We kinda have a fruit glut.
I think we'll live, though.
I'll probably have nightmares about peaches and blueberries and some sort of alien from Dr Who. I heart Dr. Who. I wonder if they've done peach and blueberry aliens on Dr. Who. Maybe I should write and suggest it.
Or maybe I should just stick to jam.
I'd read on Food in Jars about a strawberry vanilla jam recipe, but I don't have strawberries and I'm still on that what-new-exciting-thing-can-I-do-with-peach-jam kick.
And I thought that peach vanilla jam sounded kinda good.
Actually, it sounded really good. Really, really good.
Have I told you how much I love vanilla? I'm sure I have. I love vanilla. Really love vanilla.
So I made some Peach Vanilla Jam:
|Mashing the peaches and vanilla during cooking|
1 Cup water
4 Cups peaches, cut up
3 Tablespoons Ball pectin [or 1 pkg]
2 vanilla beans
2 Cups sugar
Put the water and peaches and pectin in a heavy pot and start cooking.
Cut the vanilla beans lengthwise and scrape out the seeds with a spoon. [Just open up the bean, hold it over the pot, start anywhere and scrape, scrape, scrape.] That's the stuff in the pic that looks like pepper.
It's not pepper, it's vanilla bean seeds. They smell great. My hands still smell good. I heart vanilla.
Cook and mash until you get the consistency you want. When you're done mashing, stir frequently until you reach a hard boil. Hold the hard boil for 1 minute.
Ladle into jars. Makes two and a half pints. Process for canning. [Pints and jelly jars 10 minutes].
Notes: Notice that in the pic, some of the jars are pink. That's because I was kind of weirded out by the black specs in the yellow jam in the first couple of jars.
Since I had an abundance, [an abundance! I tell you], of blueberries, I threw 8 blueberries into the jam at the last minute just for the color. I didn't want blueberry flavor, just the color.
And I like that color! A lot! And it hides the black specs. I'd do it again.
Raspberries would have worked, too. Next time I might try them instead. [Update: I tried blackberries, but they broke apart and didn't color as well. Stick with blueberries.]