Peach Jam made with Clear Jel
Another simple recipe for making a quick jam and using Clear Jel to thicken it.
- 4 cups diced peaches
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup Clear Jel
- 1/4 cup sugar + 1 cup
- 2 T. bottled lemon juice
In a stainless steel saucepan, combine diced peaches and 1/3 cup sugar. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes longer.
Add additional 1/3 cup of sugar and stir in for 5 minutes. With a spoon taste the mixture to see if it's sweet enough. Remember it will be hot so let it cool on the spoon for a minute. If you add more sugar only add in 1/4 cup increments.
Note: you are going to add 1/4 cup more sugar with the Clear Jel.
In a separate bowl add 1/4 cup of Clear Jel and 1/4 cup of sugar. Mix together the powders with a wire whisk.
Using your ladle scoop out about 1/4 cup of the hot liquid from the pot. You can instead use an additional 1/4 cup of water or other liquid if you want to add additional flavor.
Some suggestions would be apple juice, grape juice, or orange juice.
Use the whisk to completely stir the mixture until it looks smooth like milk.
Add 2T. of bottled lemon juice to the fruit in the pot and while stirring increase the heat under the pot to medium.
Filling the jars:
On a dishtowel place hot jars and ladle jam into hot jars to 1/4" headspace in the jar. Remove air bubbles and adjust head-space , if necessary, by adding more jam.
Wipe rim with clean cloth or paper-towel, center lid on jar, screw band down till resistance is met, then increase to fingertip-tight.
Make sure your rack is on the bottom of the canner and place the jars in the water bath making sure that the water covers each of the jars by 1 to 2 inches. Add hot water to the canner if it doesn't measure up.
Cover the pot and turn up the heat under the canner and wait for the water to start boiling. Once the water has come to a boil start your timer for 10 minutes.
When complete turn off the heat and remove the cover and let the jars sit for another few minutes.
Remove the jars and place them back on the dishtowel in a place that they will sit overnight to cool. Do not touch or move them till the next morning.