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Easy Small Batch Refrigerator Spiced Peach Jam

Small Batch Refrigerator Spiced Peach Jam is a late summer standby. And this old fashioned peach jam recipe couldn’t be simpler. This quick peach preserve recipe makes a simple, sweet jam with a hint of cinnamon. It’s a small-batch, one jar at a time recipe I love to pull out when the peaches are ripe!

Silver spoon scooping peach jam out of a jar on a white background surrounded with fresh cut peaches.

If you’re looking for the perfect Refrigerator Spiced Peach Jam recipe to get the most out of peach season, you’ve come to the right place!

Where I live, peaches mark summer’s passage. When August arrives, I begin combing our farmers’ market for fresh peaches from the orchards east of the Cascade mountains. Depending on the year, I can count on this beautiful and wonderfully delicious fruit arriving mid-month. On good years, it will continue through the first of September.

Peach Cobblers are a must. Peach ice cream as well. And my husband wouldn’t let the season pass without asking for his all-time favorite dessert, peach pie. But this Small Batch Refrigerator Spiced Peach Jam is just as coveted.

Mornings become sweetly delicious with a dollop of this jam on my favorite wheat toast. Or… an evening on the patio with a spoonful on top of vanilla or blueberry ice cream!

Frequently Asked Questions

How does jam making without using pectin or jam sugar work?

As this is a quick jam you’ll be keeping in the fridge and therefore not shelf stable, you don’t need the sort of set you’ll get from adding pectin. Peaches also contain some of their own pectin, which will help things along.

Can I use this recipe to make shelf stable jam?

I’d not recommend it, but that is a beauty of a small batch recipe – it will still be good in the fridge by the time you’ve finished the jar (not that it lasts long in my house!)

Can I make this without the cinnamon?

Yes, but I like the gentle warmth the cinnamon adds to the jam. If you don’t have any cinnamon sticks, you can always add a pinch of cinnamon at the end to get that flavor.

Can I leave out the butter to make this jam vegan-friendly?

Of course, but you’ll want to be extra diligent about skimming the foam off the top of your jam as it boils!

Do I need to sterilise my jam jar?

I’d recommend it, without a sterilised jar I’d only keep the jam in the fridge for up to a week, rather than for up to four. It always pays to be cautious with food safety!

Jar of small batch peach jam on a white background with fresh sliced peaches.

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Small Batch Refrigerator Spiced Peach Jam


  • Author: Stephanie Wilson
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 1 to 2 half pint jars 1x
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Description

Refrigerator Peach Jam is a late summer standby. It’s a simple, sweet preserve with a hint of cinnamon. A small-batch, one jar at a time recipe I love.


Ingredients

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  • 1 and 1/2 lbs peaches, peeled and sliced (3 to 4 large peaches)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4-inch cinnamon stick (1)
  • 1 teaspoon butter

Instructions

  1. To a large saucepan add sliced peaches, sugar, water, and the cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil; add butter and reduce heat to medium.
  2. Continue to simmer the peaches on medium to medium-high heat, removing foam from the surface as needed until the peaches are soft, most of the liquid has evaporated and the jam has thickened – this should take about 20-30 minutes.
  3. Ladle jam into glass refrigerator containers. The jam will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

I like to use a potato masher to further break down the peaches while they are simmering. The back of a spoon works well too.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Condiments
  • Method: Preserving
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: refrigerator peach jam, peach jam, refrigerator jam, peach preserves

21 Comments

  1. Love this recipe. You said you were in TV. Were you a newscaster for a station in Colorado Springs once? You look just like a girl that was on there. I plan to use Stevia instead of sugar. Do you think it will work? Ginger Becker

    1. I’m so happy you like it, Ginger! It’s really good. I’ve had several readers tell me it worked just fine with Stevia, although I’ve not used that ingredient myself. I would love to hear how it works out!

      All of my TV work was done out of the Northwest, but I’ve visited Colorado Springs many times. You live in a beautiful area! It’s kind of fun having a twin somewhere.

  2. What is the approximate weight of the fresh peaches? I prefer this method rather than 2-3 large, since the sizes can differ with each variety. Thank you!

    1. That’s a great question, Dawn. Thank you. I’ve updated the recipe to more clear. You will want 1 and 1/2 pounds peaches, which is about 3 to 4 large peaches.

    1. Hi Cynthia! The cinnamon stick does not dissolve – just adds delicious flavor. I do remove the stick when the jam finishes cooking.

  3. My jam hardened in my fridge set to 40 degrees. Did I overcook the jam? I have a gas range and have to adjust cooking times the best that I can.

    – Mike

    1. Hi Mike. I’m so sorry that happened! Unfortunately, it can occur when the jam is overcooked. I also have a gas range and have to also watch it carefully, adjusting the temperature down to keep it at a gentle simmer.
      I often will put two to three spoons in the freezer prior to making it and gel test the preserves at least twice in the process. The first time, before I think it has gelled just to see how far it has to go.

      This can also happen by using underripe fruit.

      1. For my gas range I reduced the simmer time to 15 minutes and moved to the smallest burner size. The jam turned out great. Thank you for the recipe!

        1. You made my day! I’m so glad it worked for you — I’m actually making another batch this weekend too. Can’t let those peaches go to waste!

  4. My hubby LOVES jam. Me I’m not particularly crazy over sweet things but you said THE word Spiced CINNAMON. IM Actually excited to be giving this a try. Maybe I’ll even keep this as one of those little neighbourly gifts come Christmas time.

    Thank you so much for the inspiration
    Blessings
    Diana

    1. Hi Diana! I have a hubby who loves sweet things and jam too! I think this jam would be a perfect homemade gift during Christmas. It’s so easy to make and on biscuits… it’s amazing. It doesn’t seem to last very long at my house. I hope you love it as do we. While it is sweet, I think the cinnamon balances it deliciously!

    1. Hi Erin — Yes! I have doubled it many times when I wanted to keep one and give one away. Making more tomorrow myself. So fun to have it for September!

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