I’ve come to realize that sweet peaches are the best summer fruit ever- especially when used for homemade Peach Freezer Jam.
When I made my Homemade Blueberry Jam back in 2013, I waxed poetically about how much I adored Peach Jam. So it only made sense that Peach Freezer Jam made its debut here on RecipeGirl later that same summer. This recipe has been so popular, so I’m featuring it again now in the summer of 2020 with a how-to video included this time!
Peach jam is the most delicious flavor of jam on the planet if you ask me. It goes well with peanut butter and bread, it’s fantastic on English muffins, and it even spoons nicely on vanilla ice cream. I guess you have to love peaches to adore peach jam. And I most definitely do!
How to make Peach Freezer Jam:
Your peaches must be peeled in order to make peach jam. Don’t even bother grabbing a knife and trying to cut the peel off (you’ll waste a ton of peach flesh that way). Use the boiling method (seen step-by-step here: How to Peel Peaches)- it’s super easy to do, and it’s so much easier than trying to figure out how to cleanly get all of that fuzz off of the peaches! About 5 to 6 peaches are sliced and roughly pureed in a food processor. You really do need a food processor for this one.
A small amount of white grape juice (or apple) is boiled with no-sugar-needed pectin. Then the peaches are added with sugar (just a cup, less if you want) and a little cinnamon. Everything gets hard boiled for a few minutes.
The peach mixture won’t look like jam quite yet. Pour it into glass jars while it’s nice and hot.
You should be able to fill five 8-ounce jars (my sister actually uses the little Glad containers without any problems too) with this recipe for peach freezer jam. This is the kind of jam that is FREEZER JAM (it’s stored in the freezer). If you’re looking for instructions on how to can the jam and stick it on the shelf, I’m not your girl. I’m not schooled on canning practices (yet!)
Place the lids on top and then let them sit at room temp for several hours until the jam is no longer warm (it will begin to thicken and set). Stick them in the freezer and take them out to use when the mood for peach jam strikes. Won’t it be fun in the middle of winter if you want some fresh peach jam and you can just take it out of your freezer to enjoy?? I’m excited about that.
How long can you store peach freezer jam:
Peach freezer jam will stay perfectly wonderful in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. And it will be safe stored in the freezer for up to one year.
Keep one jar out now to play with. Make a peanut butter and peach jam sandwich, or spread some of that delicious peach jam on a biscuit or a bagel. Or you might just decide to take a spoon to it (I won’t tell).
Look for peaches on sale now, and make some of this peach jam to enjoy later!
Here are a few more recipes using peaches that you might like to try:
- Peach Upside Down Cake
- Pork with Peach Sauce
- Fresh Peach Scones
- Peach Pie Filling
- Peach Cobbler
- Fresh Peach Pie
- Peach Dump Cake
- White Peach Sangria
Peach Freezer Jam
- ¾ cup unsweetened white grape or apple juice
- One 1.75-ounce package no-sugar-needed fruit pectin (or 3 tablespoons from a jar)
- 5 to 6 medium peaches, peeled, diced and coarsely pureed in the food processor (3 cups of puree)
- 1 cup granulated white sugar
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Five 8-ounce freezer-safe glass jelly jars and lids, cleaned and dried
- Heat the juice in a medium saucepan at medium-high heat until it comes to a boil. Whisk in the pectin. Continue to whisk until dissolved. Keep at a hard boil for 1 minute. Stir in 3 cups of peach puree, sugar and cinnamon. Bring back to a boil and keep at a rolling boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Transfer the mixture to a measuring cup with a spout for pouring (it will be very liquidy). Divide the hot mixture between the 5 jars, leaving 1/2-inch room at the top of each jar (room for expansion during the freezing process). Place the tops on the jars and let them sit at room temperature until they are completely cooled off (12 to 24 hours). Put one jar in your refrigerator to use now, and put the rest in your freezer to use later!
- *See this post: How to Peel Peaches (the easy way)
- *My sister says she uses the little disposable Glad plastic containers without any trouble, just in case you don't wish to go out and purchase special jars for this recipe!
- *Keep a single, opened jar in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. Jars may be kept frozen for up to 1 year.
Thank you for this freezer recipe i dont can either lol
Bummed! Recipe called for 3 Tablespoons of pectin. After adding it I see on my pectin box that it recommends 2 teaspoons for the amount of peaches. It’s gross and super gummy 🙁
I’m not sure what happened- shouldn’t be gummy!
Can you make this spicy by adding jalapenos?
That sounds like a neat idea- but I haven’t tried it!
When I pureed the Peaches I had quiet a bit of juice. Do I count this in my 3 cups of Peaches, or do I drain the juice, and only measure the solid parts?? I’m really new at making freezer jam, so your input is highly appreciated!!
