Fruits & Vegetables

Honey Spiced Peaches

Fruits & Vegetables

Honey Spiced Peaches

Preserving Method: Water Bath Canning

Makes about 3 (32 oz) quarts  or 6 (16oz) Pint Jars


These zesty peaches add a burst of spicy fruit flavor to bran muffins. Add about 1 cup drained, coarsely chopped peaches to the batter just before baking.

Makes:

3 Quart Jars (32 oz) or 6 Pint Jars (16oz)

Prep:

20 Minutes

Processing Time:

25 Minutes


INGREDIENTS

8 lb peaches (about 24 small)*

1 cup sugar

4 cups water

2 cups honey

1-1/2 tsp whole allspice

3/4 tsp whole cloves

3 sticks cinnamon


DIRECTIONS

FIRST, LET'S PREP!

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Prepare boiling water canner. Heat jars in simmering water until ready for use. Do not boil. Wash lids in warm soapy water and set bands aside.

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Wash, peel and pit peaches. Leave peaches in halves or cut into slices, if desired. Treat fruit to prevent browning.

NEXT, TIME TO COOK!

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Combine sugar, water and honey. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add peaches in syrup one layer at a time and cook for 3 minutes.

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Pack hot peaches into hot jars leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Add 1/2 tsp allspice, 1/4 tsp cloves and 1 stick cinnamon to each jar.

NEXT, LET'S CAN IT!

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Ladle hot syrup over peaches leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe rim. Center hot lid on jar. Apply band and adjust until fit is fingertip tight.

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Process filled jars in a boiling water canner for 25 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Turn off the heat and remove the cover. Let jars cool for 5 minutes before removing the jars from canner. Check lids for seal after 24 hours. Lid should not flex up and down when center is pressed.


*CAUTION: Do not use this process to can white-flesh peaches. Some varieties of white-flesh peaches are higher in pH (i.e. lower in acid) making them a low-acid food for canning purposes. At this time there are no low-acid or acidification procedures for white-flesh peaches.

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DID YOU KNOW?

To guarantee the most delicious preserved foods, always begin with the best-quality produce at its peak of ripeness.

HAPPY CANNING!