Homemade peach or pear jam. Recipe taken from the Ball Blue Book of Preserving. Yields about 8 half-pints (I got slightly more).
- 1 quart peaches (peeled, pitted or cored, and finely chopped, 4 cups equals 1 quart or about 5 pounds peaches or pear) or 1 quart pear (peeled, pitted or cored, and finely chopped, 4 cups equals 1 quart or about 5 pounds peaches or pear)
- 7 1⁄2 cups sugar
- 1⁄4 cup lemon juice
- 1 (3 ounce) envelope liquid pectin
- Combine fruit, sugar and lemon juice in a large saucepan. Bring slowly to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves.
- Stir in liquid pectin. Return to a rolling boil. Boil hard 1 minute, stirring constantly.
- Remove from heat. Skim foam if necessary.
- Ladle hot jam into hot jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Adjust two-piece caps.
- Process 10 minutes in a boiling-water canner. (Note: Add appropriate additional processing time for high altitudes).
- Recipe variation:.
- Add 1 teaspoon whole cloves, 1/2 teaspoon whole allspice and 1 cinnamon stick tied in a spice bag to jam during cooking. Remove spice bag before filling jars.
Nice, fresh peachy flavor. After processing the peaches floated to the top of the jars, I'm not sure how to correct that, but the flavor if really nice. It's not a a real thick jam. but I thought it was just right. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
I made this recipe and was very disappointed. I believe that the amoutn of the peaches should be 4 cups not 8. I remade this with 5-1/2 cups sugar and 4 cups sugar and it came out fine. I now have 7 half pints and three pints of syrup to put over ice cream.