Thursday, August 11, 2011

What to do with 50 Pounds of Peaches... jam anyone?

I Know it seems like a lot, but its worth it to have sweet canned peaches, and peach jam all year long!
Our friend Rick picked us up two 25 pound baskets of peaches from Jungle Jims . (if you haven't been there.. you should go, its awesome!) Each basket was $17.50 which ends up being around 70 cents a pound. Not too shabby at all!

What we did with most of them was canned them sliced in a light sugar syrup, but that's another post. The rest of them we made into yummy peach jam, about 3 batches worth.

The peach jam is pretty much the same as any other jam. Just sugar, fruit, and pectin. The recipe we used called for 4 cups of fruit, 5 1/2 cups of sugar, and one box of pectin. The recipe also called for lemon juice, but we left that out. So first peel, and pit the peaches, then dice them up into small chunks. Put the fruit and the pectin in the stock pot, bring it to a rolling boil. Then pour in the sugar. Bring it back to a rolling boil, and boil for one minute. After that it is ready to put in your jars. It gets processed in the Water bath canner for 10 minutes. We made a quick video showing the steps in more detail below.

We only shot a video for the peach jam this time, next time we can peaches we will put up a video of that too:) Hope you enjoy!

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