August 7, 2012

Microwave Peach Jam

Did you know that you can make jam in the microwave?  It is so quick!  Why don't you give it a try?!

Microwave Peach Jam

1 1/2 to 2 1/4 cups fresh peaches, enough for 1 cup mashed*
1/4 - 1/2 cup sugar**
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon butter or margarine

Slice and peel peaches. Cut them up, place in a 2 quart microwave-safe bowl and then take a potato masher and mash them up (if you don't want your jam to be too chunky).  Add rest of ingredients and stir.  Microwave on high for 8 - 9 minutes until mixture thickens, stirring every 2 minutes.  Cool (keep in mind that the mixture will thicken a little more as it cools).  Cover and refrigerate.  If mixture becomes a little too thick, you can always add water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until it reaches the desired consistency.  This will keep in the fridge for several months.  You can freeze this as well.

Servings:  1 cup

*I used about 5-6 small to medium-sized peaches.

**I used somewhere between 1/4 and 1/2 cup.  Feel free to taste it (be careful -- it is very, very hot!).  You can always add more sugar if desired.

Note:  Since I had a little more than 1 cup of fruit, I cooked my jam an extra 3 minutes.  If you cook yours longer, stir it every minute and check on its thickness so you don't overcook it.

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