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Colorado Fresh Peaches and the Perfect Jam

The Western Slope features some of the best tasting, juicy, tree ripe Colorado peaches in the United States brought fresh to you by Colorado fresh produce.

Working directly with the best orchards in Palisade, CO, peaches will be exceptionally early this year due to warm weather this spring.  Here are a few tips, and one of our favorite recipes we do every year:

Peaches can ripen by placing them in a box covered with a newspaper or in a box covered with a bag folded over.  The process should only take two to three days.  The maximum refrigerator storage time for peaches is three to four days.  Peaches don’t necessarily get a lot sweeter after being picked, but simply get softer and more edible.  To remove the skins, use a vegetable peeler (or a paring knife).  Lastly, remember to never cook peaches with the pit because it will impart a bitter taste to what you’re making.

Here is ‘s easy peach preserve:

I love to make small batches of “freeze” jam.  It’s so easy to make, and tastes fantastic!

  • 4 cups of sliced, pitted peaches
  • 3 tablespoons of Turbino sugar (natural sugar) or 4 tablespoons of white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of absorbic/citric acid mix

Place the three items in a blender, puree.

Pour the puree into plastic freezer approved small containers, let cool, seal and freeze.

This can be used like any jelly or jam once thawed.  In fact, we’ll often go through about 6 ounces per week (as a family of 6).

(You can also substitute apricots for peaches following the same recipe).