Easy Peach Jam

Make this Easy Peach Jam with only 3 simple ingredients!  No pectin or canning required!

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It’s almost peach season!  If peaches don’t scream summer I don’t know what does. We love peach anything.  Peach CrispPeach PiePeach Pancakes, and especially Peach Jam. I made this jam last summer and it was surprisingly so easy! It’s great too, because you don’t have to go through all the trouble of canning, you can just make this batch and keep the jam in your fridge.  My kind of jam!

This on my list of things to make this year, so I’m bringing out of the archives! You should try it!  You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to make, and how delish it is!

Easy Peach Jam

Simple.  Gorgeous.  Scrumptious!

Easy Peach Jam
 

Great as a gift!

 

Easy Peach Jam

Enjoy!

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Easy Peach Jam


  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: About 2 cups 1x

Description

Make this Easy Peach Jam with only 3 simple ingredients!  No pectin or canning required!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs fresh ripe peaches (about 8)
  • 2 tsp lemon zest (optional)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups white sugar

Instructions

First, you will need to blanch your peaches. This is the easiest way to remove the skins.

  1. Put your peaches into a pot of boiling water, for 1 minute. No longer.
  2. Then remove from the boiling water, and immediately put them into a cold water bath, for 1 minute. No longer. Do not soak them.
  3. The skins should just peel off.
  4. Peel off the skins.

Making the Jam

  1. Then remove the pits, and slice up the peaches.
  2. Place peach slices, lemon zest and lemon juice into a heavy bottomed large pot, over medium-low heat.
  3. Cook for about 15 minutes, until the peaches are soft, and the juices are released.
  4. As the peaches soften, stir frequently, and use your spoon or a potato masher to break them down.
  5. At this point, add your sugar, and stir until dissolved.
  6. On medium-high heat, bring the mixture to a boil, cook for 5 minutes, stirring continuously.
  7. After the 5 minutes, reduce the heat to low-medium (don’t boil the jam, just slow cooking), for another 40-60 minutes. (Note, this is an adjustment that I made. The jam needed more time to thicken.) You will know that the jam is ready when the mixture is thick enough to leave a trail behind the spoon (a little trick from Martha Stewart).
  8. Remove from heat, and let cool completely before serving.

Notes

Tip! Use ripe peaches. Not over ripe, but soft and ready to eat. The skins come off a lot easier.

(Adapted from Sweet As Sugar Cookies)

 

Here’s a Visual How-To:

 

 How to Blanch Peaches
  • First, you will need to blanch your peaches.  This is the easiest way to remove the skins.
  • Put your peaches into a pot of boiling water, for 1 minute.  No longer.
  • Then remove from the boiling water, and immediately put them into a cold water bath, for 1 minute.  No longer.  Do not soak them.
  • The skins should just peel off.
How to Blanch Peaches
  • Peel off the skins.
  • Then remove the pits, and slice up the peaches.

 

Easy Peach Jam
  • Place peach slices, lemon zest and lemon juice into a heavy bottomed large pot, over medium-low heat.
  • Cook for about 15 minutes, until the peaches are soft, and the juices are released.
  • As the peaches soften, stir frequently, and use your spoon or a potato masher to break them down.

 

Easy Peach Jam
  • At this point, add your sugar, and stir until dissolved.
  • On medium-high heat, bring the mixture to a boil, cook for 5 minutes, stirring continuously.
  • After the 5 minutes, reduce the heat to low-medium (don’t boil the jam, just slow cooking), for another 40-60 minutes.  (Note, this is an adjustment that I made.  The jam needed more time to thicken.)
  • Remove from heat, and let cool completely before serving.

 

Easy Peach Jam

 

Serve on toast, or ice cream!  So, amazingly delish!

Have a delicious day!

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82 Comments

  • Reply
    Lindsay @ Delighted Momma
    June 28, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Oh this looks so good-and easy! Win win 🙂 Homemade jam is the absolute best. Great pictures too Jo-Anna!

  • Reply
    Courtenay@Creek Line House
    June 28, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Yum! Farmer’s Market, here I come! Oh, goodness that rhymes…

    • Reply
      Helen Robertson
      September 2, 2019 at 10:38 AM

      Hi. Was very easy to do. Instructions were easy. Enjoyed it. Will make again.

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    Tara
    June 28, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Thanks for the recipes. My husband was shipped some Georgia peaches for his birthday. They area ripening faster than he can eat them. Now I know what to do with them!

