Ok, I’ll admit it. I make a lot of fancy jam. Jameson Ginger Peach, Sour Cherry Lime Rickey and Apricot Pimentón to name a few. So I’m not surprised when I get requests for “plain” jam from friends and family. Dad asked for “just strawberry” for father’s day. Though it may not be kicked up with other flavors, there’s still something great about “plain” old strawberry jam – especially when it’s made with first of the season local strawberries. I might have snuck some limoncello in Dad’s “just strawberry jam” though – don’t tell.
Jon’s grandmother is turning 90 this weekend, and the whole family is down in Florida to celebrate with her. 90 is a special milestone, and Peggy is a particularly special lady. She is full of fantastic stories and wont hesitate to share her wisdom even if she’s meeting you for the first time. Mariachi players always compete for her attention at our local Mexican restaurant. She is the only 90-year-old I know that will beat your pants off at Dr. Mario on Super Nintendo. And then ask you why you set your level so low. She will also unapologetically kick your ass at cards – and we love her for it.
We couldn’t make it down to Florida this time, but we did send some homemade jam in our stead. “Plain Peach” as requested. Happy Birthday Peggy – sending you lots of love from Connecticut.
Peach Jam for Peggy
4 cups peaches
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon low sugar pectin
Juice & zest of one lemon
Combine mashed peaches and sugar over medium heat. Skim off any foam, cooking for approximately 25 minutes. Stir frequently so it doesn’t burn When it reaches your desired consistency, add the pectin and cook for 5 more minutes at a rolling boil. Ladle into hot jars, top with hot wet lids and process for 10 minutes.