Faith was a wonderful teacher, and I was thrilled that every jar sealed. The funny thing was when we were debating whether or not to make one more batch of jam at the end of the night, I told Faith that I would never use half of the jam we made, that 15 jars of jam was way more than I needed so we should only make the last batch if she wanted more than 15 jars. She looked at me and said, "None of this jam is for me. This is all for you. I've already made 45 jars."
And that's the kind of friend Faith is, one who would buy half the ingredients and slave away making jam for hours and expect you to keep all the results of her hard work. It is really good jam, but I don't know what I'll do with 36 jars. I guess you all kow what you'll be getting for Christmas!
Here's the recipe from Faith. It tastes kind of like fresh cherries, but their are no cherries in it.
Blushing Peach Jam
This is an awesome jam worthy of gift giving. The flavor combination is delicious and the color is so pretty - this is on my annual list of must-do's. Makes approximately eight 8 oz. jars.
3 generous cups of fresh, finely chopped peaches
10 oz. bag frozen raspberries (or about 1½ cups fresh, crushed)
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
4½ cups granulated sugar
1 box powdered fruit pectin
1 tablespoon butter, optional (helps prevent foaming in the cooking process)
1 teaspoon almond extract
Prep: Skip this step if you are making freezer jam, but if you are planning to make sealed jam jars; place glass jars, seals and lids into a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil (this sterilizes and heats the jars hot enough to help seal the jam).
- Combine peaches, raspberries, lemon juice and pectin in a large, heavy stock pot.
- Mix well and bring to a boil.
- Add sugar and butter. Stir continually until mixture returns to a full, rolling boil.
- Boil hard for 1 minute.
- Remove from heat and add the almond extract and stir well again.
- For freezer jam, portion into Tupperware containers and place in refrigerator for 12 to 24 hours and then freeze.
- For sealed jars, pour into clean, hot, sterile jars. Add seals and lids and process in boiling water bath for 10 minutes OR process using the inversion method (once lids and seals are tightly in place, turn jars over, lid side down, for 5 minutes and then turn right side up. Jam is sealed when the seal “bubble” in lid is concave, often noted with a little “pop” sound). If jam is not sealed within 24 hours using this inversion method, refrigerate and use immediately or process as freezer jam.