Perfectly smooth peach jam bursting with the flavor of fresh, juicy peaches. No more slaving over a hot stove, with this easy instant pot recipe.
Our family used to make her own jams and jellies all the time. One of my favorite memories is gathering on Sunday mornings after church. We’d make a big breakfast, which always included homemade biscuits. My favorite jam that we made was peach jam. I’d put it on my biscuit, and to this day I can still taste it and imagine that I’m back in that childhood kitchen.
Today I thought I’d share a peach jam recipe that is great for using up fresh produce. This recipe isn’t too complicated, and best of all it’s doesn’t need pectin. When you taste it I hope it’ll bring back good memories for you as well. Or maybe it will help you to make some new good memories with your children and grandchildren. It’s so easy and so good. This jam is better than any you’ll buy in stores. Also, in case you’re wondering, yes this is a peach freezer jam! 🙂
This recipe is so simple and delicious that I know you’ll want to make it again and again each summer. You can make freezer jams out of other fruits as well. Get out there and pick your fruit while it’s in season and get jammin’!
How To Make Peach Jam
This recipe can be made in the instant pot, or on the stove top. First, pit and chop up your peaches. Next, put them in the instant pot with you honey, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and the juice of one lemon.
Those are all of your ingredients! You can’t beat six ingredients. It just doesn’t get any easier. Once you have that in your instant pot, mix it until it’s all combined. Then, close the lid and cook on manual mode on high pressure for one minute. After that, release the pressure naturally and then switch to the sauté mode. Sauté for about fifteen minutes until the majority of the liquid has evaporated.
The jam should now be thickened. Use a potato masher to smash peach chunks into a puree. Place the jam into jars and store it in the refrigerator!
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I peel peaches? A quick and easy way to peel your peaches is to place them in boiling water for 45 seconds to one minute. Don’t let them go any longer than that. You’re not looking to cook them, we just want to make them easier to peel. As soon as you take them out of the boiling water, place them into ice water for another minute. This will make it very easy for the skins to come off. Finally, just score the peach on the bottom and the skin will come right off.
2. How To Use: There are so many things you can do with your jam. It goes great on toast, bagels, or English muffins for breakfast, or a snack. Don’t be shy, slather it on! Another one of my favorite things to do is it to add it plain yogurt to add flavor.
It would also be lovely for baking recipes, or to fill crepes.
3. How do I pick a good peach? Do the squeeze test! You’ll know a ripe peach by how much it gives when you squeeze it. I recommend squeezing around the top where the stem was. If it starts to give, then you know you have a winner!
How Long Does It Last?
Your jam should last you six months in the freezer and up to 1 week in the refrigerator. If you’re like my family though, that won’t be a problem. We could go through a jar in no time just using it for breakfast alone.
Can I Freeze Jam?
This jam can definitely be frozen. In fact I suggest you freeze some just in case you can’t eat it all in time. It is also wonderful to pull out for gifts.
- Frozen Peaches You can use frozen fruit if you like as long as they are no sugar added. Just thaw out to room temperature. Using canned peaches is not recommended.
- Can I Freeze Peaches to Make Jam Later?Yes! This can save you some time and money. If you happen to come across a great deal on peaches and you buy a bunch of them. Then peel,chop, and put them in a lemon water bath before freezing. Then all you have to do is thaw them out when are ready to cook your jam. Frozen is also wonderful in my peach bellini recipe.
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Instant Pot Version
- Combine all ingredients in the Instant Pot, toss until combined.
- Cook a manual high pressure mode for 1 minute. Allow pressure to release naturally.
- Remove lid, and switch the instant pot to saute mode. Saute for about 15 minutes or until thickened, and most of the liquid is evaporated.
- Use a potato masher, to mash into a puree.
- In a large saucepan, bring peaches and lemon juice to a boil. Mash peaches into a puree.
- Reduce heat, then stir in honey, cinnamon and brown sugar. Bring back to a boil.
- Cook for 15-20 minutes or until liquid is evaporated and you reach your desired consistency.
- Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla extract.