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Canning Peach Jam, tried low sugar.

August 22, 2010

Last week was a slow week for canning. Peach Jam was it.  We went to  our usual peach orchard and picked 2 boxes of peaches.  She told us they only got probably 1/4 of a crop this year.    I’ve heard many other reports of bad crops.

Peaches for peach jam

These peaches were turned into 19 pints of peach jam.  I did regular peach jam not spiced.  And I experimented with my last load.  I did 8 half pints of the same peach jam recipe except….  I cut the sugar in half.

I then had 2 sons do a taste test.  I asked them to taste and tell me which they liked better.  I let them know that they were different but did not tell them what the difference was.

The more sugar jam won for both boys.  BUT they both agreed that both jams were delicious.   Soooo I may just be looking at lowering the sugar content in more peach jam. The less sugar variety was thicker and chunkier.  Not a problem here!

I’ll have to wait until the main man comes home and have him taste test… cause you know he is the one who really counts!

Final tally this week

Canning

19 pints peach jam

8 half pints – lower sugar peach jam

Freezing –

15 ears corn on the cob

Dehydrating

A large bunch of basil.

And…. drum roll…. we picked our first 2 tomatoes of the season!  Woo Hoo.  (well we actually have had a few cherry tomatoes but they don’t count)

First Fresh Tomatoes from the tomato garden

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 24, 2010 7:01 am

    Hi Sharon!
    I just found your lovely blog this morning after first having visited your Simply Canning site–which is great, too! Compared to you, I am a novice canner having only canned a few batches of jam over the last several years. It is a lot of fun and very rewarding, so I am trying to do more this season. I’m interested in creating a recipe or two of my own, so I started doing some homework on that subject and voila! Found your site. Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks for the info on Simply Canning and I’m looking forward to following your weekly canning journey!

    Congratulations on your first tomatoes of the season. That’s always a huge milestone, isn’t it? Enjoy! 😀

    • August 30, 2010 2:44 pm

      Hi Christine so glad you found me. You know I started out just doing jams and some tomatoes…. before I knew it I had the bug and now I can every year more and more.

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