When summer rolls around my family like to make a bucket list of things to do. One of the things to do in the summer that we can’t do any other time is to enjoy truly fresh peaches. We only ever eat peaches when they’re in season (and tasty!) so we eat lots of them in the summer. That’s why we create so many peach recipes! This peach freezer jam is an easy way to store extra peaches when they are at their peak in freshness and taste.
What is Freezer Jam?
Freezer jam is not shelf stable because it isn’t canned. It is stored in the freezer (or refrigerator for a shorter length) instead of on a shelf. Freezer jam is an easy way to use up extra fruit without needing to get the canner out. You can make uncooked freezer jam or you can make a moderately cooked version like this recipe. Both will have a fresher taste than jam that is both cooked and then canned.
Is Jam Healthy?
Peach freezer jam and other fruit jams are healthy in moderation. Most jam recipes call for added sugar (we use only natural sugars) so they aren’t an everyday food. But homemade peach freezer jam is a better choice than many store-bought brands that include GMO sugar or corn syrup (and lots of it!). Homemade jam also tastes fresher and likely retains more of the fruit’s nutrients.
How to Use Peach Freezer Jam
This peach freezer jam certainly isn’t an everyday food, but for an occasional treat, it’s amazing. Here are some ideas for serving it:
- Spread on a gluten-free muffin or cracker
- Used as a filling in gluten-free cupcakes, cakes, donuts, etc.
- Mix into plain yogurt for a fun flavor and bit of sweetness
- Serve with brie or other cheese and gluten-free crackers
- Top pudding or panna cotta with a spoonful of peach freezer jam
- Spread on gluten-free waffles or pancakes
- Mix into a meat glaze or marinade
- Bacon and jam sandwiches (sweet and salty!)
Peach freezer jam can be added to just about any vessel and is a tasty way to enjoy peaches when the season is over.
Want More? Similar Recipes to Try
If you like peaches, try some of these fun recipes:
- 10-minute Peach Cobbler – A great way to use extra fresh peaches.
- Peach Lavender Iced Tea – Two of my favorite flavors. This iced tea is refreshing and perfect for a hot summer day.
- Peach Cucumber Salad – When you have an abundance of cucumbers and peaches, the obvious choice is to make this salad.
- Fruit Smoothie Sorbet – This recipe is a summer favorite. It’s cool and refreshing and uses up the abundance of fresh peaches we have in the summer.
Peach Freezer Jam Recipe
- 2 heaping cups of fresh peaches
- ½ cup maple syrup
- 2 TBSP lemon juice
- Use a pastry blender to coarsely mash the peaches.
- Transfer to a heavy saucepan.
- Heat over medium heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Add the maple syrup and continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture reaches 220°F or has thickened enough that a spoon drawn through the center does not immediately fill in. This will take 15-25 minutes.
- Remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice.
- Allow the jam to cool to room temperature. If it is too thick when cooled, add a little water.
- Freeze for up to 1 month.
Have you ever tried making freezer jam? What’s your favorite flavor?