I feel fortunate to have friends with really cool jobs.
My friend Carly takes the cake on cool jobs though. She’s a food scientist who studies peaches and is trying to find the optimal way to grow and store them so that we get the best possible version of every peach. You know how you can go to any grocery store and find a decent apple? She’s going to make it like that with peaches.
Since she started her research I’ve been on a peach kick. Peach kombucha? Sure. Peach sorbet? Of course. Peach pie? Obviously. But I kept finding myself at a bit of a loss for what I can make with them. I didn’t have an occasion for a pie or cobbler and I didn’t feel inspired to make peach cookies. All in a moment today I realized that peach jam was exactly the outlet I was looking for.
Making jam can be intimidating but it doesn’t have to be. We usually assume jam to be something that needs to be preserved and that will last months and months, but sometimes you want jam for a specific event or even just dessert that night. This recipe is great for those last minute moments when you want some jam but you don’t want to dedicate a day to it. It will last for about two weeks in a sealed container in the refrigerator and tastes great warm too.
- 6 peaches
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 tbsp vanilla
- 1/4-1/2 cup water
- 2-3 cinnamon sticks
- One – Cut your peaches into small chunks and place in a medium saucepan.
- Two – Add in sugar and 1/4 cup of water and turn the stove on to medium.
- Three – Keep mixing and mashing until peaches start to get soft and smooth. This will take roughly 30 minutes. If your mixture seems too dry add in another 1/4 cup of water. Some will prefer the mixture to be more smooth and others will prefer chunky. Keep watch for the texture that you want but at the least ensure that all remaining chunks are soft enough that you can cut them with a wooden spoon with ease.
- Four – Mix in the vanilla once your jam has reached the desired texture.
- Five – Let cool in saucepan for 15 minutes then transfer into desired containers. Add cinnamon sticks to container and leave in to enrich flavour.
- The smaller the peach chunks the quicker the mixing and softening process. I made the mistake of cutting my peaches into huge chunks the first time and was mixing for almost an hour.
- Taste your jam as you go to see if it needs anything else. You may need to add more sugar if your peaches aren’t too sweet.