Recipe
Peach Freezer Jam

Peach Freezer Jam

If you want to preserve the fresh fruit of summer but don’t feel like standing over a hot stove and sterilizing jars, this quick, foolproof method is for you.

  • Yield: Eight 1/2-pint or four 1-pint jars

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cups finely chopped peeled and pitted ripe peaches (about 2 1/4 pounds)
  • 6 1/2 cups sugar 2 pouches (1 box) Certo liquid fruit
  • pectin (6 ounces total)
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 vanilla bean, halved, seeds scraped out and reserved, bean cut into 8 small pieces

Directions

  • Combine the peaches and sugar in a large mixing bowl, and stir to combine. Set aside for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. The sugar should be nearly dissolved.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the pectin and lemon juice.
  • Stir the pectin mixture into the peach-sugar mix- ture, and stir constantly until the sugar is no longer grainy and is nearly completely dissolved, about 3 minutes. Add the almond extract and the vanilla seeds, and stir to combine. Spoon the jam into clean 1/2-pint or pint jars. Place 1 or 2 pieces of vanilla bean inside each jar. Cover the jars and let stand at room temperature until the jam is set, up to 24 hours.
  • Store the jam in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 1 year. Defrost the jam in the fridge before serving.