  • Reply
    Tara
    June 28, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Thanks for the recipes. My husband was shipped some Georgia peaches for his birthday. They area ripening faster than he can eat them. Now I know what to do with them!

  • Reply
    Allie
    June 28, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    This looks delicious, and so easy to make! Beautiful pictures!

  • Reply
    Charlotte
    June 28, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Just wanted to stop by and say Hello. I may not comment on each post, but I am reading them. Stay cool! Don’t forget the peach ice cream!

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      A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
      July 4, 2012 at 3:40 AM

      Thank you Charlotte! I’m so very happy you read along, and so glad you left a comment – I appreciate them so much!
      Have a great day!
      Jo-Anna

      • Reply
        lydia
        August 17, 2019 at 6:52 PM

        Can’t wait to try this! Question: How long will the jam last for – and should I store it in the fridge or cabinet? Thanks!

        • Reply
          Jo-Anna Rooney
          August 20, 2019 at 1:56 AM

          Hi Lydia! The jam should last for a couple of weeks as long as you keep it in the fridge.

    • Reply
      Valerie
      June 27, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      Hi Charlotte,
      Years ago I had a really successful recipe for microwave jelly. It made small batches (less than 2 quarts if I remember and cannot be doubled) but there was no stirring over a hot pot when it’s 100+ degrees here in Sacramento. Unfortunately I’ve lost it. Do you know of this? It was originally from Sunset but they’re not as responsive as they once were

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    J.Costa
    June 28, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    looks delicious Ana and great pics too !

  • Reply
    thistlewoodfarm
    June 30, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    That looks absolutely amazing! But what I am in awe of is your photography! You have a wonderful eye!

    blessings,
    karianne

  • Reply
    Jenn
    July 2, 2012 at 2:39 AM

    This does sound pretty easy. I wonder if I could do this same process with apricots? I like that it only makes a small amount – perfect for only two people!!!

    • Reply
      Jo-Anna
      September 13, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      I would definitely try this with apricots! I bet it would be fantastic…now I’m thinking I’m going to have to make some! 😉

  • Reply
    Ali Richardson
    July 3, 2012 at 2:31 AM

    Yum!!!
    Dumb question…what’s a “heavy bottom” pan??

    • Reply
      Jo-Anna
      September 13, 2013 at 3:37 PM

      Not dumb at all! I really just should have said a regular sauce pan! tee hee

      • Reply
        Maddy
        March 31, 2018 at 12:10 AM

        Just tried your recipe and it’s lovely. I had to make a slight variation as I had too little fruit for the whole amount, and a little too much for half – my fruit to sugar ratio is a bit higher. I had some on a scone with cream and it’s very good.

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      Maddy
      March 31, 2018 at 12:05 AM

      A heavy bottom pan is one with a thick bottom, not the cheap aluminium or steel ones where the bottom is no thicker than the sides of the pan. My pots are steel, but the bottom is a sandwich of steel, copper and aluminium. You get better heat control and you can simmer more easily. If you tried this recipe in a thin metal pan, it would burn.

  • Reply
    Liz
    July 11, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    How long do you think this jam would be good for? I can’t wait to try it! 🙂

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    jnicholsonsides
    July 28, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    My mom gave me about 40 peaches, so I made this recipe and am very happy about the way it turned out, for one, I couldn’t find an easy peach jam recipe in another very commercial website and for two this truly was easy.

    The only thing that I did differently was to add 1 cup of sugar, I found the jam to be very sweet and another cup would propably have ruined, so taste before you add both cups of sugar.

    Thanks so much!

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    Myriel
    August 1, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Wow I always was afraid to make jam but with this Easy Jam recipe I know I can do it!!
    Thanks Jo-Anna

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    Jessica
    August 9, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Just made this today. Thanks for the recipe. I think my neighbors are going to be too!

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    Diane
    September 13, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    I’m just wondering if you can freeze this peach jam?
    I want to make the recipe today. Thanks

    • Reply
      Jo-Anna
      September 13, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      Hi Diane!
      I’ve never frozen this jam before, but I don’t see why you couldn’t. If you do, let me know how it turns out!

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    Donna
    May 11, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    You are my new hero.. I am trying to learn better ways to eat fresh and your ez jam recipes are just what I was looking for. A thousand thank yous…Any tips for using peppers?