Thank you for your advice,
3 cups of the puree (peach and juice) is fine.
I love peaches! Having recently bought 2 boxes at a fruit stand in Central Washington, I’m feverishly working to get them baked into things or frozen by the slice before they get too ripe. Canning scares the pants off me so I am so happy to have found this easy recipe. Thanks!
I made this recently and used the juice from the fresh peaches. After I did the hot water bath, cool bath, peeled they sat in a bowl for about an hour. I used the juice in place of the apple juice.
can i use a diet sugar in place of sugar? i am a diabetic.
Probably, but I haven’t tried it.
I made this recipe for the first time this summer. Actually, the first time I have ever made jam of any
kind. This one is fool proof and absolutely fabulous! Where I live we get really good peaches so I am
so happy to be able to make this jam to enjoy the fresh fruit taste in the winter. Thanks so much!
can you use other fruit instead of peaches or do you have other recipes for like grape strawberry etc
I haven’t tried any other fruit with this particular recipe, but I do have a different recipe for blueberry: https://www.recipegirl.com/2013/07/18/blueberry-refrigerator-jam/
Can I use different fruit using the same recipe
I would think it would work well with any kind of stone fruit– haven’t tried it with berries.
Peaches are my absolute favorite fruit! I actually doubled this recipe. I bought 8 large peaches and ended up with 6-cups of puréed peaches. Along with the cinnamon, I also added cardamom. Doubling this recipe yielded 3; 24-oz jars of jam. I can’t believe how great it came out! I am thrilled to be able to store it in the freezer and have it over the next year!!
I am thinking how great this will be in some toaster hand pastries. Can’t wait to try that. Thanks so much for posting this recipe Lori!!
That all sounds delicious. Now I want to make this jam again!
I can’t wait to make this! One question though…do you put both the ring & the lid on the jam is still hot? Or just the lid & the ring later once it’s cooled? Thanks for your help!
You can put both on while hot, and then let them sit at room temperature until they’re completely cooled.
I just realized after making this recipe for the past few summers that I never took the time to thank you for posting it! This is one of the best jams I now make, thanks to you and this post! My friends start chomping at the bit in late June: “um, when will the peach jam be ready?” because they all love it! And tomorrow’s my day to buy fresh local peaches and Sunday will be ‘Jam Day’! So, a bzillion thanks for this awesome recipe! And thanks for making me look good with all my friends and family! 🙂
Excellent- so happy to hear. I’ve been wanting to do another freezer jam recipe, so perhaps strawberry or blueberry or something like that!
I tried your recipe today using frozen, peeled peaches (fresh peaches this time of year in Minnesota are hard as a rock). I just put the frozen in my food processor and chopped them pretty fine. Ended up warming them a bit in a saucepan to soften them (to get a more accurate measurement 3 cups of purée). Worked out well and tasted great! I’ll definitely try fresh peaches this summer, but the frozen were a great alternative!
This peach freezer jam is amazing! I did not have the sugarless sure gel so I used the regular which required tweaking and a lucky guess the first time out. I added 4 cups of sugar to the peaches and when I added them to the pectin/grape juice and brought it to a boil, I only boiled the mixture for 1 -1 1/2 minutes. I was afraid 5 would turn it into hard tack. It was perfect. I skimmed the foam, and put it into jelly jars, let it cool completely and placed in the freezer beside my strawberry freezer jam. I have never tasted better peach jam in my life!
Thank you for sharing your success!
I have a complaint. You say these will last in the freezer for one year. I made a batch last week, and all the jars are gone already! 😉 I love the cinnamon in this recipe. We’ve been mixing a little with homemade vanilla yogurt and it is dreamy. I’ve made 3 batches so far.
Can you use frozen peaches?
I have not tried making this jam with frozen peaches. My thought is… if you have access to fresh and juicy peaches this summer, you should use those!
I have been making freezer jams for years. They are so tasty and so easy. But your fruit has to have enough acid to make it set, just like traditional cooked jams. So if your peaches are a low acid variety or white flesh you probably should add some kind of acid, like lemon juice, orange juice or even pineapple juice. As far as using other fruits there are recipes for several different kinds of jams and jellies, freezer and cooked n the box of pectin. Strawberry and Apricot are two of my favorites besides peach.
just made this with both sugar and some with Splenda it’s yummy only I just couldn’t get the whole boiling and peeling the peaches I still had to knife peel them but I’ll try again thanks
I am in complete love with your recipe thank you!!! I have never made any sort of jam before and was a bit nervous about attempting it. I made an impulse purchase of some last of the crop peaches and they needed something done to them. And now I have 10 containers of peach freezer jam sitting on my counter. Its delicious and so easy thank you so much!!!
Can you substitute honey for the sugar? If so, is it a 1:1 substitution? Thanks!
