Aunt Patsi's Easy Peach Jam


I got this recipe from my great-aunt and tried it the first time on some fresh summer peaches. It was super easy and super yummy. It also works with frozen fruit. Store in a cool, dark place.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
32 mins
Additional Time:
12 hrs
Total Time:
12 hrs 52 mins
5 12-ounce jars


  • 2 ½ pounds fresh peaches

  • 5 cups white sugar

  • 3 (3 ounce) packages peach gelatin

  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

  • ½ teaspoon almond extract


  1. Heat five 12-ounce jars in simmering water until ready for use. Wash lids and rings in warm soapy water.

  2. Fill a large pot with water; bring to a boil. Add peaches; cook until skin loosens, about 20 seconds. Drain and cool until easily handled. Peel, pit, and cut the peaches into chunks.

  3. Measure out 5 cups of peach chunks into the pot. Mash with a potato masher. Add sugar, peach gelatin, lemon juice, and almond extract; mix well. Bring to a rolling boil and cook jam for 1 minute. Remove from heat.

  4. Pack jam into hot jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of the top. Wipe rims with a clean, damp cloth. Top with lids and screw on rings.

  5. Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot and fill halfway with water. Bring to a boil and lower in jars using a holder, placing them 2 inches apart. Pour in more boiling water to cover the jars by at least 1 inch. Bring the water to a rolling boil, cover the pot, and process for 10 minutes.

  6. Remove the jars from the stockpot and place onto a cloth-covered or wood surface, several inches apart, until cool, about 12 hours. Press the top of each lid with a finger, ensuring that lid does not move up or down and seal is tight.

Cook's Note:

Use Splenda(R) and sugar-free gelatin for a lighter version.

Substitute 1 1/2 cup peaches and 1 package peach gelatin with 1 1/2 cup raspberries and 1 package raspberry gelatin for a different flavor experience.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

84 Calories
21g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 60
Calories 84
% Daily Value *
Sodium 16mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 6mg 31%
Calcium 2mg 0%
Potassium 5mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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