    • Reply
      Jo-Anna@APrettyLife
      May 13, 2014 at 4:45 PM

      Thank you so much Donna! I love easy jam recipes too – the less ingredients and time it takes to make them, the better! And peppers…I don’t have any recipes yet, but now you’ve got me thinking! 🙂

  • Reply
    stephanie
    August 18, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    How long will this jam keep … I’m assuming it goes in clean jars but isn’t procesed any further

    • Reply
      Jo-Anna@APrettyLife
      August 19, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      I just keep it in the fridge for a couple of weeks or so, but most of the time it doesn’t last that long because we eat it up so fast! And yes, I just put it into clean jars for the fridge! 🙂

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        Michael
        March 16, 2019 at 1:09 AM

        Can you use nectarines

        • Reply
          Jo-Anna Rooney
          March 18, 2019 at 6:16 PM

          Hi Michael! I’m not really sure as I’ve never cooked with nectarines before. If you try this, let me know how it turns out!

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    Jessica
    August 13, 2016 at 3:27 PM

    How many jars does this typically yield?

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    Vilma
    August 19, 2016 at 7:20 PM

    Can you do this recipe with strawberries and blueberries???

  • Reply
    Sharon Samuels
    August 12, 2017 at 5:54 PM

    I made the peach jam today. It it’s so easy to make. It smells absolutely delicious. I am impatiently waiting for it to cool so I can indulge. Thank you so much for sharing

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    Katie
    September 18, 2017 at 9:41 PM

    Would it keep if I was to then finish a canning process with this recipe.

  • Reply
    Gail Fitzpatrick
    September 21, 2017 at 11:13 AM

    My first time @ making jam. Do you not use pectin?

    • Reply
      Jo-Anna@APrettyLife
      September 22, 2017 at 11:14 AM

      Hi Gail! For this recipe you don’t need pectin. The sugar and peaches cooked together make a nice jam without it!

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    Betty Livengood
    March 21, 2018 at 4:08 PM

    How many points does this make. I love any easy recipe that I don’t need pectin. But I do can my jams or preserves. Your recipe looks really simple. Can not wait to use because I have a lot of peaches, figs and pears frozen to can.

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    Sharon R.
    June 19, 2018 at 2:00 PM

    I made this peach jam recipe today and I love it! My first time to make any kind of jam/jelly/preserves and they turned out perfect!! Thank you for the recipe!!!

  • Reply
    Beth
    August 6, 2018 at 11:02 AM

    One I put this in a jar how long will it stay good for? Refrigerated or pantry?

    • Reply
      Jo-Anna Rooney
      August 12, 2018 at 11:41 AM

      Hi Beth! It can stay in the fridge for up to 3 weeks! Enjoy!

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    RAE ANN CASWELL
    August 6, 2018 at 2:36 PM

    Would you purée this at any point? My kids don’t like the pieces in the jam. If you did, at what point would you do it?

    • Reply
      Jo-Anna Rooney
      August 12, 2018 at 11:40 AM

      Hi Rae Ann! You could puree it at any point once the mixture becomes broken down…once it’s pureed, continue to cook it until it becomes like jam. Enjoy!

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    Yvonne
    August 9, 2018 at 12:41 PM

    Used up some rapidly ripening peaches today with this recipe. It’s currently simmering on the stove, with a sprinkle of cinnamon and some chopped candied ginger, only because I can never make anything without tweaking it slightly. It smells heavenly! Thanks.

    • Reply
      Jo-Anna Rooney
      August 12, 2018 at 11:56 AM

      Oh what a delicious twist adding the ginger! I’m going to try that next time!

  • Reply
    Susan DeElena
    August 31, 2018 at 9:22 AM

    How much does this make? Thank you!

    • Reply
      Jo-Anna Rooney
      September 1, 2018 at 3:06 PM

      Hi Susan! This recipe will make about 2 cups of jam. Enjoy!

      • Reply
        Susan
        September 7, 2018 at 8:41 AM

        Thank you! For some reason my phone wasn’t showing how much it made. I am making this right now! So far looks great although its been cooking for over an hour and it hasn’t thickened.

        • Reply
          Jo-Anna Rooney
          September 7, 2018 at 4:55 PM

          Hi Susan! Sorry I didn’t see this comment before the second one…maybe you need more sugar? I hope it turned out!

