I have been in a bit of a canning frenzy lately. Produce has looked particularly beautiful this year and once I got started I didn’t want to stop. One of my favorite new recipes is for spiced peaches. I bought a bushel of peaches and did half of them in a light syrup, spiced nearly half a bushel and made jam out of the remainder. I found peeling peaches much more time consuming and challenging than peeling beets and tomatoes. I dropped them into boiling water and then into an ice bath just like tomatoes but the peach skin wasn’t quite as cooperative. The first thing you need to do is get rid of the fuzzy peach skin and then we can start spicing the peaches.
As with any canning project you will need to sterilize your jars in a boiling water bath.
You will need:
Approximately 40 peaches peeled and sliced
7 cups of sugar
2 cups of water
1 cup white vinegar
2 cinnamon sticks crushed (I wrapped them in a dish towel and smashed them with a hammer)
12 whole cloves
Combine sugar, water, and vinegar in a large heavy kettle. Bring to a boil and continue to simmer until liquid begins to thicken. Add peaches and spices and simmer until peaches are thoroughly heated.
Once the fruit is heated fill your prepared jars with the peaches and cover with the syrup leaving a half inch of head space. Process the jars in a boiling water bath for 35 minutes. Remove jars to a towel to cool.
You can can your peaches whole, halved or sliced.
These peaches can replace syrup on your pancakes or waffles, spice up your oatmeal, add interest to ham, pork chops or chicken, or serve as an ice cream topping. Or just eat them out of the jar. If you like peaches you will love these!
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