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Peach Freezer Jam {Low-Sugar Peach Jam}

An incredibly fresh tasting jam, this Peach Freezer Jam is beyond simple to make. Just four ingredients and 20 minutes, and you’ll have a low-sugar peach jam made by your very own hands. This no-cook and no-can peach jam recipe is perfect for beginners or for anyone without canning equipment.

a jar of peach freezer jam on a cutting board with mint and fresh peaches

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Careful observers might think I have an addiction to making freezer jam. To those people, I say – YOU DON’T KNOW MY LIFE!

Yeah, yeah, I have a lot of freezer jam recipes. This Strawberry Freezer Jam Recipe is our family’s favorite, but we also love the No Cook Raspberry Freezer Jam. And July and August bring wild blackberries to Seattle, and that means batches of Blackberry Freezer Jam.

And now? Peach freezer jam!

If you prefer shelf-stable jam, try your hand at Low-Sugar Strawberry Jam which is an actual canning recipe. It’s still incredibly easy but you’ll need some canning equipment (related: Canning Supplies Equipment List).

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN JAM AND FREEZER JAM?

In a nutshell, freezer jam involves zero cooking or actual canning skills. No canning supplies are needed. Based on the name, you’ll note it needs to be stored in the fridge or freezer; it is not shelf-stable and therefore it is perishable!

But more than being simple to make, freezer jam is incredibly fresh tasting and the colors are brighter and more vibrant because the mixture is not cooked. Blackberry freezer jam is pure sunshine in a jar.

It takes about 15 minutes as opposed to hours. This is the lazy person’s jam.

Can You Make Jam Using Frozen Fruit?

The answer is a big “Yes”! You’ll need to drain at least half of the excess liquid that happens during the thawing process.

One of the benefits of using storebought frozen fruit is that it is picked at the peak of freshness which means it was frozen with as many nutrients as possible.

Ready to freeze them yourself? Check out this post on how to freeze peaches for all the tips and tricks.

What Ingredients Are in Peach Freezer Jam?

  • Peaches! (or say it like Oprah and shout “peeeeeeeeaaaaaches” with your arms in the air. It’s fun)
  • Sugar
  • Freezer jam pectin
  • Lemon juice (not mandatory but it helps keep the peach color fresh and bright)

Whether or not you want to remove the skin from the peaches ahead of time is totally up to you. I do because I find it protects the integrity of the color of the jam (aka, nothing gets funky up in here).

If you find yourself in the amazing position of having leftover peaches, try your hand at Canning Peaches using this step by step tutorial.

CAN I USE LESS SUGAR IN FREEZER JAM?

Yes, but my recipe already calls for significantly less sugar than the pectin company recommends. If you plan to lower the sugar even more, please note the consistency of the final product will be impacted.

CAN I USE ALTERNATE SWEETENERS IN FREEZER JAM?

Yes. If you want to replace the sugar with an alternative sweetener, you can. For Splenda you would want to use a 1:1 ratio, so 1 cup of sugar would be 1 cup of Splenda.

To replace with Stevia, you would use 1 tsp of powder or liquid concentrate to 1 cup of sugar. Please note, without the “bulk” of the sugar, your freezer jam is very likely to be much runnier if using Stevia.

CAN I USE OTHER PECTINS TO MAKE FREEZER JAM?

Yes, but you’ll likely need to cook the pectin with sugar and some liquid prior to adding it to the fruit. You will also need to allow the jam to sit out at room temperature for 12 hours before it is considered ready.

Freezer jam pectin is designed for the recipe I am outlining below and takes all the guesswork out of the process.

The good news is the freezer jam pectin is pretty easy to track down. You can find the Mrs.Wages brand online, and Ball also sells some online or at most stores that carry canning supplies (feed stores, small independent hardware stores, Target, and Wal-Mart). I have used both brands and both work great.

Do You Need to Sterilize Jars For Freezer Jam?

Nope! They don’t need to be sterilized like the jars you might use for canning, but you do obviously want to use clean containers.

peach freezer jam with sliced peaches and mint

WHAT CONTAINERS TO USE FOR FREEZER JAM?

They do sell special plastic containers for freezer jam, but I also just use 8 oz glass jam jars that I already have. You could technically use any container that will survive the freezer. Use what you have on hand.

You can also check out my canning supplies list for the best resources for affordable canning jars.

If you don’t go through jam very quickly, try the 4 oz jars. They are perfect for this recipe and so many other little homemade snacks.

How to Make Peach Freezer Jam:

*A detailed and printable recipe card is available at the bottom of this post.

