Easy Small Batch Refrigerator Spiced Peach Jam

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Refrigerator Peach Jam is a late summer standby. And this recipe couldn’t be simpler. It’s a simple, sweet preserve with a hint of cinnamon. A small-batch, one-jar-at-a-time recipe I love to pull out when the peaches are ripe. It’s a perfect summer treat I make often.
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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. RELATED: Summer Peach Cobbler 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 this jam on my favorite wheat toast. Or… an evening on the patio with a spoonful on top of vanilla ice cream!

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Small Batch Refrigerator Spiced Peach Jam

Small Batch Refrigerator Spiced Peach Jam

Yield: 1 to 2 half pint jars
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

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.


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


  1. To a large saucepan add sliced peaches, sugar, water, and 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. About 20-30 minutes. During this process, I like to use a potato masher to further break down the peaches. The back of a spoon works well too.
  3. Ladle jam into glass refrigerator containers. The jam will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  4. Makes 1-2 half pint jars.

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  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

    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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