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Just Peachy
July 27, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Imagine if we could remember our first taste of a juicy, ripe peach? Right now they’re bountiful at farmers’ markets, so if your baby is turning six months or older, it’s like hitting the edible jackpot. Besides being a good source of Vitamin C, peaches have a natural sweetness baby can enjoy by making a simple puree in the food processor. As she gets older, skip flavored yogurts, which tend to be high in sugar, and stir in that same simple puree or some homemade jam—we’ve got an easy recipe below. And when she moves onto pancakes, why not swap in some peach syrup too? Before you know it, she’ll have fresh peach juice dribbling down her chin as she gets older and chomps down into a whole one in all of its unadorned glory.

Easy Peach Jam
Makes about 3 cups

I've made jam on the stove top but nothing beats the ease and speed of using the microwave. My microwave is 1000 watts, so keep in mind that cooking times will vary for models with lower or higher power.

4 cups peaches, peeled & sliced
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons calcium water (included with pectin package - follow directions for making water)
2 teaspoons Pomona's Universal Pectin

  1. Add the sliced peaches to the bowl of your Cuisinart food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. Transfer to a large glass bowl, microwave-safe bowl. Add sugar and calcium water; cook on high in microwave until peaches are almost boiling, about 3 minutes. Ladle out 1 cup of cooked peaches into a bowl; set aside. Continue cooking remaining peaches for 3 more minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk the pectin powder into the reserved cup of peaches. It will look like it clumping but don't worry. Stir the pectin-peach mixture into the peach-sugar mixture. Cook on high for 3 more minutes, until thick and bubbly. Transfer to a heat-proof container, let cool and refrigerate for up to three weeks or process using canning jars in a hot water bath for 10 minutes.

Homemade Peach Syrup
Makes about 3 cups

If you prefer to make this syrupy peach topping on the stovetop, then add the ingredients to a medium-sized pot, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer until thick and jam-like. Since there is no pectin, it will not set or jel but will be a tasty topping to waffles, pancakes and even yogurt.

4 cups peaches, peeled & sliced
1 cup sugar

Add the sliced peaches to the bowl of your Cuisinart food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. Transfer to a large glass bowl, microwave-safe bowl. Add sugar and cook on high in microwave until peaches have reduced by half and are a thick, jam-like consistency, about 12 minutes. The bowl will be very hot, so be sure to use a hand towel or pot holder to remove from microwave. Transfer to a heat-proof container, let cool and refrigerate for up to three weeks or process using canning jars in a hot water bath for 10 minutes.

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