The gift of peaches we received over the weekend keeps on giving...it's been five days and we still have peaches on our counter. We have been eating them fresh every day and using them as a star ingredient in various recipes. What a treat it has been!
Peach Freezer Jam is a great way to preserve peaches for savoring into the winter months. Freezer Jam is not cooked as much as traditional and the result is (in my view) far superior to traditionally cooked jam.
As you can see from the photo, my Peach Freezer Jam had a case of 'fruit float.' Peaches were diced fine as per the recipe. Next time, I will likely dice the fruit fine and then mash with a potato masher. There has to be a reason why I keep that bulky masher in my kitchen...
I used Sure-Jell Premium Fruit Pectin (in the pinkish box) for use in less or no sugar needed recipes. (Sure-Jell did not offer me any monetary or other support in any way, shape or form.) The 'FOR USE IN LESS OR NO SUGAR NEEDED RECIPIES' highlighted at the top of the box appealed to me. Upon opening the box and reading the fine print for no sugar added, the recipe called for an artificial sweetener...I'm not a fan. So I'm not sure if the recipe for the freezer jam is actually less sugar or not.
When measuring ingredients for jams and jellies, it is imperative to do so with precision. Because I used the instructions in the Sure-Jell pectin pack, I will include only the ingredients below. Please purchase some pectin and use directions for the brand you choose.
PEACH FREEZER JAM
- 4 cups peaches, finely chopped and mashed
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- Refer to package instructions included for pectin
Peach Freezer Jam can be held up to three weeks in the refrigerator or up to one year in the freezer.