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Stone Fruit Preserves

Photo: Becky Luigart Stayner
Hands-on time 10 mins
Total time 2 hrs, 26 mins
Yield

Makes about 3 cups

We made this delicious jam with peaches, but you can also substitute unpeeled plums or nectarines.

Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 cups peeled and diced peaches (about 2 1/2 lb.)*
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 (1.75-oz.) package powdered fruit pectin

How to Make It

  1. Stir together all ingredients in a 4-qt. microwave-safe glass bowl.

  2. Microwave at HIGH 8 minutes (mixture will boil). Stir mixture, and microwave at HIGH 8 to 10 minutes or until thickened. (You're going for the viscosity of pancake syrup here. The mixture will thicken to soft-set preserves after it cools and chills.) Cool mixture completely (about 2 hours). Serve immediately, or cover and chill preserves in an airtight container until ready to serve. Store in refrigerator up to 3 weeks.

  3. *Unpeeled plums or nectarines may be substituted.

  4. Nectarine-Ginger Preserves: Substitute unpeeled nectarines for peaches. Stir 1/3 cup minced crystallized ginger into nectarine mixture in Step Try It With: Sweet potato biscuits, blueberry pancakes, or praline ice cream.

  5. Balsamic-Plum Preserves: Substitute balsamic vinegar for lemon juice and unpeeled plums for peaches. Stir 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil into warm preserves. Try It With: Smoked turkey, pulled pork, fried green tomatoes, or warm baked brie.

  6. Peach-Pepper Preserves: Substitute fresh lime juice for lemon juice. Stir 1 minced jalapeño pepper and 1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped, into peach mixture in Step Try It With: Coconut fried shrimp, chicken quesadillas, or ham and fontina panini.

  7. Tomato-Peach Preserves: Reduce peaches to 2 1/4 cups. Stir 2 1/4 cups seeded and diced plum tomatoes into peach mixture in Step Increase second microwave time to 12 to 16 minutes or until thickened. Stir 1 1/2 tsp. minced fresh rosemary and 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper into warm preserves. Try It With: Goat cheese crostini, grilled flank steak, or turkey burgers.