Specialty Produce's stone fruit is coming in quickly, and I was so lucky to get a some beautiful peaches to use for jam before I left for the East Coast. If you haven't made jam before, it's simple, and a great way to make some gifts for later in the year. If you can follow directions, you can make jam. The most labor intensive part is peeling the peaches (a serrated peeler is great for this) and then chopping them for the jam.
Bring a large canning pot filled with water to a boil. I don't have one, so I use a pasta pentola and it works great. Wash the jars, lids and rings in hot water and dry thoroughly.
Add one box of pectin, and bring to a rolling boil in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Boil for 1 minute.
Add 5 cups of sugar (if you decide to do a low sugar or freezer jam, follow the directions on the pectin package)
Bring the jam back to a boil, and boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, ladle into sterilized jars,
funnel from Progressive, is perfect for ladling into the jars. Leave about 1/2-inch of space in the jar for expansion. Place the lids on top and lightly twist on the ring (don't tighten all the way) Using tongs, place into the boiling water bath.
I'm on the East Coast helping to babysit our granddaughter, so I'll post as I have time. Wishing you a great day from Connecticut.