Jam is one of the easiest ways to preserve a harvest at home. Here is an easy peach jam recipe. This jam may be made with only the fruit, sugar, and water, or it may be spiced.
To spice the jam, place the following into a small bag made of cheesecloth: one cinnamon stick, one teaspoon of whole cloves, and 1/2 teaspoon of whole allspice. Tie the bag shut with kitchen string and add to the peaches at the same time as you add the water. Remove the bag before pouring the jam into jars. Make one spice bag for every 6 cups of peaches used.
- Wash, scald, peel, pit, and measure ripe peaches.
- Place in pot or kettle and crush with a potato masher.
- Add 1/2 cup of water for every six cups of peaches (and spice bag, if used).
- Cook gently for ten minutes, then add sugar equal to the amount of peaches first measured.
- Continue cooking over low heat, stirring until sugar dissolves, and bring to a boil.
- Raise heat and cook rapidly for fifteen minutes, stirring frequently.
- Mixture should be thick.
- Pour jam into hot pint jars leaving 1/4 inch of head space
- Wipe rims, screw on lids and rings.
- Process pints for 5 minutes in a water bath.
Make sure you follow all safety precautions. For water bath canning chart for fruit visit the following page. You can also get a heap more recipes and canning information from the following ebook: A Beginners Guide to Home Canning & Food Preserving: Recipes, Jams, Marmalades, Jellies, Chutneys, Relishes Plus More… (Simple Living)