Cook's Hideout: Peach-Mango Jam with Vanilla

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.
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

  • 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.

Sending this over to Valli's Condiment Mela.


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

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

  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.


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

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

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

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

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

  9. Love the combo of fruits in jams!

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

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

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

  14. The jam looks yum!


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

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

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

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

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