It has recently come to my attention that on the Allman Brothers Band CD, “Eat a Peach” there is a great instrumental piece called “Mountain Jam”. It is 33.39 minutes long, which is about the time it takes to whip up a simple peach jam recipe, not counting the processing time! So with the music playing I got to jammin’ yesterday afternoon.
These very local peaches are another “foraged” fruit from my neighborhood.
Pomona’s Universal Pectin (what a great name)..works with low amounts of sweeteners. I like that very much. Other pectin products I have used always call for so much sugar that the taste of the fruit for jams & jellies is completely lost. With Pomona’s you can make a great batch of jam or jelly with 2 cups of sugar so you can still taste the wonderful ripe fruit flavors.
Last night I also made some peach ice cream with some of the peaches that did not end up jammed…It was a bit decadent with whole milk, buttermilk & heavy cream…1.5 cups each, some vanilla to taste, 1 cup of sugar & about 1.5 cups of the crushed peaches that were left over. This simple recipe and my 2 Qt electric ice cream freezer made it so easy…after all that jamming I was hot so I had Homemade Peach Ice Cream for dinner!