September Can Jam~Spiced Peach Jam

I love peaches.  Mostly I love them fresh, but grocery store peaches in the winter shipped from who-knows-where are not tasty so I don’t buy them anymore.

I also love jam.  So, what could be better than peach jam?  Spiced Peach Jam.

I love this jam so much that I had to make another batch after I tried the first.   I buy my peaches at the Farmers’ Market.  I have a favorite booth for stonefruits and tomatoes.  They always have a peck of peach “seconds” for me.  I think I paid $3 for a half peck of soft peaches.  We always eat a few but I got most of them into the jam:

Spiced Peach Jam

  • 3 lbs peaches skinned and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 coins of candied ginger chopped into little bits (almost minced)
  • 2 tsp.  lemon juice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
Spiced Peach Jam

Yum!

Combine all in a large, non-reactive pan and simmer until set.  I always use the chilled plate method to test my set. 
Sterilize your jars by boiling in a hot water bath.
Ladle hot jam into hot, sterilized jars and process in boiling water bath for ten minutes.

The jam improves with time as the ginger diffuses into it.  I like it on PB&J sandwiches, but I love it in homemade yogurt!

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7 responses to “September Can Jam~Spiced Peach Jam

  1. This peach jam sounds delicious. I notice there is no pectin in the recipe???? I will have to wait until I get back to MI to make peach anything. The peaches we can get here in AZ are truly “stone fruits” as they are rock hard and inedible.

    A comment regarding “Why BLow Lunch”. Congratulations on being a published author:)
    I read this with great interest. As a teacher (retired now but still a teacher) I was amazed at what my students were being given as “proper nutrition” in the cafeteria every day. I am planning on becoming involved in the school garden and farm to school programs once I get back home.

    • aastricker

      The schools need all the help they can get. There is so much legislation and political influence involved that it will take a lot of support to see positive change. There are versions of the school nutrition legislation in both the house and the senate now waiting for signatures; I hope they don’t make cuts to the bills.

  2. I think I will have to try peach jam now. You are making my mouth water :-)

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  4. I haven’t made many jams without any pectin. Does this set fairly firm?

    Also, you didn’t indicate to remove the cinnamon sticks, but I’m assuming that I should, right? ;) Leave the ginger in, though?

    • aastricker

      It is a soft jam, but not runny if that makes sense. I actually leave the cinnamon sticks in the jars, but the cinnamon flavor intensifies with age.

    • aastricker

      Jams without pectin don’t sually set very thick, if you cook them too long, they turn to taffy. :( I left the cinnamon stiks in and let them steep, but I LOVE cinnamon.

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