Nothing beats a jar of homemade peach jam, but when peaches aren't in season or you don't have time to break out the Ball jars, store-bought jam will have to do. Thankfully, there are lots of great brands out there that taste like biting into a juicy, ripe peach. Read on for our top three brands of store-bought peach jam—each one is a little different but all are delicious in their own way.
For many Southerners, only Bama will do. The sweet peach preserves in the curved jelly jar have had a spot in pantries and refrigerators since the 1920s. Bama’s Peach Preserves are very sweet, with a smooth, jelly-like texture. Originally based in Alabama, the company is now owned by Welch’s, which makes its products in Pennsylvania. But as the label says, it’s still “The Southern Tradition.”
Sure, the red and white gingham lid is charming, but we really love what’s inside the jar. Bonne Maman’s Peach Preserves have a wonderfully chunky texture and not-too-sweet flavor. It’s great on a PB&J, as a glaze for pound cake, or as a surprising pancake topping, when thinned with a little water. If you’re looking for something a little different, Bonne Maman also makes Mango-Peach Preserves.
If you’re looking for peach jam with a pedigree, you can’t do much better than the Texas Peach Preserves made by Confituras, an Austin, Texas jam company (and winner of our 2016 Food Awards). Owner Stephanie McClenny makes her preserves in small batches using locally sourced fruit only when it’s in season. In this case, she sources peaches from Lightsey Farms in Mexia, Texas. Served on a cheese plate, or drizzled over vanilla ice cream, the bright, pure flavor of this jam will impress anyone.