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Peach Habanero Jam

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Turn peaches and fruity hot habanero peppers into a delicious sweet and spicy preserves. Peach habanero jam is perfect on wings, as a glaze for pork chops or with cream cheese and crackers for a quick and easy appetizer.

Jars of freshly made habanero peach jelly with orange habaneros nearby.

Use the fruity heat of habaneros with sweet peaches to make the perfect sweet and spicy spread. This easy 4 ingredient recipe will give you a thick and tasty jelly that is perfect with grilled meats or mixed with cream cheese for an easy dip.

Post from 2015

Pops has a habanero plant at the farm that is going crazy.  Every time he goes there to harvest the garden, he comes home with dozens of habaneros.  

He isn’t quite sure what to do with them though.  He has stuffed some along with he weekly stuffed jalapenos.  

They were good, but you can’t eat more than one like that.  (You can, but you might not like yourself much afterwards. Those babies are hot!)  

He is thinking of putting some in his dehydrated hot pepper mix.  That should add some kick!  

Otherwise he is just trying to give them away.   I have been wanting him to make some into peach habanero jelly, but he hasn’t followed through.  So, I took matters into my own hands!

Step by step pictures of turning hot peppers and peaches into jelly.

I don’t mess around when it comes to hot peppers, so I donned the gloves and went to work.  There is nothing worse than taking your contacts out and finding out you still have hot pepper juice on your fingers!  

This recipe is really simple.  Using and immersion blender made it even easier.  

No pectin or gelatin needed either.  This will thicken up plenty on it’s own.  

I did some searching for recipes and found that some added all sorts of spices and flavors.  I just wanted it to be the sweet of the peach and the heat of the pepper.  So, this recipe is simple and delicious.  

Pot of peaches and habaneros cooking down to be made into jam.

I like to use a cast iron pan when I make jams and jellies. The thick bottom helps keep hot spots under control so the thick sugary mixtures are less likely to stick and burn.

The sloped sides of a cast iron saucier are perfect for keeping things from scorching and the lack of corners meant nothing got missed when I was stirring.  Sometimes we need all of the help we can get!

One last little tip.  I know the picture below is a strange one to post… but it is worth it!  

Plate with drop of peach habanero jam chilled in fridge checking final thickness before going into jars.

MiMi and I have had some trouble with jellies and jams in the past.  We follow the instructions exactly and end up with looser jams than we had hoped for.  

Don’t worry, loose jam is perfect over pancakes, waffles and ice cream!

This time though, I put a small drop on a plate and stuck it in the fridge.  In no time at all it cooled and proved my jelly was ready to come off the heat and go into jars.  No guess work needed and no surprises later!

Did you ever wonder why there is almost always lemon in jelly and jam recipes?  Here’s why!

Tips and Tricks

If you have them, use gloves when working with hot peppers like habaneros. If not, be sure to wash your hands several times and don’t touch any sensitive parts for several hours.

Oils left on your hands from habaneros can make eyes water for quite a while after you touch them. So be aware of your fingers and know that the burn will fade away if you forget and touch something.

If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can use a blender or food processor. Just be careful, when blending hot liquids the steam can build up and cause the lid to blow. So stop and vent the blender several times as you go.

Grilled pork chop glazed with peach habanero jam glaze.

If you are worried about the heat level, start by using just one habanero. Taste the jam after about 10 minutes of cooking and add more pepper if you want.

This jam makes a great glaze for grilled meats like chicken or pork. Use it a lot like you would a bbq sauce or glaze, just melt a little down and brush it on during the last minute or two of grilling.

We like to spread a little softened cream cheese on a cracker and top it with a dollop of jam. That way you can add as much or as little as you would like.

However, for easier serving you can stir a cup of jelly into a brick of cream cheese for a 2 ingredient cracker spread. It’s a perfect two minute appetizer.

More great peach recipes:

A little sweet and a little heat will have you licking your fingers and coming back for more! Peach habanero chicken wings are perfect game day food.

Sweet but spiked with a bit of warm spice, spiced peach preserves will take your toast and biscuits to the next level!

Creamy 4 ingredient peach ice cream is a perfect summer treat. The base comes together in just a few minutes and it has the perfect fruity finish.

Jars of sweet heat peach habanero jelly ready to be stored for later use.

Peach and vanilla come together to make a delicious spread for toast or topping pancakes or waffles. Vanilla bean peach preserves is easy to make and freezes great too!

Simple peach and vanilla sauce is perfect over pancakes, waffles, oatmeal or ice cream.  In fact, there’s not much it isn’t good on!

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Yield: 36 Servings (3.5 Cups of Preserves)

Peach Habanero Jelly

Jars of freshly made habanero peach jelly with orange habaneros nearby.

Turn peaches and fruity hot habanero peppers into a delicious sweet and spicy preserves. It is perfect on wings or with cream cheese and crackers.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb peach slices (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 habaneros

Instructions

  1. Wash habaneros. Remove ribs and seeds then dice.
  2. Peel and slice fresh peaches if that is what you are using. Place peach slices and remaining ingredients in thick bottomed pot or dutch oven.
  3. Turn heat to medium low and bring to a slow boil.  Stir occasionally to ensure nothing is sticking.  The mixture will be really foamy.  Keep at a low boil, stirring frequently for 15 minutes.
  4. Use an immersion blender to make the mixture as smooth as you would like.
  5. Check the consistency of your jelly by dropping a small drop on a plate and sticking it in the fridge for a minute.  If it is still runny, continue to boil until you get your desired consistency.
  6. Ladle into clean jars and keep in the refrigerator for up to a month or the freezer for 6 months.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

36

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 49Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 0g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Turn peaches and fruity hot habanero peppers into a delicious sweet and spicy preserves. It is perfect on wings or with cream cheese and crackers.

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DOROTHY DOVE

Monday 19th of July 2021

Sounds delicious! Can this be processed in a hot water bath to preserve it longer?

Carlee

Tuesday 20th of July 2021

I tend to freeze it rather than can it myself, mostly because I haven't had the time to really dig into canning. However, I see no reason why you couldn't. A quick search didn't yield any reasons why it wouldn't work. I hope you enjoy it!

Amber L

Tuesday 29th of June 2021

I will definitely be making this with all the peaches I got! My fiance uses it on ribs!!!

Carlee

Tuesday 29th of June 2021

YUM! That sounds so good! I need to make another batch myself.

Unknown

Monday 6th of August 2018

How many jars does this make? Sounds delicious!

Carlee

Monday 13th of August 2018

It makes 3 of the jelly jar sized jars. It really is delicious with cream cheese and crackers and we've made some really good chicken wings with it too!

Unknown

Sunday 30th of August 2015

Man, this looks soooooo good! I love the combination of sweet and hot. Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday:-)

Carlee

Sunday 30th of August 2015

I've been addicted to it! I almost single handedly drained a jar this week! Thanks for hosting.

Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

Sunday 30th of August 2015

This would be nice with the cream cheese I think although a little spicy! Thanks for sharing with us at #WednesdaysWisdom

Carlee

Sunday 30th of August 2015

It is definitely spicy. At first taste you get mostly the sweet and peach, but it leaves you with a burn. The cream cheese does help tame it. I don't think I would spread it right on toast for breakfast like strawberry jam!

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