From Farm to Jar: A Step-by-Step Guide to Canning Peach Jam

Peaches are a delicious fruit that are in season during the summer months. If you have an abundance of peaches from your farm or local market, canning them into peach jam is a great way to preserve their flavor and enjoy them all year round. Here is a step-by-step guide to canning peach jam.

Preparing the Peaches

The first step in making peach jam is preparing the peaches. Start by washing the peaches thoroughly under running water. Then, using a sharp knife, cut the peaches into small pieces, removing the pits and any damaged parts of the fruit.

Once your peaches are prepared, place them in a large pot with some sugar and lemon juice. Sugar helps to preserve the color and flavor of your fruit while lemon juice adds acidity that will help prevent spoilage.

Cooking and Canning

Next, bring your pot of peaches, sugar, and lemon juice to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir occasionally until you see bubbles forming on top of the mixture.

Continue cooking for about 20-25 minutes until your mixture has thickened and reached a gel-like consistency. Be sure to stir frequently during this process as it will prevent sticking and burning.

Once you have achieved your desired consistency, remove your pot from heat and let it cool for about 5 minutes before transferring it into sterilized canning jars. Use a ladle or funnel to fill each jar with peach jam leaving about half an inch of headspace at the top.

Sealing Your Jars

After filling each jar with peach jam, wipe off any excess jam from around the rim of each jar with a clean towel or paper towel. This will ensure that there is no residue left on the rim which could interfere with sealing.

Next, place sterilized lids and rings on your jars, tightening the rings just until they are snug. Be careful not to over-tighten as this can cause the lids to buckle and prevent sealing.

Finally, place your jars into a boiling water canner, ensuring that they are completely covered with water. Boil for about 10-15 minutes depending on altitude and jar size.

Storing Your Peach Jam

Once your jars have finished boiling, remove them from the canner and let them cool completely. You should hear a popping sound as each jar seals itself while cooling.

After cooling, check each jar by pressing down on the center of the lid. If it is firm and does not move, your jar is properly sealed. Label each jar with the date and store in a cool, dry place for up to one year.


Canning peach jam is an easy way to preserve peaches while retaining their flavor all year round. With this step-by-step guide, you can confidently make peach jam from farm to jar in no time.

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