|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 11g||4%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
It's so delightful that with little effort you can have all the vibrant flavors and goodness of summer fruits year-round thanks to this super easy peach freezer jam.
Freezer jam making is similar to traditional jam making, but without the hours and hours of cooking and second-guessing. Undoubtedly, the reward for all that effort is a cupboard of preserves that will keep easily for a year. With freezer jam, however, there is none of the boiling and potting. This method is made without cooking and thereby retains all the brightness and goodness of the fresh fruit. Also, there is less sugar required to preserve. Once made, pop the new jam into freezer bags and your freezer.
You can also freeze the jam in glass jars if you have the room. To avoid the glass breaking when defrosting, leave at least an inch from the top to allow for expansion as the jam freezes.
Gather the ingredients.
Peel the peaches, remove the stone, and roughly chop the fruits into small chunks. You will need a minimum of two cups for this recipe. Ripe peaches will be easy to peel with a sharp knife. If you are struggling to remove the skin, cut a small cross in the base of the peach, pop the peach into the microwave, and heat on high for 30 seconds.
Place the chopped peaches into a large glass bowl and press lightly with a potato masher to release some of the juice and squish the peaches pieces a little; be careful not to over press, there should still be some lovely chunks of fruit. Set aside.
Place the sugar into a microwavable bowl and heat on high for 1 1/2 minute. The sugar will become hot so be careful when handling. Heating the sugar this way helps it to dissolve in the jam more quickly and prevent the jam from being grainy.
Add the warmed sugar to the peaches and stir through and continue to stir until the sugar dissolves. Taste, and if the jam is still grainy, then pop the jam into the microwave and heat on high for one minute at a time, and taste again. You should not need to do this more than three times if you have heated the sugar beforehand.
Add the liquid pectin to the jam and stir through, finally add the lemon juice, stir again then cover the bowl with a tea cloth, leave to go completely cold then place into the refrigerator for 24 hours.
The next day, wash three one-pound glass jars in hot soapy water and dry them carefully if you are canning your jam. Otherwise, use freezer bags.
Fill the jars leaving a one-inch gap at the top, clean the rim with a damp cloth before covering with a lid. You should fill two comfortably and any leftover can go into the third jar that can be kept in the fridge and used within three weeks. If using freezer bags, portion the jam into the bags, do not overfill, seal and freeze.
To defrost jars of freezer jam, do not rush this process, remove from the freezer and leave in the refrigerator until defrosted, this will not take more than 24 hours (freezer bag swill defrost much faster). Never put the frozen jars in the microwave to speed up the process.
- Pectin is the gelling agent used to help in the setting of jams and jellies. In traditional jam making, the fruit and the sugar once boiled will release the pectin naturally from the fruit. As freezer jam is not cooked, then you will need to add pectin, this can be liquid (as here, we used Certo), or use powdered pectin reconstituted in water following the packet instructions.
- The jam will keep up to a year in the freezer.