Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Spicy Peach Spread

There is something about the month of August that makes me want to can.  I don't care how hot it gets outside, my canner is letting off steam inside.  I love putting up jars of summertime goodness to enjoy all winter long.  I love stuffing green beans in a jar and pouring tomato juice into a jar and boiling up jam to ladle into a jar.  {Squeal!}  I just love it!!  So when a big box of peaches from the Washington State Fruit Commission showed up on my doorstep I broke out the jars and canner and got right to work.  

And while SweetPreservation.com has lots of recipe ideas for you to use for peaches.  I selected a recipe out of my Ball Guide to Home Preserving Book for a Spicy Peach Spread.  This is a great recipe to use on bread, or I'm even going to use it as a marinade for meat in my crock pot this winter.   
4 tart apples, peel, cored and chopped
5 cups pitted peeled peaches
1 can (12 oz) undiluted, frozen unsweetened apple juice concentrate, thawed
2 tsp. grated lemon zest
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ground ginger

1. Prepare canner, jars and lids.
2. In a large, deep stainless steel saucepan, combine apples, peaches and apple juice concentrate.
3. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly.
4. Reduce heat and boil gently, stirring frequently while mashing fruit, until mixture thickens about 25 minutes.
5. Remove from heat and test gel, if gel stage has been reached skim off foam.
6. Ladel hot jam into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space.
7. Remove air bubbles and adjust head space if needed.
8. Wipe rim, center lid on jar and screw band to fingertip tightness.
9. Place jar in canner, ensuring they are completely covered with water.  Bring to a boil and process for 10 minutes.  
Yields: 7 half pint jars.

Thanks to SweetPreservation.com for supplying me with fresh peaches in exchange for this blog post.  Please note all photos are my own.

1 comment:

Kimmi said...

This looks delicious! I just canned peaches last weekend. Do you have a good canning recipe for pickles? That's my next adventure.