Gather up your usual canning supplies, large pot for lids and jars, pressure canner, pot for your jam, jars and lids, etc.
Ingredients & Process:
1. 8 cups of peaches. Boil water and allow the peaches to sit for a few minutes then transfer to cold water, the skins come right off.
2. 4 cups of strawberries. I used the frozen strawberries that I had, but you can always use fresh. Just make sure that they are properly cleaned and hulled.
3. Chop the peaches and strawberries and then transfer into a large pot.
4. Add the juice of 2 small lemons (make sure to strain the sends) to the peaches and strawberries and heat over medium/high until the fruit softens.
5. Using a hand blender, blend the peach/strawberry mixture until the fruit is well blended.
6. Add your spices, if you would like, as well as 3 cups of white sugar and 1 cup of brown sugar; stir well.
7. Turn the heat up to high and stir regularly so that your jam does not scald, you will want this to thicken and boil. You will want to have a thermometer on hand so that you know when the temperature of the jam reached 221 F, this will take between 45 minutes and an hour.
8. To test the consistency of the jam place a small spoonful on a glass plate that has been kept in the freezer, return to freezer and after a minute remove to see if the consistency is to your liking.
9. When the jam is gelled, remove from the heat and pour into your hot, sterilized jars and top with the lids.
10. You can process these in a hot water bath for 10 minutes or in a pressure canner for 10 minutes. Remember, the processing time starts once the water is boiling or once the canner is steaming and the gauge is at 5 pounds of pressure.
11. Remove the jars and place on a towel away from drafts so that the lids properly seal. If there are any jars that do not seal, place these in the refrigerator and use soon.