Monday, June 3, 2013

Fresh Summer Peach Preserves Recipe

Just Peachy
by Tracy Carpenter
Photo by Amanda Causey 

It’s no mistake to use the expression “just peachy” to describe complete satisfaction here in the south. In fact, we can think of nothing more satisfying than fresh summer peaches. Peach preserves are an easy way to preserve summer’s fresh flavors and enjoy year round. Here’s a quick recipe you'll be glad you took the time to make, when you spread them over a warm biscuit in the morning.

Fresh Summer Peach Preserves

4 cups fresh peaches, peeled and chopped
¼ cup lemon juice
1 package powdered pectin
5 cups sugar
4-6 half-pint canning jars

Combine peaches, lemon juice, and pectin in large pot. Bring mixture to a boil over high heat until bubbles form over surface, stirring constantly. Add sugar and boil for an additional minute, constantly stirring. Remove from heat and skim foam from surface. Divide into sterilized jars.

Canning Instructions

Bring water to a boil in a large pot. Using tongs, transfer lids, rings, and jars to water and boil for 5 minutes. Remove, using tongs, and let drain on towel. Fill sterilized jars with hot preserves, leaving ½” headspace. Place lids on jars. Wipe sides of jars clean and place in boiling water for 5 minutes. Once jars have cooled, secure lids and store in cool, dark place for up to a year.


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