This peach freezer jam is only a few ingredients and one of the best ways to enjoy the flavor of peaches all year long. It’s delicious on warm bread, or rolls.
During peach season there are so many great ways to use up a box of juicy peaches, in addition to eating them straight away. Like making our peach cobbler egg rolls, or peach ice cream. But if you want to enjoy the flavor of peaches all year long, making peach jam is one of my favorite ways.
This peach freezer jam is the easiest way, and tastiest way to preserve your fresh peaches at their peak. It’s so good on your morning toast, an English muffin, or on top of a roll at dinner.
It’s also made with only 5 simple ingredients, and only about 30 minutes of work, so you can have homemade peach freezer jam in no time.
What is freezer jam?
Freezer jam is a jam that is made without cooking the jam, and with out processing the canned jam in a hot water bath. There are no special equipment items needed, all you need is a large bowl, a saucepan, some stirring utensils, and some freezer safe containers.
This is a quick overview of the ingredients you’ll need for this easy Peach Freezer Jam Recipe. Specific measurements and full recipe instructions are in the printable recipe card below.
- fresh peaches – peeled, and chopped
- granulated sugar
- lemon juice – I like to use fresh juiced lemons, but bottled lemon juice should work too.
- Sure Jell Fruit Pectin
How to make Peach Freezer Jam?
- Add the chopped peaches to a large bowl, adding the sugar 1 cup at a time, stirring it well, then adding another cup. This will help you dissolve the sugar better. You can mash the peach pieces with a potato masher if you want them to be smaller. Then stir in the lemon juice. Let the fruit rest for 10 minutes.
- In a small saucepan, add the water and pectin and bring it to a boil. Let it boil, while stirring constantly for 1 minute. Remove the pectin mixture from the heat.
- Pour the pectin into the peach mixture and stir them together for at least 3 minutes, or until the sugar is dissolved.
- Carefully pour jam into all your freezer safe containers. Seal the containers with their lids and let them sit at room temperature for 24 hours to set.
Tips and Tricks:
- Carefully measure your fruit and sugar with dry measuring cups to get the exact amount of prepared fruit and sugar. Too much or too little of either can throw off the recipe and will cause your jam to not set.
- Read our tips on how to peel peaches for the best quick and easy way to remove the peach skin for this jam.
- Do not use less sugar than the recipe calls for, and do not substitute for Splenda or another sugar substitute. This jam will only set up with the recipe as called for.
- Leave 1/2 inch of air space at the top of your containers as the jam will expand as it freezes.
- I like to use the smaller half-pint jars (8-ounce jars) to hold the jam to ensure we don’t waste any.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How to store peach jam?
This homemade freezer jam can be stored in the fridge for up to 1 month. Or in freezer safe containers in the freezer for up to 1 year. Let the jam thaw in the fridge overnight, then it will be ready to use straight from the fridge for the next month.
Do not re-freeze the jam after you have thawed it in the refrigerator.
How do I fix my jam if it didn’t set?
If your end up with too soft, or runny jam, don’t worry, we can still fix it! Maybe the peaches were extra ripe and juicy, or the sugar wasn’t dissolved enough.
You have to choices to fix it.
- Pour all the jam back into a large bowl. Cook another box of pectin with the 3/4 cup of water and add it back to the jam. Stir for at least 1 minute, or until the sugar is dissolved (if it wasn’t before). The extra pectin will help thicken the jam more.
- OR you can pour all your jam into a large pot or saucepan and heat it over medium heat. Bring it to a boil for a few minutes, then lower the temperature to simmer for another few minutes. This will evaporate extra moisture in the jam and help it to set.
What kind of peaches should I use?
And kind of peach should work for this jam, yellow, white, freestone, or not. I just recommend tasting the peaches to make sure they have a good flavor.
If your peaches are flavorless, or woody flavored your jam will taste the same way. So make sure you have sweet, delicious, ripe peaches so you have the best flavored jam.
Can I use frozen peaches?
You can use frozen peaches instead of fresh peaches to make this recipe. Chop up the peaches, and let them thaw, don’t drain out the extra juice, use it in the jam.
How should I use peach jam?
Homemade peach jam is versatile and delicious in a variety of ways, here are some of my favorites:
- With bread: the classic way to enjoy homemade jam, on a slice of warm bread or a piece of toast, on on some dinner rolls.
- On yogurt: Add a spoonful or two of peach jam to your vanilla yogurt (or plain Greek, if you like the flavor) and stir it together and enjoy for a burst of sweetness.
- Peanut Butter and Jam Sandwiches: Upgrade your pb & j’s by using homemade peach jam instead of something store bought.
- Over ice cream: Warm up a couple tablespoons of the jam and drizzle it over vanilla ice cream.
- On a cheese Platter: Serve the peach jam alongside a variety of cheese and crackers. It especially compliments a soft cheese like brie or cream cheese.
- Gifting: Put your jam in small 4 oz or 6 oz jars when you make it. Wrap the jars of jam up with a bow and gift them to your neighbors or friends, especially great as a holiday gift.
- Baked Good: Use this jam as a filling in the middle of your favorite cakes, cupcakes, or thumbprint cookies.
- As a marinade: Add the peach jam some soy sauce and garlic and use it as a glaze or marinade for your favorite grilled meats like chicken, or pork.
This delicious freezer jam is the perfect way to enjoy the sweet flavors of peaches all year long. Now roll up your sleeves and start preserving this delicious essence of summer in a jar!
More homemade jam recipes:
- Raspberry Blueberry Jam
- Jalapeno Jelly
- Strawberry Freezer Jam // Tastes Better from Scratch
- Apple Pie Jam // A Family Feast
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Peach Freezer Jam
- 3 cups finely diced peaches (pitted and peeled, about 2 lbs fully ripe peaches)
- 4 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 TBS fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 package Sure Jell Fruit Pectin (1.75 oz)
- Peel and pit the peaches. Finely chop them up. Measure out exactly 3 cups of diced peaches, and add them to a large bowl.
- Add one cup of sugar to the bowl and stir it well. Add additional sugar 1 cup at a time. Stir in the lemon juice. Let the peaches sit for 10 minutes,
- In a small sauce pan, add the water and fruit pectin. Bring the mixture to a rolling boil over medium high heat. Let it boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
- Pour the pectin into the fruit mixture and stir for 3 minutes. Set a timer, stir longer if needed until the sugar is dissolved.
- Pour the jam into the freezer safe containers, leaving 1/2 inch of space at the top.
- Wipe the rims of the jars clean and cover them with their lids.
- Let the containers sit at room temperature for 24 hours to set.
- Store the jam in the fridge for up to 4 weeks, or freeze for up to 1 year.