Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Peachy Keen

I'm kind of a spazz when it comes to visiting the farmer's market. I usually go with a few things in mind, like a recipe I want to try or a certain seller I want to see, but then I get there and get distracted like a toddler and start touching and smelling everything and get dizzy and forget what I originally wanted. I guess it's not really a bad thing, unless you end up coming home with almost 10 pounds of peaches and 3 gourmet pickles. Yeah. That was the bounty E and I came home with this week. We couldn't carry anything else.

So, what does one do with that many peaches? Even the farmer guys wanted to know. One asked if I was making a pie. Yeah dude, I'm making a 10 pound peach pie! Going for the record! Which, by the way, is apparently held by someone in South Carolina, while the World's Largest Peach Cobbler was made in Georgia. No surprises there. But no, no pies here, and no cobblers, either. I decided to can most of them and use the rest to make jam. Last year I made Caramel Spiced Jam with my peaches, which was part of pretty much everyone in the family's Christmas gifts, but I wanted to try something different. This new jam came out so stupid delicious, I don't think I'm giving it to anyone. Make your own.

Ginger Peach Jam
6 cups peeled, chopped peaches (about 9-10 peaches, depending on size)
3 cups sugar
2 inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced into large chunks
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 tsp. nutmeg

4-6 8 oz. jars with lids
large, heavy bottomed pot
Pressure Canner, or another large pot
Potato masher, immersion blender, or food processor

Add all ingredients to a large pot and stir over medium high heat. Bring to a rolling boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Mash peaches using a potato masher or immersion blender (Don't have one? You can use a food processor. Just remove jam from the heat and use a slotted spoon to transfer peach chunks to the food processor. Pulse a few times and return to the pot.). Continue cooking and stirring for 5 more minutes until jam thickens*. Remove ginger and cinnamon sticks. Pour immediately into hot, sterilized jars.

Wipe the rims of jars with a clean towel and twist lids on tightly. Place jars in the second pot or your canner. Pour in hot water to cover jars by an inch or two. Boil for 5 minutes, remove jars and let sit at room temperature. Listen for the little pling sound as each lid pops. If any of the lids didn't seal, just put them in the fridge and eat before the month is up!

*Testing jam: If you've never made jam, you'll want to test it before pouring it into jars. Just pop a plate into the freezer before you start. Once it looks thick, place a teaspoon of jam on the plate and freeze for 2 minutes. If the jam has thickened and doesn't run down the plate, you're good to go. If it is runny, cook for 3 more minutes and then test again.

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girlichef said...

"This new jam came out so stupid delicious, I don't think I'm giving it to anyone. Make your own." LMFAO!!! Omg, this sounds really, really fantastic!! Some years ago I made an apricot-ginger jam that I loved, but I'm thinking this must taste even better...just a slather??? So glad you joined in Two for Tuesdays this week =)

Joanna said...

I had enough for another half jar, and I swear, I keep eating it by the spoonful! You really need to make some!

giz said...

I can't tell you how happy I am that you posted this recipe. I picked up a jar of pear ginger jam at the market and absolutely loved it. I have to make this now.
BTW - you're not the only one who gets glazed over at the market and ends up with things just because they get you excited. :)

Umm Mymoonah said...

Although i'm not a big fan of ginger with jam, yours looks delicious. Love to have with my morning toast.

Curlicue a.k.a. Kathy, KD, Kate and my favorite, Miss Kat said...

The ginger sells me on it!

Butterpoweredbike said...

You are totally cracking me up. I get distracted by beautiful food, too :) Do you have a link for the caramel spiced peach jam? I've got a big old peach tree in the backyard... Thank you for linking up with Two for Tuesday.

Joanna said...

I added the Spiced Caramel Peach Jam recipe to Bakespace. It's now linked in my recipe sidebar, so you can print it out there!

Christy said...

You can have a list at a conventional store BUT NOT at a farmers market! Too many amazing things!
I am a jam lover and I KNOW I would love this. Thanks for linking this to Two for Tuesdays.

the clark clan said...

Hi Jojo! Welcome to the two for tuesday recipe blog hop! I grabbed your tweets and am following your blog! I so need to get me a pressure canner! I still do water canning, but this seems so much easier! I also ADORE peach preserves on turkey and chicken so your jam would get a lot of use in my house! :) Alex@amoderatelife

Joanne said...

Canning is definitely the way to go. If I were you, I wouldn't give any of this away!

Amy A.K.A. "The Mrs." said...

oh, that does look yummy.

I'm with ya! If I make something good, I'll keep it and make everyone else fend for themselves. :) LOL

I've never made jam before. I wonder if I could make some that turned out "stupid delicious" too.

Joanna said...

Alex, I don't actually have a pressure canner either. I used a big pot of water for this jam! It's still pretty easy!