Kel’s Spiced Pickled Peaches: Make These Now!

Out of the waterbath

My grandparents turned me on to store-bought spicy pickled peaches years and years ago. I think the peaches were packed into the jars whole, pit and all, but I won’t swear on that.  I just remember how great these peaches tasted!

If you’ve been reading my blog lately, you know I’m on a canning kick and promised to share some of my most successful recipes. If you live in the Southeast, you know that peaches are in full season (yaaaaaaaah!) and just ready to be eaten by themselves, on cereal or yogurt, or made into cobblers, pies and bellinis.

Bellini

For the first time ever, I canned fresh peaches and tried to make them spicy and sweet like those I enjoyed with Mamma and Pampa. And I loved the results for my initial try. While the peaches are naturally sweet, the cinnamon, allspice and cloves add such a wonderful spicy and warm flavor.

Peaches

Make sure to use ripe but firm peaches, firmness being the key here. If you buy a bucket of peaches at a farmer’s market or fruit stand, inspect each peach — you don’t want the ones that are too soft (at least to preserve.)

Ingredients (Makes 4-5 pints)

Kel's pickled peaches ingredients

  • 6 cups sugar
  • 4 cups white vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 8 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tablespoons whole cloves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon allspice
  • 8 pounds peaches
  • Fruit Protector (I used Ball’s Fruit-Fresh Produce Protector)

Preparation

Place the cloves, ginger and allspice in a spice bag (you can make your own like I did using cheesecloth.)

Wrap spices in cheesecloth

In a large pot, combine the sugar, vinegar, water, cinnamon sticks and spice bag.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes or so.

Heat sugar, vinegar, water, spices and cinnamon

Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add scored peaches in small batches for one minute. This will make the skins come off easy.

Boil peaches for a minute

Transfer the peaches to an ice bath.

Peaches in icebath

Peel the peaches and cut into slices.

Peeled peaches

Toss them with the fruit protector (follow instructions on how much to use, etc. on the container.)

Drain peaches

Drain the peaches and add them to the hot syrup. Simmer for 20 minutes or so.

Add peaches to syrup

Pack the peaches into hot, sterile jars, adding one cinnamon stick per jar. Add syrup to the jars, leaving ½ inch headspace. Remove air bubbles, wipe the top and rims of the jars, and adjust the lids and bands.

Process in a boiling water canner for 20 minutes.

Process peaches in waterbath

Store in a dry place. I waited about 2 weeks before I opened my first jar.

Kel's Pickled peaches

These go great with pork chops! Or top off some Greek yogurt with them for a special breakfast or dessert treat.

Kel's pickled peaches on yogurt

Bon appétit!

Eat, drink and be merry!

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