Photo: Becky Luigart Stayner
Hands-on Time
10 Mins
Total Time
2 Hours 26 Mins
Makes about 3 cups

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

How to Make It

Step 1

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

Step 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.

Step 3

*Unpeeled plums or nectarines may be substituted.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

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Ratings & Reviews

GlenGerson's Review

July 19, 2013
Your recipe looks soooo tempting. But I have a question as to how many table spoon is 1 package of powdered pectin. The package of pectin I bought was from a bulk store, it's about 6 cups! So can someone please tell me how much one package of powdered fruit pectin equals in tablespoons.

Layla207's Review

September 01, 2011
SO easy and tasted wonderful. My peaches were more ripe so I added a few minutes to the cooking time. Everyone loved it! I'm about to make the recipe again and can some this time.