Use a paring knife and cut the peach around the middle to separate. Remove the pit. If you have peaches that are cling peaches (the peach won’t easily separate), you can cut them using the tutorial in this post on how to cut a peach in 15 seconds.

Add one layer of peaches at a time to a pot of boiling water for about 60 seconds. Once you can see the skin starting to come away from the flesh, it’s time to take them out.

Remove using a slotted spoon and place in an ice bath for 1 minute. 

Use the slotted spoon to remove the peaches from the ice bath. Grab one of the peaches and gently peel the skin back.

Use a food processor, or blender to chop the peaches. I find the best texture is a mix of mostly puree with some chunks of peach mixed in. It really comes down to your preference.

Two photos of peaches in a food processor

In a mixing bowl, combine peaches, sugar, freezer jam pectin, and lemon juice. Mix with a large spoon for three minutes.

sugar and pectin in a bowl with peaches

Pour into your preferred containers, put the lids on, and allow them to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Then freeze!

jars being filled with peach freezer jam

Try a dollop of your homemade peach jam on these amazing Banana Bran Muffins from Hey Nutrition Lady.

How Long Does Freezer Jam Last?

Peach freezer jam is good for three weeks in the fridge or 9-12 months in the freezer.

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes:

  • If you’re using glass jars, make sure you leave 1/2 inch of headspace when filling the jars. Headspace is the space between the top of the food and the top of the jar. You need to give the jam a bit of room to expand in the freezer.
  • You’ll find freezer jam a bit runnier than a traditional jam. The fresh, bright flavor will win you over and you’ll likely find “normal” jam sickeningly sweet after enjoying your own homemade jam.

three jars of freezer jam

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Peach Freezer Jam {Low-Sugar Peach Jam}

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time15 mins
An incredibly fresh tasting jam, this Peach Freezer Jam is beyond simple to make. This low-sugar peach jam recipe is perfect for beginners or for anyone without canning equipment.

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups peaches* chopped or mostly pureed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup freezer pectin
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

Instructions

  • Use a paring knife and cut the peach around the middle to separate. Remove the pit. If you have peaches that are cling peaches (the peach won't easily separate), you can cut them using the tutorial in this post on how to cut a peach in 15 seconds.
  • Add one layer of peaches at a time to a pot of boiling water for about 60 seconds. Once you can see the skin starting to come away from the flesh, it’s time to take them out.
  • Remove using a slotted spoon and place in an ice bath for 1 minute. 
  • Use the slotted spoon to remove the peaches from the ice bath. Grab one of the peaches and gently peel the skin back.
  • Use a food processor, or blender to chop the peaches. I find the best texture is a mix of mostly puree with some chunks of peach mixed in. It really comes down to your preference.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine 3 1/2 cup of peaches, 1 cup sugar, 1/3 cup freezer jam pectin, and 2 tbsp lemon juice. Mix with a large spoon for three minutes.
  • Pour into your preferred containers, put the lids on, and allow them to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Then freeze!

Notes

*You need 3 1/2 cups of pureed peaches for this recipe. Depending on the size of your peaches, it may take 3-4 large peaches to yield 3 1/2 cups of puree.
Peach freezer jam is good for three weeks in the fridge or 9-12 months in the freezer.
 
A previous version of this recipe called for 1/4 cup of freezer jam pectin. After testing various brands of pectin, I found that some resulted in a runnier jam when using 1/4 cup.
Nutrition Facts
Peach Freezer Jam {Low-Sugar Peach Jam}
Amount Per Serving (1 tbsp)
Calories 16 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 16mg0%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 25IU1%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 1mg0%
Iron 0mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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4 comments on “Peach Freezer Jam {Low-Sugar Peach Jam}”

  1. Recipe notes that an “old” version called for 1/4 cup freezer pectin and that it produced a thinner product. The author failed, however, to revise the amount of pectin needed in the “improved” recipe. It still calls for 1/4 cup.

    • Thanks for catching that! It’s been updated now.

      • It still says 1/4 cup of pectin in the recipe instructions #6.

        The jam is absolutely delicious but, even with 1/3 cup of pectin, I find it runny.

      • Thanks, D, I’ll update that.

        Did you buy the pectin this year? I have seen reports in canning groups (where the cool people hang out), and have experienced it myself that some freezer jam pectin that came out this year is just not setting up the same. Like I said, I experienced it myself with a batch of strawberry freezer jam; using my own recipe that I’ve been making with no issue for 10+ years.

        If you want to email me at sarah@sustainablecooks.com, we can talk pectin issues about what you might have purchased.