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Spiced Peach Jam





4 cups prepared fruit*
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. fruit protector (optional)
1/2 tsp. ground allspice
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
5 cups sugar
1 fruit pectin
1/2 tsp. margarine or


Peel, pit and finely chop peaches. Measure 4 cups into 6- or 8-quart saucepot. Stir in lemon juice, fruit protector and spices. Measure sugar into separate bowl. (Scrape excess sugar from cup with spatula to level for exact measure.) Stir fruit pectin into fruit in saucepot. Add margarine. Bring to full rolling boil on high heat, stirring constantly. Quickly stir in all sugar. Return to full rolling boil and boil exactly 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim off any foam with metal spoon. Ladle quickly into hot sterilized jars, filling to within 1/8" of tops. Wipe jar rims and threads. Cover with two-piece lids. Screw bands tightly. Invert jars 5 minutes, then turn upright. After jars are cool, check seals. Or follow water bath method recommended by USDA.

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* About 3 pounds fully ripe peaches.

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