Easy Peach Pineapple Freezer Jam

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The fall and summer are the times when the fruit and vegetables are in abundance, so it makes sense to do tons of preserving to maintain that freshness throughout the cooler months. This easy peach pineapple freezer jam recipe is perfect in late summer when peaches are at their sweetest and ripest. This a no-cook jam recipe, due to the use of instant pectin, so that jam will set no matter what. Pectin is a natural substance in many fruits, particularly apples and citrus, and plays a necessary role in all jam recipes because this is what allows the jam to set. Since fruit naturally contains pectin, you can cook many jams without store-bought pectin. The process will simply take a lot longer, since you need to give the pectin time to cook out on the stove, and since the process takes so long, you may cook a lot of the nutrients out of the fruit. For this reason, added pectin is a good option with any jam recipe, because it will preserve what is nutritious about the fruit.

In the case of this pineapple jam recipe, the jam isn’t cooked at all, which means the nutrients will be completely preserved. Not cooking the jam is a good thing because the nutritional value of pineapple is worthwhile having in your diet. Pineapple nutrients include very high amounts of vitamin C and manganese, as well as high amounts of thiamine, dietary fiber, and vitamin B6. Vitamin C is imperative for helping the immune system function, as well as maintaining bone health, teeth, and gums. Vitamin B6 is another crucial vitamin necessary to the production of insulin and helping to keep blood sugars within a normal range. Pineapple is very high in sugar, which may be its only downfall, but as a result, you don’t have to add as much granulated sugar to this pineapple recipe as you would otherwise. Like pineapple, peaches are also very high in vitamin C. They are also high in vitamin A, niacin, potassium and dietary fiber. Vitamin A is an excellent nutrient for maintaining eye health, as well as promoting healing from injuries.

Many fruit jam recipes will be cooked on the stove, but whether the preserves and jams are cooked or not is dependent on what type of pectin you are using. Classic pectin will require that the jam recipe is cooked on the stove, while the instant means you don’t have to. You can also purchase pectin in liquid or low-sugar form. Often pectin is given a bad rap because it requires a lot of added sugar to work properly. If you are prepared to make jam, however, chances are you are fine with enjoying some natural-occurring or added sugar. This peach and pineapple jam recipe will be a pleasant addition to your toast during the winter. You could even warm it to loosen it and drizzle it over ice cream for a makeshift banana split. Thank you, Melissa, at ‘Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen’ recipe blog, for sharing her exceptionally easy peach pineapple freezer jam recipe with us.

Nutrition Facts for: Easy Peach Pineapple Freezer Jam from Melissa's Southern Kitchen
Ingredients: Granulated sugar, instant pectin, fresh peaches, fresh pineapple, fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, almond extract.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet. * The entire recipe has been calculated for 6 (8)ounce jars. * Per Serving:Calories 596, Calories from Fat 4, Total Fat 0.4g 1%, Saturated Fat 0.1g 0%, Cholesterol 0mg 0%, Sodium 2mg 0%, Potassium 288mg 8%, Carbohydrates 156.0g 52%, Dietary Fiber 6.8g 27%, Sugars 148.5g, Protein 1.4g, Vitamin A 8%, Vitamin C 64%, Calcium 1%, Iron 3%

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