      • Reply
        Susan
        September 7, 2018 at 8:57 AM

        I live at a high altitude (above 5,000 feet) wil that make a difference?

        • Reply
          Jo-Anna Rooney
          September 7, 2018 at 4:52 PM

          Hi Susan! I’m not sure…if anything it could take less time to turn the the consistency of jam. Just watch it carefully! Good luck!

          • Susan DeElena
            September 12, 2018 at 12:05 PM

            Thank you for your help Jo-Anna! Just needed longer cook time. It turned out beautifully and was my first time making jam! Made plum using your recipe as well and gave both away as gifts!

  • Reply
    Derek Nason
    September 22, 2018 at 7:01 PM

    Thanks for the recipe! Turned out great!

  • Reply
    Kate Luginbill
    October 7, 2018 at 10:19 AM

    Hi Jo-Anna. I am making this jam to can this morning. Once the jam is in the jars do I place them in a water bath or just let them rest until they all seal themselves?

    • Reply
      Jo-Anna Rooney
      October 7, 2018 at 11:50 AM

      Hi Kate! Because it’s a small batch recipe, I don’t usually seal my jars for this particular jam…we usually eat ours up in less that 2 weeks. If you want to can it, and you want the jars to seal, you will definitely have to place them in a water bath.

  • Reply
    Rachel
    March 3, 2019 at 11:42 AM

    Hello, I was wondering if frozen peaches could work for this either frozen or thawed. Or is it best to wait for this year’s harvest to try

    • Reply
      Jo-Anna Rooney
      March 3, 2019 at 8:23 PM

      Hi Rachel! I think frozen peaches (thawed) would work great for this jam recipe! If you find that the jam is not ‘jamming’ up after quite some time, just add a little more sugar to it, but I think it should be just fine!

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    Glen
    May 29, 2019 at 8:56 PM

    I’ve made this with peach and apricots. I add 2 or 3 tablespoons of fresh crushed pineapple to each cup. To me it makes the jams flavor intensify.

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    Hannah Lewis
    July 2, 2019 at 2:37 PM

    I just made this and it was SO delicious and easy! Can’t wait to eat it all week 🙂

    • Reply
      Jo-Anna Rooney
      July 4, 2019 at 7:15 PM

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it Hannah! It’s so easy and delicious!

  • Reply
    Beth
    July 15, 2019 at 10:37 PM

    Trying recipe this out tonight…
    Not the best time to be making peach jam but I’m heading off to Europe soon for three weeks and my peaches are ripe and perfect right now! I don’t know what else to do because I don’t want them to just get eaten by other people that I give them away to. I wanna be able to enjoy them when I get back so I’m making this now! Wish me luck! Pictures will follow…

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    Kim Nichols
    July 25, 2019 at 7:27 AM

    Hello! Can this recipe be doubled to make a larger batch? Thanks!

  • Reply
    Samantha
    August 2, 2019 at 8:30 PM

    This is amazing and easy… I used only 1 1/2 cups of sugar as my home is full of diabetics and my peaches were very ripe and extra sweet to begin with… Passed this recipe on to my cousin with 4 boys and will likely make again if I get extra peaches again.

    • Reply
      Jo-Anna Rooney
      August 5, 2019 at 8:35 PM

      I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe Samantha! It’s a favourite here too…so easy and delicious!

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    Becky
    August 10, 2019 at 12:54 PM

    I’m not sure my peach preserve is going to set up enough. I did read the microwave recipe and it says to microwave in small time increments until it is a thicker consistency. I think I might microwave mine. Maybe i won’t. I haven’t decided yet, but I am going to try the microwave method next. It tastes delicious no matter the consistency.

    Thank u for this recipe.

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    Kim Nichols
    August 13, 2019 at 6:58 AM

    Hi! I am having trouble with my jam thickening. I tripled the receipe and let it cook an hour. I only used one lemon because that is all i had. Do you have any suggestions on how i can giet to thicken now?

    • Reply
      Jo-Anna Rooney
      August 13, 2019 at 8:56 AM

      Hi Kim! That is strange…I would try adding more sugar to thicken it.

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    anthony
    September 7, 2019 at 4:16 PM

    Hi , Joanna. Great recipe. I am making my second batch!

    • Reply
      Jo-Anna Rooney
      September 9, 2019 at 10:19 AM

      Hi Anthony! I’m so happy you enjoyed it!

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