Tis the Season – Ontario Peach Season
One of the best thing about summers in Ontario is the abundance of local fresh fruit. I thought I would try keeping the summer flavors alive. My mother used to make freezer jam recipes and she made it look so easy so I did some research and had to give it a try. I must say the entire process from cutting the fruit to filling up the jars takes about 20 minutes. Freezer jam keeps it stored for up to one year and when you have some cravings defrost the jam and there you have some fruit flavors to add to your yogurt, cheese and of course to spread some on your toast in the morning. You can also get creative with labeling and decoration as they make a great little summer or hostess gift.
Makes 6 250 ml Mason Jars
- 4 cups finely diced fresh ripe peaches
- 5 cups granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 box/package fruit pectin
- In a large stainless steel saucepan, add diced peaches, sugar, lemon juice, vanilla, and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat slightly and simmer for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Sprinkle in the fruit pectin, stirring until dissolved and continuing to boil for 1 minute. Reduce heat to low and stir for 2 more minutes.
- Option depending on sizes of peaches you can mash the mixture with a potato masher until desired consistency is reached.
- Pour the jam into 250 ml canning jars/mason jars leaving a 1/2-inch clearance from the top. Allow to cool for 1 hour. Seal with the lid and place in the refrigerator overnight to solidify.
*NOTE I chose not to peel the peaches. I found it unnecessary and not worth the effort
This jam can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks or in the freezer for 1 year! If frozen, allow to thaw in the refrigerator before using. Be creative with the labels and decorating, as they make a great little hostess gift.