shelf life. Consider using low-sugar or no-sugar pectin alternatives or follow tested recipes for sugar-reduced jams.
Yes, you can use frozen peaches for making jam. Thaw them before using and consider adjusting cooking times since frozen fruit may release more liquid during the cooking process.
When properly sealed and stored in a cool, dark place, homemade peach jam can typically last up to one year. However, always check for signs of spoilage before consuming.
Lemon juice is often added to peach jam as it helps enhance the jam’s flavor, acidity, and natural pectin content. It also acts as a preservative to prevent browning.
Yes, you can use alternative sweeteners, but they may affect the jam’s set and taste. Follow recipes specifically designed for those sweeteners or use low-sugar pectin alternatives.
Ensure you have the correct ratio of fruit, sugar, and acid. Follow tested recipes, use pectin if needed, and use a reliable method to test the set, such as the plate or freezer test.
Insufficient cooking time, inadequate pectin content, or improper ratios of fruit and sugar can cause runny jam. Try re-cooking with added pectin or lemon juice to achieve a better set.
It’s generally safe to double or halve a peach jam recipe, but ensure you maintain the correct ratios of ingredients and adjust cooking times accordingly.
Proper sterilization of jars, lids, and utensils, as well as adequate processing in a water bath canner, can help prevent mold growth. Store in a cool, dark place after canning.
To minimize fruit floating to the top, allow the jam to cool slightly before filling the jars, ensuring an even distribution of fruit throughout.
Peach Jam Recipe- Print Now
Harvest Peach Jam
- 1 Quart Peaches (finely chopped or shredded)
- ¼ cup Lemon Juice
- 1 teaspoon Whole Cloves
- ½ teaspoon Whole Allspice
- 1 Cinnamon Stick
- 7 ½ cup Sugar
- 6 oz Liquid Pectin
- Place the chopped or shredded peaches in a large mixing bowl and add the lemon juice, stirring to coat.1 Quart Peaches¼ cup Lemon Juice
- Measure the cloves, allspice and cinnamon stick into a muslin tea bag.1 teaspoon Whole Cloves½ teaspoon Whole Allspice1 Cinnamon Stick
- In a large saucepan, combine the sugar and peaches, stirring to blend.7 ½ cup Sugar
- Drop in the spice bag.
- Bring it to a boil (slowly!) over medium heat until sugar is fully dissolved.
- Stir in 1 the Liquid Pectin and allow it to boil hard at a rolling boil for 1 full minute.6 oz Liquid Pectin
- Remove from heat and remove spice Bag, be careful not to touch it!
- Ladle the jam into hot prepared jars, skimming off any foam as needed. Leave 1/4" headspace.
- Adjust the two-piece caps and process in a boiling water bath for ten minutes.
- Ladle into hot prepared jars, (skimming foam if necessary), leaving 1/4" headspace. Adjust two-piece caps and process in boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
If you altered the ingedients above by doubling or tripling the recipe, you may also need to change the pan/dish size and adjust the cooking/baking time.
See More Delicious Peach Recipes:
- Peach Delight – a thick preserve of peaches for use on pancakes, ice cream, or as a filling for muffins or Coffee Cake, etc
- Peach Halves
- Peach Pie Filling