I’m not sure of how to sub honey for sugar in jam recipes. Maybe try Google to see if you can get an answer for that one?
I make freezer jam a lot! I find the pint mason jars are the best. I’ve had quart mason jars break when frozen.
I don’t use white sugar either. I don’t like gaggy sweet jam. I use honey or raw sugar blends instead. Could also use date sugar, maple syrup, stuff with more minerals and nutrition. Just a thought. 😀
This was my favorite jam my grandmother use to make, I never put it in the fridge, taste just as good out of the freezer!!! Thought it would be harder than this, soo awesome!! My question is, do u use very ripe peaches or still hard peaches?
Just slightly soft. Hard peaches may not work well.
Hi, I just finished making this over the weekend and it turned out wonderful, everyone loves it!!! I will definitely be making more soon while I can still find fresh peaches, but I was wondering- do you think other kinds could be made using the same recipe but just switching the fruit? My husband really wanted me to try other fruits, such as strawberry. Thanks!
I’m not sure- I haven’t tried it with other fruits yet.
Just made this jam it is so easy and yummy!
I used freezer plastic containers. They were
$2.50 for 8 at Walmart. Thanks mom for the
Oh, WOW!! I just made your jam this morning! SO easy and it turned out FABULOUS!! The only thing I added was 2 T. fresh lemon juice, because I always add it to every jam recipe I make. Next time I’ll double it so I can give some away. I absolutely love your blog and all of your recipes I’ve ever made. I’m making the Slow Cooker French Dip sandwiches this weekend. A friend of mine who also follows you makes them all the time. My hubs is going to go nuts! 🙂
So glad to hear you’re having great successes!
Oh my God this is the best. I have been eating it with a spoon. So easy to make. I made 6 batches. Probably not enough!
Just got done making my second batch. We have a white peach tree that has never produced much until this year then WOW! They are so sweet I cut the sugar back in the second batch and substituted some brown sugar. yum! I put it in regular canning jars that sealed so think it’s ok to leave on the shelf until opened, like regular canned jams and jellies. I’ll report back if it spoils. Thanks for the easy to follow dieections and pictures.
Yes, please report back, thanks!
This tastes incredible! I am wondering if I can use this same recipe and put it in a water bath to store on the shelf instead of the freezer? I have lots of shelf space, but limited freezer space.
I really don’t know… I’m not familiar w/ traditional canning at all!
This sounds marvelous and I have a tree full of marvelous peaches. Question: has anyone tried using Stevia rather than sugar? My husband is diabetic. Thanks for all the marvelous ideas and recipes.
I haven’t tried it myself, but I know that I’ve seen people do it with other recipes. I’ll bet it would work!
Just got done making this jam…….this is delicious!!! I will most certainly be making another bath…..doubling it this time!! Looking forward to giving a few jars as Christmas gifts to people 🙂 Thanks for another great recipe 🙂
Glad to hear it was a success!
Love this recipe! I love enjoying homemade jame in the cold months. It makes it feel like summer.
I luv luv luv peach jam and when in season I freeze them just for this purpose and YES the glad cntnrs. are awesome and work well. I also can the peaches for holiday gift giving in small glass jars. Its great on cream cheese and crackers etc. yummy TKS for recipes you give us to enjoy and soooo easy to boot.
I can’t get over how simple freezer jam is! Definitely must try.
Wanna sell me some? I’ll take a dozen jars. Looks AMAZING!
Gorgeous peach freezer jam, Lori! I am with you…I adore peaches. Nectarines, too. Excellent tips to share with peeps on how to easily peel peaches. Thanks for sharing!
This is like preserving summer in a jar! Love this!
This sounds delicious! What a great way to enjoy peaches after summer.
Love this! Texas (and Arizona) peaches are on and popping right now, so I’ve been canning my face off. I haven’t tried freezer canning yet, but it’s on my To Do list. Love the addition of the cinnamon!
I do that boiling method with tomatoes but never thought about doing it with peaches. And since I’m making peach-jalapeno margaritas this week…that is what I’m doing!!
Love how easy this jam is! Perfect way to enjoy peaches in the middle of winter!
Looks yummy and pretty easy! How long can they remain in the freezer and once opened in the fridge? Thanks for all the wonderful recipes!
I love this idea and the jam looks awesome! Perfect for PB & J!
I want to try this, I’ve only ever made the regular kind of jam, not freezer jam, I love peaches and this looks quick and easy.
can I use any kind of glass jars?
How about glad plastic containers?
I don’t want to spend the money to buy special freezer jars.
Hi Christine, it’s best to use those that actually say “freezer safe,” since you wouldn’t want them cracking on you. However, my sister tells me that she uses the little Glad disposable plastic containers for freezer jam all the time without any problems.
This jam looks perfect!! I am totally saving this!