August 25, 2011

Peach-Mango Jam with Vanilla

What do you do when there are only 2 adults (and one kid who doesn’t eat fruit AT ALL) and crate full of peaches and mangoes to eat before they go down south into the garbage. First thing I would do is to bring some sense into the people who are buying these excessive fruit. But come on who can resist those sweet smelling mangoes in Indian grocery – one fruit is definitely not enough and the next best (cheapest) is the crate with a dozen of them, I picked up the latter. Also peaches had a $2 coupon at BJs, so they came home too.


After eating the fruit for a week, I started thinking of options of consuming them in bulk. Some of the peaches went into this yummy summer soda that I made for the BBQ – very summery and refreshing. With the rest of the peaches I made this peach-mango jam and added some ground vanilla as flavoring. I still have a couple more mangoes that I’m planning to make mango lassi with – don’t want to end the summer without enjoying an ice cold lassi.

Traditionally whole vanilla beans are used to flavor the jam, but I used pulverized vanilla (ground vanilla??) instead. I added pectin to the jam to get a more jam like consistency. I also used a hand blender to make a smooth jam instead of chunky.



Here’s how I made the jam.
Ingredients:
Peaches – 3 medium, peeled, pitted and chopped (about 3 cups)
Ripe Mangoes – 2 medium, peeled, pitted and chopped (about 3 cups)
Sugar – 1cup (use less if you want not-so-sweet jam, we like it sweeter, so I went with 1cup of sugar)
Ground Vanilla – 2tsp (use Vanilla bean if you have it, wondering if vanilla extract would work here??)
Orange Juice – ¼ cup (freshly squeezed)
Pectin – 3tsp

Method:
  • Add the chopped fruit, sugar and orange juice (and vanilla bean if using) to a heavy bottom saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil; lower the heat and simmer the mixture until the fruits start to break down. 
  • Add the ground vanilla and mix well. You can blend with a hand mixer for a smoother jam at this stage or mash with a potato masher for a chunkier one. 
  • Finally add pectin, make sure to mix it very well otherwise pectin forms papery residue in the jam. Simmer for 5-10 minutes or until jam thickens. Check this cool tip by Suma @ Ecurry on how to determine whether your jam is ready or not.

I’m not much into canning/ preserving, so I spoon my jam into clean jars and promptly refrigerate them once completely cooled.


Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have been cooking up for Day 3 of BM# 8.

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22 comments:

  1. this jam is really mouthwatering..like the way you have set up the breakfast for us!!..thank u..sweetie...

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  2. Love the addition of mango,cant wait to try this combo in jam..

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  3. Hey Pavani,
    nice jam, am yet to make an attempt in jam making love your fruit combination. Also like the idea of using orange juice instead of lime/lemon as acid.

    ~Pradnya

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  4. Neat clicks n the jam sounds delicious, I love homemade preserves!
    USMasala

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  5. looks yumm. I got to try my hand at jam making..but no clients at home for jam :)

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  6. Mouthwatering jam, Looks delicious! My daughter will love it.

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  7. Lovely Jam.. I love the nice yellowish orange color...
    Nice clicks!!

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  8. thats a really nice way to start ur morning!..love the clicks!

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  9. Love the combo of fruits in jams!

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  10. Pavani .. loving your pictures and the presentation. Jam looks inviting.

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  11. Just love all kinds of jam.Looks yummy!!!!

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  12. I will need to try this for sure........looks yummy.
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  13. Delicious jam...yum yum and beautiful clicks

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  14. I'm all for home made jam. The combo of peaches and mango sounds yummm. Lovely pics.

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  15. Luv the combo of fruits in this jam..Great way of saving fruit flavours..

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  16. Not sure if my comment came thr!..Wish I had read this post yesterday...a big bowl of mixed fruit went down the drain! ...love that presentation and that bottle too..homemade must make it great tasting!

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  17. That jam looks "jammy". According to my son, that means its really really good!

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  18. Wowwwwww... perfect and delicious combination.. looks absolutely inviting.. Awesome presentation too.. Thanks for the recipe :)
    Indian Cuisine

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