Homemade, natural and without pectin, this two-ingredient french peach jam is going to be your new jam favorite.
I am sharing a recipe, tips and tricks on how to make a natural peach jam further below.
I am a great homemade jam lover and today it shall be my mum’s french peach jam recipe, which is of course without pectin.
In order to get up in the morning and to receive my daily dose of inspiration, I prepare something that we in french call a tartine.
It’s basically a bread slice covered with butter and jam, just that in my case I completely and always skip the butter so that I am left with a slice of sweet homemade jam.
This peach jam gives you a taste of a french tartine for breakfast!
How to make peach jam?
Making jam with fresh peaches is super easy! I have outlined the steps below so that you get an idea how it’s done from scratch.
The complete recipe with measurement options and detailed steps is located at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.
Rinse fruits to get rid of impurities and pat dry. Cut into half, take out pit.
Cut peaches into quarters and take off the peel with your fingers.
Place fruits, sugar, lemon juice and lemon halves into a large jam pot and stir.
Bring to a rolling boil and simmer.
Cook down until fruits appear glossy and translucent.
Take out lemon halves and blend jam to desired consistency.
Leave to simmer until set.
Test if set with ice-cold plate by dropping hot jam on the plate. If it doesn’t run it’s good
Pour jam into clean jars.
Pour rum or other liquor into lids to kill germs, close jars with lids, and turn upside down to create a vacuum.
You can flavor your homemade peach jam by adding any of the following ingredients to your jam during the cooking process:
- grated ginger for an oriental or fall flavored jam
- chopped jalapeno for a hot spicy version
- rum or any other booze like whiskey or vodka
- pinch of spices such as cardamom, cinnamon and vanilla
Make sure to work in a clean environment and use only sterilized jars. You can sterilize your jars and lids by boiling them in hot water to kill all germs.
If you followed my instructions with the rum in the lids and the turning upside down, your jam will last for at least 1 year.
You can also do a water bath canning but it’s not a must. This adds another layer of safety.
The french method (which is common in Europe), simply calls for turning your jars upside down.
That creates a vacuum and that is how it’s still done today in France. Water bath canning is only done with whole fruits in France and neighboring countries.
Store your jam jars in a dry place, away from direct sunlight and heat on a shelf or in your pantry.
Once you open a jar, keep in the fridge (because you unsealed it and you used a spoon in it).
You can use a tasty peach variety that you enjoy, preferably fresh or also frozen.
I don’t leave the skin on the peaches because we don’t like the texture of the skin in our jam but if you like, you can keep the skin on. It’s up to you!
The riper the better but the fruits shouldn’t be spoiled. Spoiled fruits result in a jam that’s doesn’t keep well. Use only healthy ripe peaches to make a peach jam. Hard peaches are not a great choice because they are difficult to peel. Peaches that are ripe are easier to peel.
Lemons are high in natural pectin, that includes the juice and mostly the skin. Pectin helps in setting your jam. For that reason I add lemon juice and the lemon halves (which I remove after the cooking process) to my jam recipes. Besides, lemon juice compliments the peach flavors.
Your jam is runny if it didn’t set properly. Also, keep in mind that peaches are super low in natural pectin so the jam takes longer to cook down to setting point. If your jam is, runny take it back to the heat and cook it down further until set. Test if set with the help of an ice cold plate. Drop some hot jam on the cold plate and move it around. The jam will cool down instantly and you will be able to see if it’s still running or not.
Your peach jam is dark, if you cooked it down too much. This can happen when you are preparing jam for the first time or when you thought your hot liquid jam wasn’t set. Jam when set will always appear liquid when hot. Only when it cools down, it will show it’s true consistency. Nonetheless dark peach jam is still good and tastes great, it’s just darker.
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French Peach Jam Recipe
For the Jam:
- 2.2 pounds Peaches fresh or frozen
- 3⅓ cups Sugar
- 1 Lemon juice it and keep lemon halves, *see Notes
- Rinse peaches and pat dry. Cut into half and take out the pit. Cut further into quarters and peel your peaches.
- Weigh Peaches.
- Place peeled peaches into a large jam pan. Add sugar, lemon juice, and lemon halves.
- Stir the ingredients together and bring to a rolling boil. Reduce heat to simmer for at least 40-50 minutes or until the fruits appear glossy and translucent.
- Take out the lemon halves and discard them. Blend your jam with a hand blender to desired consistency.
- Keep the jam to simmer further until the jam has set. Test if the jam is set by dropping hot jam on an ice-cold plate. Move around the plate to see if the cooling jam is running. If it's running, cook further down and repeat the test until it's set and you are satisfied with the result.
- Before you fill the jars with the jam, drop little rum (or other liquor) into the lid. That will help in keeping the jam germ and mold growth free.
- Fill your clean jam jars with the hot peach jam, close well with the lid and turn the jar upside down.
- Keep them upside down for a few hours and then store them in a dry and cool place and keep away from direct sunlight. If you live in a humid tropical climate, please store the jam in the fridge.
- 1 serving = 1 teaspoon, 80 servings = about 3 jars of jam roughly.
- Use untreated lemons (no pesticides) to add to your jam. I prefer fresh fruits vs bottles lemon juice because I don’t know what they add to those bottles.
- Don’t reduce the sugar quantity in the recipe. Sugar helps in preserving your jam and if you reduce it, your jam won’t last (which beats the purpose of a fruit preserve). The fruit and sugar ratio is perfect as is!
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