Tuesday, September 14, 2010

We Can CAN: Peach Jam & Peach Butter

Psychgrad and I were both fortunate enough to participate in the Loblaw Company Grown Close to Home campaign.

Since we're totally on board with fresh and local, I couldn't wait to get into the whole process. Psychgrad went into more detail on the products HERE .

We have a fabulous crop of peaches this year and for less than $5.00/basket and a little bit of effort, extending the enjoyment of these peaches was a no brainer.

Today's recipe are submitted to the Hearth and Soul Blog Hop (formerly known as Two for Tuesdays)


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Lifelong fun starts with some very basic tools. Once you have them, you're good to go save for some inexpensive part replacements.

I found some starter information at All Recipes or you can go to the Loblaw website for more information on safe canning procedures.

Group Recipes peach butter shares the flavour of the peach without having to use too much sugar.

8 cups peach pulp (need about 18 medium-sized peaches
2 cups of honey
2 cups sugar

Prepare the peach pulp:

Wash, scald, peel, pit and chop the peaches

  • Place the peaches in an 8-quart stock pot or dutch oven, with just enough water to prevent them from sticking, about 1/2 to 1 cup of water.
  • Put the lid on the pot and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the peaches are soft.
  • Press the cooked peaches through a sieve or food mill. Measure the pulp.
  • Prepare the Peach Butter:
  • Stir in the sugar and honey.
  • Cook until the mixture thickens, about 30 minutes. Stir frequently to prevent sticking.
  • When it's almost done, it will start to spit and sputter so be careful that none of the peach butter splashes out onto your skin.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and pour into hot, sterilized jars, leaving 1/4-inch of head space.
  • Adjust caps. Process pints and quarts for 10 minutes in a boiling water bath. Makes about 6 pints.

    Here's Psychgrad to tell you about her peach jam:


    I recently heard the saying: The difference between successful and unsuccessful people is that successful people fail more.

    I like that. Now, I just have to remember to consider failures part of the path to success.

    Certainly, in this case is true. My initial canning fail turned into peach jam success.

    Peach Jam

    Makes about six(8 ounce)jars. (less for me)

    4 cups - finely chopped peaches (pitted and pealed)

    2 tbsp - lemon juice

    1 - package (1.75 oz) of regular powdered fruit pectin

    5 cups - granulated sugar

    Check out this link for the rest of the instructions

    The jam tastes great and has nice chunky fruit bits throughout. I want to make one more type of jam before the winter.


Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Well done ladies. It was fun to rekindle our love for storing food for winter wasn't it. Stay tuned for my pumpkin butter tomorrow:D

kat said...

There is nothing like a pantry full of homemade jam!

Heather S-G said...

It sounds perfectly delicious. I can just imagine pulling out a jar in the middle of a blustery winter and biting into a chunk of summer sunshine. YUM! Thanks for sharing these w/ h'ns this week =)

Christy said...

They both look heavenly. I would love some on a piece of homemade bread - heaven!! Thanks for sharing this with us at hearth'nsoul!

Hunger and Thirst said...

Thanks for sharing your peachy adventures with Hearth and Soul. My peaches look to be less than a week away from ripening, so reading this post is liking looking into my future. Not that I'm complaining. Is there anything better than a pantry full of sunny peaches?

a moderate life said...

Our peach season is close to ending and that makes me so sad because I have a serious love affair with them, but do not love jams and jellies. the peach butter sounds more up my ally and would use it as a glaze I think! Thanks for sharing on the hearth n soul hop! Alex@amoderatelife

Candi said...

"Brilliant minds think alike". We also did Peach Butter. I didn't have enough peaches to make Peach Preserves or I might have made those too. Yours look delicious! (Visiting from Hearth and Soul)