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My mom used to close the summer season with peach treats. Peaches are usually the last fruit to ripen in the summer and when we started to eat peach streusel. Or we started to enjoy our own freshly made peach jam on bread or on brioche, we knew the summer season is about to end.
No wonder we didn’t like it that much, not only that the summer was ending, the temperature started to slowly dropping, also because when my mom used to make peach jam, me and my brother had to be on duty to clean, wash, cut and prepare peaches for jams, compotes or other peach treats, that mom used to cook or bake back then. I remember the carrier paper boxes full of peaches in our hallway of our balcony, along with boxes of tomatoes.
My mom used to preserve a lot of fruits and vegetables all summer long from her garden, but the peaches season was the most memorable for me. And we were so happy and glad that she did. Because in the middle of the winter on Sunday morning, when everybody enjoyed their breakfast with nice hot cup of coffee and fresh brioches, we opened my mom’s peaches preserves with a big smile and remembered how hard we worked (especially the quantities) at the end of the summer and how worth the whole process was. When you open yours and you smell that summer goodness in small jar, you will feel proud, satisfied and humbled at the same time.
Peach preserves are far the most easiest to make, if you won’t decide on getting truck of peaches. It is a joke, who’s preserving in big scale these days. I still preserve some of my fruits and vegetables, even when I am able to get them all year long in the supermarkets, because homemade is and it always was the best. And I know, that you want the best for you and your family.
So here are the few things to get ready, when preserving peaches. Make sure you have Dr. Oetker Gelfix 3:1 on hand before you start, it is one of my favorite fruit pectine to preserve my jams. You can surely use the old methode without pectine, but your jam would need to be stored in refrigerator only up to 3 weeks. With pectine you are extending the shelf life. And plus, when using Dr. Oetker Gelfix 3:1 you are using much less of sugar. Peaches are very sweet themselves, so less sugar you will have more taste of peaches. Then make sure to have large heavy pot, wooden spoon and sterilised jars. So now you are ready to make your peach jam.
HOMEMADE PEACH JAM
Preparation time: 15 minutes⭐ cooking time: 5-10 minutes⭐ servings: 12 x 4oz jars
- 1kg (2lb) ripen peaches
- 1 1/2 cups of sugar
- 1 pkg of pectin Dr. Oetker Gelfix 3:1
- 2 tsp of sugar (extra to mix with pectin)
- Cleaned, sliced and cut in small cubes fruit ,add in large cooking pot.
- Mix the Dr. Oetker Gelfix 3:1 with 2 tsp of sugar and add it into the fruit.
- Boil on high heat and stir constantly with wooden spoon for 1 minute.
- Add the 1 1/2 cups of sugar now and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Take the cooking pot off the heat and pour the jam into sterilized jars immediately.
- Once the jars are filled with jam, put on lids, tighten and turn the jars upside down for 5 minutes.
- Let cool the jars for about 2 hours, then you can start enjoying it on your favorite toast or baguette.
- You can store your jam in cupboards or pantry for up to 3 years. Once jar is opened, consume it quickly or keep it in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.