We’ve kept this recipe a little behind the scenes, but as we were recently given all those delicious white peaches, we chose to make some jam. It is easy to keep for later use and homemade jam is a great way to preserve fruits while in season.
Do you know the difference between jam, jelly and marmalade? It all tastes great but there are significant variants when it comes to identifying these dishes. Jam is made with whole fruits, while the base for jelly is fruit juice and marmalades are made with whole citrus fruits including the rind.
Another interesting fact is that the concentration of the sugar for jam or marmalade is 50% up to 75% per kilo of fruit! You can always choose to make it less sweet, but the jam will be more liquid.
Those of you who are used to making jam, might be surprised to see that we are not using pectin in our recipe. Adding pectin to jam or jelly means it will spread thickly. It affects the gelling of the ingredients and without it your product will be thinner in consistency.
White peach Jam
- 1 kg white peach skinless wedges
- 500 gr white sugar
- 100 ml water
- 1 tbsp dried jasmine flowers
- 2 tbsp jasmine tea
- 1 lemon juice and zest
- Make a syrup by dissolving the sugar in the water in a large pot over a high heat. Cook the sugar syrup and check with a thermometer that reaches 110˚C.
- Add the white peach wedges, the jasmine tea, the lemon juice and zest to the syrup.
- Bring to the boil and stir regularly with a spatula. Skim off any impurities that come onto the surface while cooking.
- Cook the jam until the thermometer shows 105˚C.
- Spoon the cooked jam into jars, seal the lid and place them upside down to cool down.
- The lemon is ascorbic acid (vitamin C) which stops the oxidation of the fruit. The acidic pH of citric acid makes it useful as a preservative. Lemon also contains a natural pectin which helps to jellify the mixture.
- Make sure to use very clean glass jars and lids. Soak them in boiling water for a minute and place them upside down on a wire rack.