The best vanilla peach jam ever. Made with fresh peaches and vanilla bean.
Peach season is one of my all time favorites. There is just something so wonderful about the taste and smell of peaches. I probably love them so much because I have great memories with my grandma King and her peach tree. We would go outside in her backyard and climb on the ladder to pick as many peaches as we could possible get. I was very little at the time so I couldn’t reach up very high, and she was a tiny little thing–only 4’9″ so she couldn’t reach much higher than I could.
We would make our way back into her little white kitchen that faced East. The window was big and was right in the front of the house. Her table sat right in front of it and together we would sit there and eat fresh peaches and cream. I now have my own peach tree and last year was our first real harvest. Although my peaches were amazing, I don’t think I’ve had one as good as the ones that I would have with my grandma.
Now, my grandma made some delicious jam as well. I remember her making apricot jam, she may have made peach jam as well, but I know for sure that if she was still around she would most definitely be proud of me for making this delicious vanilla peach jam.
Fresh peaches with vanilla bean that is cooked down for over an hour creates a flavor combination that is out of this world. It does take a while to make this recipe, but the end result is worth every minute. I promise it will not last long.
Don’t forget to pin this recipe for later. If you are into canning, just make this recipe, add into your canning jars and process your cans for sealing. Perfect on toast or scones (my grandma also made the worlds best scone), this is perfect on scones. Also can use as a topping for ice cream or even a scoop in some yogurt or cottage cheese is delicious.
Hope you enjoy this with someone you love. Take the time to sit at the kitchen table in front of a window and have a great conversation together while eating these peaches 🙂
- Put the peaches, lemon juice and 2 cups sugar in a heavy bottomed pot.
- Slice vanilla bean in half lengthwise. Use the flat side of a knife scrape out the seeds and place in the pot along with the empty pod halves.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer.
- Simmer for about 1 1/2 hours. Stirring occasionally. The peaches will turn a golden, caramelized orange color.
- Allow to cool slightly (discard bean pods) and ladle into mason jar. When cooled completely store in the refrigerator. It will continue thickening as it cools.
If canning, just following canning instructions to seal can.