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How to Can Peach Jam

I took my boys to go pick peaches at a local orchard this year and it was really fun. I was looking forward to making homemade peach jam. If you like this recipe, then give this recipe for spiced peach jam a try.


Peach jam is very easy to make. You can make it with either liquid or powdered pectin. Instructions for each are listed below.

peach jam

Peach Jam
with liquid pectin

4 1/4 c. crushed peaches
1/4 c. lemon juice
7 c. sugar
1 pouch liquid pectin

Measure crushed peaches into a large sauce pan. Add lemon juice and sugar, stirring well. Stirring constantly, place on high heat and bring quickly to a full boil with bubbles over the entire surface. Boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in pectin. Skim.

Immediately pour hot jam into hot, sterile jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Wipe rims of jars with a dampened clean paper towel. Screw on lids. Process in a boiling water canner.

Yield: About 8 half-pint jars or 4 pint jars

Peach Jam
with powdered pectin

3 3/4 c. crushed peaches
1/4 c. lemon juice
1 pkg. powdered pectin
5 c. sugar

Measure crushed berries into a large sauce pan. Add lemon juice and pectin, stirring well. Stirring constantly, place on high heat and bring quickly to a full boil with bubbles over the entire surface. Add sugar, continue stirring, and heat again to a full bubbling boil. Boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; skim.

Immediately pour jam into hot, sterile jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Wipe rims of jars with a dampened clean paper towel. Screw on lids. Process in a boiling water canner.

Yield: About 6 half-pint jars

Recommended Process Time for Peach Jam in a Boiling Water Canner
  Process Time at Altitudes of
Style of Pack Jar Size 0 - 1,000 ft 1,001 - 6,000 ft Above 6,000 ft
Hot Half-pints
or Pints
5 min 10 15

This document incorporates information from "How to Make Jellies, Jams and Preserves at Home." Home and Garden Bulletin No. 56. Extension Service, United States Department of Agriculture. 1982 reprint. National Center for Home Food Preservation, June 2005.

New to boiling water canning and want to watch me prepare this recipe? Check out my step-by-step video based canning courses.

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