August 06, 2011

Raspberry Peach Jam


Ingredients:
8  cups whole, picked over raspberries
3 peaches, peeled and diced
4 1/2 cups sugar
1 box liquid pectin (6 oz., both of the little packets in the box)
1/4 cup lemon juice
zest of one lemon


Directions:
Mash the berries in a large bowl with a potato masher. It should yield about 4 1/2 cups of pulpy berries. Set aside. Mash the peaches. It should yield about 2 cups of peach pulp.  Add the sugar and pulps to a large, heavy bottomed pot. Prep jars/lids for canning. Bring the mixture to a boil. Boil for about 10-15 minutes or until thickened. Stir in the pectin and juices. Continue cooking at a low (rolling) boil for 5 minutes. Fill the jars leaving 1/4 inch headroom. Process in the hot water bath for 10 minutes.

Yield: approx. 7 8-oz jars, 1 4-oz jar
Note: A great source for canning information is the Blue Book guide to preserving. I highly recommend it for learning how to can. Here is a bunch of other canning books and equipment I find useful.
My thoughts:
I am excited about this jam because so many raspberry and whatever jams are mostly whatever with a hint of raspberry. I love raspberries and really wanted to make a jam where it was the star, even if it was along side another fruit. I have to say, I think I hit the nail on the head with this one. It smells and tastes like the best raspberries ever but with a almost floral, honey note of peach. I could eat a bowl of this jam.

5 comments:

  1. Swaneyjackie@yahoo.comAugust 06, 2011 7:59 PM

    I love Raspberry/Peach Jam! Also make Strawberry/Peach Jam and everyone loves it, as well. It's too early for our peaches here in the Northwest, but this year I'm going to try Blueberry/Peach Jam.

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  2. I dearly wish that raspberries were NOT so expensive. Sigh.....

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  3. Helen
    Try a pick your own place!

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  4. so glad it's peach season! i love this! thanks for sharing!
    -meg
    @ http://clutzycooking.blogspot.com

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  5. Rachel, I just finished licking the pot, the ladle and the funnel. This jam is amazing! I can not wait for it to finish in the waterbath! I picked so many raspberries this summer and my freezer is now empty of them (sigh). This jam is going to bring a bunch of smiles to all who eat this winter! Thanks for the recipe!

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