I’ve been all about peach recipes lately. Probably because I’m immediately blasted with the heady smell of peaches at our local farmer’s markets and produce stands lately. Heavy, lush, juicy peaches have been everywhere. Signs for fresh Georgia peaches and fresh South Carolina peaches have even greeted me from roadside stands as I’ve been driving along.
One drippy, juicy bite of those babies has me wanting peach season to never end.
I always have to remind myself to be sure and preserve as much of that peak peach deliciousness as possible by making peach jelly. It never fails though, by Christmas, I wish I’d preserved twice as much as I did. Maybe this is the summer I’ll do it!
The recipe I use if from Ball’s Blue Book Guide to Preserving cookbook that they sent me recently along with a package of other canning goodies. It’s a simple, straight-forward recipe that yields about nine half-pints.
Now, for that peach jelly.
Here’s the recipe. Just be sure to make these soon! You’ll be so glad you did!
- 6 cups peeled, pitted, and finely chopped peaches (about 6 pounds)
- 1½ cups water
- 3½ cups peach juice
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 7½ cups sugar
- 6 ounces liquid pectin
- Combine peaches and water in a large (about 8-quart) stainless-steel saucepot. Bring to a boil. Reduce to medium-low heat and simmer for about five minutes. Remove from heat and skim off any foam with a stainless-steel spoon. Cover and allow to stand for about 20 minutes.
- Strain the juice through a fine mesh sieve over a large bowl. Discard any pulp. Line the sieve with two layers of cheesecloth and strain the juice two times. Refrigerate if not using immediately.
- Measure peach juice. You may add up to ½ cup of water to the peach juice to make it equal exactly the 3½ cups needed.
- Combine peaches, pectin and lemon juice in a large saucepot. Bring to a boil, stirring gently. Add sugar, stirring until dissolved. Return to a rolling boil. Boil hard for 1 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim foam if necessary with a stainless-steel spoon.
- Ladle hot preserves into hot jars, leaving ¼-inch headspace. Adjust two-piece caps. Process 10 minutes in a boiling-water canner.
A while back, I asked on Facebook what things you all liked to can. I was impressed with all of the answers! From homemade salsa, jams, jellies, pickles, beans, tomatoes, and so many other mighty delicious things! What’s your favorite way to can though? The water-bath method, pressure-cooker, or freezer method?
If you are loving peach season as much as I am, you may also like these recipes:
- Grilled Peaches with Honey and Ice Cream Recipe
- Recipe: Peach & Prosciutto Bruschetta Recipes from The Kitchn
- Grandmother’s Peach Cobbler