Peach Amaretto Jam

Last week I was a busy food preservation bee. Kelley of Mountain Mama Cooks, Becky of Vintage Mixer and I got together for a day of canning. We started by turning 50 pounds of tomatoes into marinara sauce. That’s right, 50 pounds. It was not a small project, but working with friends made it fun. I think we were a little naive about how long it would take to make that much marinara sauce and by early evening we abandoned the peach jam we had also planned on canning.

Becky and I got together a few days later to tackle the big box of peaches. Once again, it was a long afternoon, but not nearly as labor intensive. If you have not yet discovered this yourself, jam is easy.

Peach Amaretto Jam

Start with ripe peaches, not only do they have the best flavor, but they’re easier to peel. To peel the peaches, give them a short dunk in boiling water and then rub the skins away with your fingers. Dump the peaches, along with the sugar and lemon juice into a large saucepan. Bring it all to a boil and stir to dissolve the sugar. I use a vegetable masher to smash the peaches into the liquid, breaking up the slices. You can give them a rough chop in a food processor before adding them to the saucepan instead if you like.

Your stove top will do most of the work for you. All you need to do from this point is stir the mixture every few minutes and skim any foam away from the top. The consistency of jam is a matter of personal preference, and I confess I like mine slightly on the runny side. I want to slather in on pancakes and have it almost drip from my toast. Test the thickness of the jam by spooning a small amount onto a very cold plate and wiping your finger through it. Once it holds up and no longer runs to fill the path of your finger, you’re there.

I added a hint of almond flavor with some amaretto liquor in this particular recipe, but you can simply leave it out if you wish. It’ll be delicious both ways!

Peach Amaretto Jam

Peach Amaretto Jam

I know canning can be a very intimidating thing, but I promise it’s not as scary as you think. And jam is a great way to ease into it. A few long days in the kitchen have ensured I can enjoy some of summer’s bounty throughout the winter.

View the recipe for the marinara sauce we made on Becky’s blog, Vintage Mixer, and see all of the canning Kelley has been doing on her blog, Mountain Mama Cooks.

Peach Amaretto Jam

Peach Amaretto Jam

Yield: 6 half-pint jars

Peach Amaretto Jam

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds (1.4 kg) peaches
  • 3 cups (600 grams) sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons amaretto

Instructions

  1. Prepare a large pot of boiling water. With a paring knife, cut a small "x" in the bottom of each peach. Working with a few peaches at a time, place them in the boiling water for 1-2 minutes, until the skins begin to peel back from the "x". Remove from the pot.
  2. Use your fingers to peel away the skins, starting with the "x" at the bottom. Slice the peaches and discard the pits.
  3. In a large saucepan, combine the peaches, sugar, and lemon juice and place over medium high heat. Stir to dissolve the sugar and use a mashing utensil to break of the slices into smaller pieces. Bring the jam to a boil, then let simmer until thickened, stirring frequently and skimming away any foam from the surface.
  4. The jam will thicken in about 45-60 minutes. Test jam by pouring a teaspoon onto a very cold plate (placed in the freezer for 15 minutes). Wipe your finger through the jam. Jam has reached the proper consistency when it holds its shape and does not run to fill the gap created by your finger.
  5. During the last 15 minutes of cooking, add the amaretto. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil and place your canning jars and lids inside. Let boil for several minutes.
  6. Remove the jars and lids from the water. Spoon the jam into the jars, leaving a 1/4-inch headspace. Use a clean damp towel to whip the rims of the jars. Place the lids and screw on the rings, and use a jar lifter to lower into the boiling water. Let the water return to a boil, then continue to boil for 10 minutes (see note below).
  7. Remove the processed jars from the water and let cool to room temperature. Remove the rings from the jars and store in a cool place out of direct sunlight and for best results, use within a year.

A note about high-altitude canning: increase the processing time of your jam based on the following altitudes.

1,001-3,000 ft, add 5 minutes. 3,001-6,000 ft, add 10 minutes. 6,001-8,000 ft, add 15 minutes. 8,001-10,000 ft, add 20 minutes.

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14 Responses to Peach Amaretto Jam

  1. Priya says:

    Yummy and irresistible jam.

  2. Keisha says:

    I love peach jam and peach butter especially slathered on a hot and fluffy buttermilk biscuits! I can almost taste it now.

  3. Looks beautiful! Can’t wait to dig into some!! Canning is a funny thing. It has this romantic quality to it and while it is very rewarding and can be a lot of fun, in reality it is a lot of work. So glad to have spent the day with you ladies!!

  4. Sues says:

    This is am absolutely beautiful jam! And so perfect for enjoying peaches long after the season is gone :)

  5. Just bought a bushel of peaches today! We’re going to try bottling some peaches and putting brandy in with the syrup. I cannot wait!

    Also, I’m now making this jam.

  6. Erin R. says:

    Oh, how beautiful! I made a batch of peach jam last month, but I only used about 2/3 cup of sugar. There is just nothing like homemade jam, is there? You can make it exactly the way you like it and fiddle with flavorings and spices as much as you want. I’ll definitely have to remember the amaretto next year.

    • Annalise says:

      Did you can that peach jam you made? It’s my understanding that you need 1 cup of sugar for 1 pound of peaches for preservation purposes. It’s a lot of sugar, I know, but I don’t want to risk it going bad (or making us sick) so I haven’t messed with it. But maybe you know something I don’t know?

      • Erin R. says:

        I did indeed. One jar didn’t seal and so went in the fridge, but the rest is canned and saved in my pantry. I think all the super sugary jam recipes (like our moms used) were from way back before the latest research came out and people just aren’t aware of the update. According to the Cornell Extension Office:

        http://ccetompkins.org/nutrition/food-preservation

        the sugar is good for keeping the jam from going moldy too quickly after the jar is opened, but it’s really just a sweet tooth thing and doesn’t have any effect on long term preservation. You’ve got to get the acidity high enough and process the jars long enough and then you’re safe. I double checked with the Utah State University Extension and they confirmed, so I’ve cut the sugar WAY back in my jam these past couple of years and have loved the results. The jam is a bit looser, of course, but it really tastes like fruit instead of sugar. I don’t think there’s a wrong way (except with the acid and the processing time), it’s just a matter of personal taste. The bottom line is that anything we make ourselves is ten times better than what we can buy at the store. Hooray for home canning! I love that you’re posting about it on your blog for everyone to see. I’ll just bet you’ve inspired people to give it a try who never would have considered it before.

      • Annalise says:

        Wow, thanks so much for the info! Very good to know. I’m definitely going to try dialing back the sugar next time.

  7. I’m so excited to can peaches this year! It’s tough to find enough uninterrupted time to can with a baby running (well, really, crawling) around, but I *will* make enough time to can some peaches, possibly some peach jam (and the addition of amaretto is inspired, yum), and definitely some applesauce. Love this time of year.

    • Annalise says:

      It really is hard to can with a baby! I totally understand. That’s why jam is so great, because it’s so hands-off once you get it going. Good luck with your canning!

  8. carrian says:

    You serioulsy take beautiful photos. This looks fantastic!

  9. I love almond with peaches. I’ve never made peach jam, but this look heavenly! I usually use all my peaches for cobbler before I can get around to canning them. ( I put almond extract in the cobbler. So yummy! )

  10. Wow, I love the thought of adding some amaretto into the peach jam! It sounds as though you guys had a marathon canning session.

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