I have been jamming like a crazy woman. Making fresh jam is so simple and a fast way to capture the intense flavors of summer. Blueberries and peaches combine wonderfully-they are better together.
This is just the recipe for a single half pint jar, a great way to get your feet wet on the shores of Jamming. You may use the full batch recipe to make more jars, just keep in mind that smaller batches (say 6-8 jars) are easier to work with and will help the jam set.
You will need: 1 cup finely chopped peeled peaches, 1/3 cup blueberries, and 1/2 cup sugar
Full batch: 6 cups finely chopped peeled peaches, 2 cups blueberries, 3 cups sugar ( makes about 6 half pint jars)
I found that I did not need pectin to make the jam set. You may increase the sugar if you like, but I like my jam a smidgen on the tart side and less sugary. I feel that this helps me to really capture genuine fruit taste in a jar.
Start with the peaches and sugar. Cook them over medium-high heat, stirring often, until the jam begins to thicken. Add the blueberries and mash them gently. Continue cooking until it has set according to the he cold plate test described in my Easy Two Ingredient Strawberry Jam Recipe.
See how the peaches have darkened a bit? You can taste the jam at this point to be sure that it is sweet enough for you. If you want to can it, process in a hot water bath for 10 minutes.
Canning is optional, though. Please don’t skip this recipe just because you may be intimidated by canning! Can you imagine the wonderful feeling of opening a jar of summery jam in the middle of winter, when memories of local strawberries, peaches,and blueberries have faded, like summer’s tan lines? Canning really is quite simple, maybe I”ll write a tutorial one day.
You can store this in a pretty glass jar or just in a covered container in the refrigerator.
Isn’t that purple color so luscious? Time for some homemade bread!
Homemade bread is the only bread worthy of fresh jam. To put it on anything less keeps it from its full potential. Fellow jam makers, don’t you agree?