Sunday, August 21, 2016

We Be Jammin'... Spiced Peach Jam

Spiced Peach Jam
From the kitchen of Lynn Oliver

You will need:
* 8 cups pitted, peeled* peaches, cut in a 1” dice

* A large bowl of ice water

* Zest of half a lemon

* 4 Tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice 

* 6 Tablespoons classic fruit pectin (like Ball® or Pomona’s)

* 7 cups white sugar

* 1 Tablespoon finely chopped crystallized ginger

* 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

* 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

* 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

* 1/4 teaspoon salt 

* Large canning pot with rack 

* Jar lifter (typically found in canning sets) 

* Large tongs (typically found in canning sets)

* Large ladle

* A wet paper towel

* Dry paper towels

* 6 one-pint (16 oz.) glass canning jars, with lids and screw-on bands


1. Get your boiling water going in your canning pot. The water should be two inches over the height of the jars. Heat jars, lids and bands in simmering (not boiling) water until ready to use. Remove with tongs and set on dry paper towels.

2. *You can use the same pot to peel your peaches. Cut an X in the bottom of each peach. Drop 4 or 5 at a time into the simmering water for 45 seconds. Immediate remove peaches and drop in a large bowl of ice water for 20-30 seconds. You should easily be able to slip the skin right off the peaches. Repeat this step if the skin is stubborn.

3. In a 6- to 8-quart saucepan, set to medium-high heat, bring the peaches and lemon juice to a boil. Lightly mash the peaches (this will help thicken the jam).

4. Add the pectin and quickly return the mixture to a boil. Stirring constantly, gradually add the sugar.

5. All at once, stir in the crystallized ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, reserved lemon zest and salt, and continue to boil, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.

6. Remove from heat. Skim any foam off the top.

7. Ladle hot jam into hot jars, leaving ¼-inch headspace. Wipe rim with wet paper towel. Center lid on jar. Screw on the band until firmly in place.

8. Process in the boiling water bath 10 minutes. Remove jars and cool. Check lids after 24 hours; they should not flex when center is pressed. 9. Label and date your jars. Peach jam will keep up to two years.

Makes 6 pints.

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