Good Sunday Morning! This recipe I am sharing today is one of my very favorite preserves recipes. And since we’re at the height of peach season right now, it’s the perfect time to preserve that essence of summer in a jar.
Now, you’re going to have to make these preserves the old-fashioned way. That means no box of pectin and lots of standing at the stove stirring and watching the pot. But if you’ve got the time and the inclination, I think it really is worth it. And if you enjoy canning things, I think it’s good to give the old-fashioned way a try at least once. Enjoy these preserves!
Spiced Peach Preserves
- 2 1/2 lbs peaches, peeled and chopped
- 3 cups sugar
- 3 Tb lemon juice
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/2 tsp cardamom
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
Combine all ingredients in a large pot, and bring to a rolling boil over medium-high heat. While the mixture cooks, use a potato masher to mash up the peaches to the consistency you want. Continue cooking and stirring until the mixture has reached the jelling point (about 220F). When you run your spoon through the preserves, you should be able to see the bottom of the pot, that’ll tell you they’ve thickened enough.
Remove from heat, and ladle into sterilized jars. Process in a boiling water bath for 5 minutes.