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A few months ago I spent the day at my parents helping my mom make an easy peach jam. While it was suppose to be a girls day in the kitchen, the little man became demanding and it soon turned into an all out family event. Everyone took turns mashing and stirring, mom filled jars and dad was mastering the water bath to seal each jar. we had a blast and I remember it every time we open a new jar of jam from that day. I feel like as a Southern woman it’s a bit of a right of passage. Every good Southern woman should know how to make jam and the art of canning. Years ago, okay more like a decade ago I spent the day at the side of my future mother in law learning the details. Then life caught up with me and I didn’t do any canning on my own. After the serious refresher course from my mom, I was ready to hit the ground running.
I decided that peach jam is my favorite (strawberry is a close second), I love it on toast and biscuits, so why not add it to a mid day snack too. Wanting to put a non-breakfast spin on the recipe I changed it up to add a little Texas kick with jalapeno peppers. Topped on tasty Ritz® Crackers with a dollop of whipped cream cheese, this easy peach jalapeno jam is perfect as an afternoon treat or even a festive appetizer for entertaining. I’m thinking about adding it to my Cinco de Mayo menu next week.
- 3.50 lb. ripe peaches
- 1.50 c. sugar
- 1 small jalapeño pepper
- 2 lemons, zested
- 2 lemons, juiced
- 1 tsp. salt
- In colander, toss peaches and sugar until well mixed.
- Set over large bowl and let stand for 30 minutes, drain off excess juices.
- In large saucepan, bring peaches, jalapeño, lemon peel and juice, and salt to a boil.
- Adjust heat to simmer and cook for 30 minutes.
- Lightly mash fruit mixture.
- Pour into sterilized canning jars and jar properly or refrigerate for up to 3 months.
My local Wal-Mart hosted a fun event with Ritz® to kick off their #PutItOnARitz campaign. I had a chance to attend and try out a recipe from their menu of topper snacks. their menu looked so tasty, I had a hard time deciding which one to chose. I’m a big fan of dessert so that seemed like the obvious choice. Plus I really wanted to see how they would turn a cracker into a sweet treat. It was super tasty and I’m pretty sure that I’ll be making those at home soon too. While I was there I stocked up on crackers for my own creations.