From apple butter and amazing jams to pickles and salsas you can extend Colorado’s Farmers’ Market season through the fall. Lauren Smith from Mountain Cupcakes, both vendors at the Vail Farmers’ Market, have offered up some great tips and recipes to use up the late season’s bounty. Here is a recipe for some sweet Colorado Peach Jam.
- 4 lbs ripe peaches, pealed and halved (approximately 6bs raw peaches)
- 3.5 cups sugar
- 4 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
- Large stock pot
- Food mill
The first step is to peel your peaches.
-Fill your stock pot with water and bring to a full boil
-Fill another large boil with cold water
-Add in a few peaches at a time and let boil for approximately 10 minutes
-Remove peaches with a ladle and transfer to the cold water, let sit for about 5 minutes
-The skin should peel off nice and easy leaving you with beautiful peeled peaches
-Repeat this process until you have gone through all of your peaches
-Pitt, half and set peaches aside
Second step is to soak you peaches over night
-Transfer all of your peeled and halved peaches to a large bowl or container
-Cover and refrigerate over night
Note: this can be done and set in your refrigerator for several days if you don’t have the time the following day.
Third step… let’s get to jamin’!
-Slowly transfer the contents of your bowl through a food mill. Make sure to get all that sugar that sitting on the bottom, you never know where peach pieces are hiding!
-Transfer contents to the stock pot
-Add the lemon juice
-Bring to a full bowl and skim as much of the “foam” off the top as possible (Note: the foam is really all the preservatives in your fruit, it looks pretty but not so good for you)
-Continue to boil, stirring frequently, until the jam reaches the desired consistency.
-The best way to test your consistency is the frozen spoon method: Have a handful of spoons in the freezer, add a bit of hot jam onto your frozen spoon. Put that jammy spoon back in the freezer until the bottom of the spoon has reaches room temperature (a minute or so). Tilt the spoon and watch the jam move like a tear drop.
Serve peach jam with your favorite baked goods!