Spice >> Peaches

August 09, 2004

Sunday we made our second batch of peach jam. The first batch was pretty good. These peaches were from a different grower. They were thin and juicy - I blame the recent Biblical torrents of rain - and so we decided to make peach spice jam instead of just plain peach.

Now I know.

3 pounds 4 pounds of watery peaches with soft spots makes 4 cups of peeled, pitted, chopped peaches. If you combine these with:
4 clove berries (the soft ball at the top of the stick)
8 allspice berries, crushed
20 grates of nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cinammon
3 tbsp fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1/2 tbspn walnut oil (the new batch is tasteless and boring, wah)
1 packet pectin

bring to a boil add
5 1/2 cups of sugar

and make it into jam.

Well, what you get tastes like spice cake, not like peach jam. The spices are absolutely overwhelming.

I am just glad I resisted the urge to add powdered ginger and just a pinch of mustard, otherwise I would have made liquid gingerbread.

I am not sure if this is one to give away or one to use as an ingredient in other food - the spice might actually work in the middle of a jelly roll.

Posted by Red Ted at August 9, 2004 11:18 AM | TrackBack

What you have there is very nearly a good looking peach chutney. Boil it again with more lemon juice, and eat it as a condiment with cold meat, cheese, etc.

Posted by: chris at August 10, 2004 11:04 AM

Good suggestion. This morning I had a little of it on toast, then ate the rest of the toast nekkid because it was better that way.

Posted by: Ted K at August 10, 2004 11:56 AM
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