There is a town on I-65 in my state that is famous for its peaches. So famous, in fact, that the water tower of this small town is a huge peach! The name of the town is Clanton, Alabama and if you live north of there and you’ve ever been to the beach via I-65, you’ve been right by it!
It’s a real treat to stop there in the summer. There are a couple of places to buy peaches, peach ice cream, and well, just about anything ‘peachy’! Our favorites are Durbin Farms and ‘Peach Park’. “And our stops there go back a realllly long way! My mom and dad began the tradition each year when we made our annual family trek down to Florida. They would stop and buy not a couple of baskets, but a couple of bushel boxes full of peaches.
When we got to the condo, the peaches would be sorted according to ripeness and, if they were ready, washed. Mother loved to slice them up, add fruit fresh to them and store them in the frig, ready to be scooped out at a whim. She always brought her own large container to refrigerate them in. And we all enjoyed them – for breakfast, as an afternoon snack, or over ice cream in the evenings – anytime!
What better way to enjoy fresh peachy goodness than to preserve it for any time of year? This yummy Peach Freezer Jam is really more like preserves, with juicy bits of peaches swimming in the peachy syrup. So grab a basketful of fresh peaches before they’re gone and whip up some Peach Freezer Jam!
Sondra Lyn’s Peach Freezer Jam
- 3-1/2 cups peaches, peeled and chopped
- 1-1/3 cups granulated sugar
- Juice of 1 lemon (or 2 Tbsp)
- 6 Tbsp. instant pectin
- Wash and dry thoroughly 5 half-pint freezer jars.
- Select approx. 2-1/2 pounds of ripened peaches. Pit, peel and chop them into small pieces. You can mash with a potato masher, if more of a puree is desired.
- Add lemon juice into peaches and stir.
- In separate bowl, whisk sugar and pectin together. Add peaches and stir thoroughly, about 3 minutes.
- Ladle into clean freezer jars, leaving at least ½ inch space at top for expansion when frozen.
- Let stand at room temperature for 1-3 hours before freezing. Can be frozen for up to 1 year. Will keep thawed in frig for 3-4 weeks.