Small Batch Peach Jam for Live Online Class

cut peaches in a bowl

Tomorrow night at 8 pm eastern time, I’ll be teaching my third live online class of the summer. For this one, I’ll make a small batch of peach jam and talk about how to preserve summer stonefruit without making yourself crazy. During the first class, a participant suggested that I make demonstration recipes available ahead of time, so that if you so desired, you could can along with me. So that’s what I’m doing!

This is the recipe I’ll be making on Monday night. You’ll want to have your canning pot prepped, your peaches peeled and chopped, and your sugar measured out. The rest we’ll do together.

And just to be clear, you don’t HAVE to can along with me to take the class. However, I do love the idea of all of us making the same thing at the same time.

When: Monday, July 13 at 8 pm Eastern Time
Where: Your living room, kitchen or office, via Concert Window
Cost: Pay what you wish

Small Batch Peach Jam for Live Online Class

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds yellow peaches, peeled and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, optional

Instructions

  1. Prepare a small boiling water bath canner and 3 half pint jars.
  2. Combine the peaches and sugar in a 12-inch nonreactive skillet and stir until the sugar dissolves and the peaches look juicy.
  3. Place the skillet on the stove over high heat and bring to a boil. Once the jam starts bubbling, reduce the heat to medium-high.
  4. Cook, stirring regularly, until the jam thickens. You know it's done when you can pull the spatula through the jam and the liquid doesn't immediately rush in to fill the space.
  5. Add the lemon juice and cinnamon, if using. Stir to combine.
  6. Remove the jam from the heat and stir for a few beats, to help the fruit release the last of the moisture.
  7. Funnel the jam into the prepared jars. Wipe the rims, apply lids and rings, and process in a boiling water bath canner for 10 minutes.
  8. When time is up, remove jars from the canner and set them on a folded kitchen towel to cool.
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7 Responses to Small Batch Peach Jam for Live Online Class

  1. 1
    Eileen says:

    So simple, you have to love it. 🙂 I hope your class goes well tonight!

  2. 2
    Diane says:

    LOVE your small batch recipes! Kids are grown and small batches let me still have variety.

    We have an ornamental plum that produces tiny/tart/tasty fruit. Today I canned 4 half pints of plum sauce (used a combo of 2 recipes) and froze 3 quarts of “Russian Fruit Compote (A Summer Drink)” from http://girlsguidetobutter.com/2013/07/russian-fruit-compote-a-summer-drink/ They are definitely not freestone, but again with small batches there aren’t enough pits to drive me completely round the bend.

  3. 3
    Christine says:

    I missed that you were doing online classes, but I’m excited about the idea – can’t wait to catch the next one!

    I had a peach jam disaster this weekend, and the reason why may have just hit me. Please, can you confirm for me, oh wise one?

    When a recipe says — for example — “2 pounds of peaches, peeled and chopped,” does that actually mean to *start out* with two pounds of peaches, then peel (and pit) and chop them? Because I measured out 2 pounds of chopped peaches, and ended up with far more jam than the recipe indicated (and zero jam set).

    • 3.1
      Marisa says:

      You are correct in your diagnosis. When it says, “2 pounds of peaches, peeled and chopped,” that means that you start out with two pounds and then peel and chop. If it has said, “2 pounds peeled and chopped peaches,” then you weigh the fruit after it has been peeled and chopped.

  4. 4
    Christine says:

    Ha! Thank you so much for the reply – I know you’ve had a busy week. Now I can plan Peach Jam Redemption Day and be more confident of good results.

  5. 5
    Kate says:

    Do you have your demo videos archived? Would love to watch this whenever I got peach picking in a week or two! 🙂

  6. 6
    Debi Nathanson says:

    Just finished making a batch. Yum! The peach flavor is great.

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