Friday, July 8, 2011

peach jam ~and~ peach jelly

I was up to my elbows in peaches last night,
with some yummy results!

Have you noticed at the grocery,
that peaches are at their peak right now?
They were $0.98 a pound at my HEB grocery 
and then I found them the next day at my Wal-Mart for $0.67 a pound!
Between the two stores I purchased 6 pounds of peaches for $5.00.

What did 6 pounds of peaches make?
Well, first I peeled them, chopped them up
and made 14 jars of peach jam.

I used the recipe for peach jam
in my Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving.

But...I wasn't done after making the jam!
This is the coolest thing -
you can boil the peach peelings and pits
to make peach juice and then
turn that peach juice into peach jelly!

I used the directions I found here
and it worked like a charm!

10 jars of peach jelly!

Not bad for $5 worth of peaches and a few hours of work.

Are you wondering what exactly do you need to can jams and jellies?

First, you need a canner and rack.
I originally just bought a canning rack
thinking that if it didn't fit in my large pot, 
it would definitely fit in the largest stock pot
that I already had!

No!  Not big enough.  
I did use both of these pots during my jam making - 
the large stock pot to keep my jars hot
and my regular pot to make the jam in.
I returned the canning rack
and bought the canner and rack together as a set.

You also need your canning jars,
rims, and new lids.
(You have to use new lids every time, 
but the jars and rims/bands 
can be used over and over.)

I debated on buying this little set,
but ended up being so glad that I did.
It included a funnel that fits right in the jars, 
the jar tongs, 
a magnetic lid lifter (really handy!) 
and a combo bubble remover/head space ruler -
all priced less as a set than if bought individually.

And you need your ingredients for 
your chosen recipe.  
I needed peaches, lemons,


and pectin - liquid was called for in this recipe.

After I canned the jam,
all I needed for the jelly
was the peach peelings and pits,
more sugar, a bit of butter
 and some powdered pectin.

With six pounds of peaches I made
two batches of jam
and two batches of jelly.

That's plenty for our family for a year
with several leftover for gifts.

~yummy!  summertime in a jar!~


Kari said...

Your projects and photos inspire me! Would you mind sharing what kind of camera you use? Thanks! Kari

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Yummy :) :) The peach jam and jelly look so good in those jars. oh, I think whoever you gift them to, will be really, really happy :) :) I haven't tried canning....not yet, anyway :) :) Have a great weekend. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

Mrs. H. said...

Kari I use a Nikon D40. I've had it for almost 4 years and completely love it. :-)

Thank you Heather - you are always so sweet. You have a great weekend, too!

Beloved's Bride said...

Very Beautiful Pictures and I am sure all that jelly/jam will be yummy too!

Sonia said...

Oh, yummy! Very inspiring. I love to make jams and jellies and wanted to do blackberries this weekend. Perhaps I'll have to do peaches, too!

Little Home In The Country said...

Those look delicious! What a great tip to make jelly from the skins - I'm going to try that! :)

Ott, A said...

What beautiful pictures and a great write-up on how to can your jelly and jam. I wanted to invite you to our Canning Week Blog Party (Aug. 22-26). There will be a canning linky party with a guest judge, and canning related give-a-ways. It should be a lot of fun and I hope you will stop by and link up!!!

Anonymous said...

Inviting you the Carnival of Home Preserving on my blog today and every Friday. Hope to see you there. Laura Williams’ Musings

Heidi said...

Thank you very much for sharing this post. I will be using these recipes in a few months when my harvest comes in. I am so glad you shared this with us today.


Jani said...

This is a beautiful post. Thanks so much for inspiring me! I too use my ball book for lots of really good ideas and recipes for canning. I'm really just a beginner, but I love to can! I'll have to try this peach jelly idea. I'm excited!