Peaches are one of the highlights of summer eating. Homemade peach preserves is the perfect way to enjoy the taste and sweet aroma of summer peaches all year long. Select the most fragrant peaches so that the preserves is packed with summer peaches scent. Do not throw away the bruised, overripe, not-so-great, ugly, undersized peaches. Keep the good part of a peach and cut away the bruised portion or watery part of the fruit; just carve out the very inedible parts of the fruit. The spoiled, brown, and bruised parts of fruit should be discarded; they can dramatically alter the taste and flavor of the preserves. Make this peach preserves using a mixture of the best parts of ripe, overripe, bruised, not-so-great, ugly, undersized peaches. This way you reduce food waste! You can also add to this preserves the good parts of your bruised, overripe, not-so-great, ugly, undersized nectarines and apricots, after cutting away the watery patches and bruised portions.
Jars sterilization and filling process
You should make sure that your jars are clean to maintain the freshness of the peach preserves. Sterilize your jars by washing them (and their lids) thoroughly in hot soapy water. Rinse them well. Heat oven to 100°C (212°F). Place the jars and their lids on a baking sheet and put them in the oven for 20'. Using a funnel, ladle the peach preserves into the hot jars, filling to just below the rim. It is important that the preserves is still hot when filling the jars. Cover with a lid. Immediately flip the jar upside down. Leave to cool completely. When cool it creates a suction that pulls the lid down. When you open the lid, you can hear a pop. The jam can be stored for up to 1 year (it will be long gone before that!) in a cool dry place. Refrigerate after opening.
Agar-agar is derived from red seaweed. It is a vegan and vegetarian substitute for gelatin, that helps thicken foods.
This is a simple and easy recipe for beginners. Bear in mind that you need to allow the sugar to dissolve over a medium-low heat by just scooping the melting sugar over the sugar that hasn't melted yet. Do not boil the melted sugar because you do not want to caramelize the brown sugar, you aim to just turn sugar into liquid. Be careful because the sugar will begin to caramelize quickly once it melts. When the sugar starts turning into liquid, turn the heat down to slow the process down and then, add the fruit.